The organization will award a combined $74,000 in scholarships to the seniors.
Neal Puckett, Class of 1973, will be honored as the alumnus of the year, and physical education instructor Leah Enterline will be honored as teacher of the year.
Puckett is a member of the Office of Military Commissions for the U.S. Department of Defense. After graduating from Southport, he attended Indiana University, earning a B.A. in Psychology and Speech Communication in 1977.
He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as an intelligence and counterintelligence officer. He received his law degree from IU in 1984 and his Master of Laws degree from San Diego School of Law in 1989. He has served as a military attorney and a military trial judge during his service to the nation. He also was the officer in charge of Legal Services Support Section in Okinawa, Japan.
After retirement from the Marine Corps, Puckett worked as an assistant federal public defender in Pensacola, Fla. In 1999, he founded a law firm specializing in criminal defense law in Virginia. At present, he and his wife, retired Air Force Colonel Marcelyn Atwood, reside in Alexandria, Va.
Enterline is a Mooresville native and experienced physical education teacher with 11 years at Southport High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University with a major in physical education in 2008. Aside from teaching Physical Education 1 and Adapted Physical Education, she also serves as a mentor teacher on the Instructional Leadership Team at SHS.
She is regarded as an accomplished educator who cares deeply about student success and excels at motivating and inspiring students to be the best version of themselves. She is very passionate about health and wellness and aspires to share that with others. Outside of the classroom, Enterline enjoys working out and spending time with her niece, Karsyn, and nephews, Hudson, Baylon and Kai.