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Bunn High School senior earns Extra Effort Award

by Curtis Hayes, Director of Communications

Hannah Martin, a senior at Bunn High School, is being recognized for her outstanding performance as a student-athlete, leader and community servant.

Throughout the school year, WRAL-TV in Raleigh recognizes one student-athlete each week with the Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award. The students who receive this recognition are chosen because they excel on the playing field, as well as in the classroom and in their community. Hannah is scheduled to be featured during the 6 p.m. newscast, Friday, October 4th on WRAL-TV and its related website.

Hannah excels on the Wildcats Tennis Team. She had a 5-1 record as of September 23rd, and her leadership on and off the court had helped the team maintain a perfect record of 6-0 as of that date, according to coach Allen White.

“She works so hard that the term ‘extra effort’ really fits,” White said. “She’s actually tenacious. She wears her opponents out and then picks them apart.”

Hannah is a formidable opponent on the court, and she also takes that energy outside of athletics to excel in academics, as a student government leader, community servant and big sister.

Hannah maintains a GPA above 4.0. She also serves as student body president. In addition, she is a member of Rho Kappa, Beta Club and Louisburg Baptist Church. She actively participates and helps lead the volunteer work of those organizations through her positive attitude and dedication to service.

“We raise money for educational-based outreach,” she said.

Her mother, Elizabeth Martin, who teaches at Bunn Elementary School, said Hannah never seems to stop working and that is a secret to her success.

“She even has two part-time jobs: catering and teaching dance,” Elizabeth said.

Her father, Scottie Martin, said he is proud of all of Hannah’s accomplishments, but what he really appreciates about his eldest daughter is the example she sets for her two little sisters.

“She’s always been the best big sister in the word,” Scottie said.  

After she graduates from Bunn High School with honors in Spring 2020, Hannah said she plans to attend either Appalachian State University or North Carolina State University. Eventually, she said she would like to become an attorney.


A father and mother pose with their two teenage daughters

Hannah Martin, center, with parents Scottie and Elizabeth and sister Maggie


Students seated in a classroom with a tv camera filming Hannah who is wearing a large red sombrero

Hannah in Spanish class at Bunn High School during the filming of her Extra Effort Award
segment for WRAL-TV


A TV photojournalist with camera pointed at a female high school on a tennis court

Hannah Martin being interviewed on the Bunn High School tennis courts


A female tennis player wearing a green top and white skirt returns a serve on a tennis court

Hannah is a tenacious tennis player, according to coach Allen White