5 October, 2012 (All day)
A Morgan High School athlete was honored at the 34th annual Dinner of Champions presented Sept. 12 by the McCarthey Family at La Caille Restaurant in Sandy.
On Sept. 12, Bailey Farris was named the female high school athlete of the year for the Utah/Southern Idaho chapter of the National MS Society. She received one of 12 awards presented at the gala. The annual event celebrates athletic and community leaders who inspire all to keep moving forward with drive and determination.
Farris’s uncle John, a Washington state resident, suffers from multiple sclerosis. She has seen first-hand how his deteriorating health has affected his family, which includes five children.
Bailey is the youngest child of Jann and Wendy Farris. Her two older brothers are serving LDS missions in Argentina and Mexico.
At age 6, Bailey was riding motorcycles with her brothers. At age 10, she was a member of her brother’s baseball team. In high school, she was a member of the volleyball team, which claimed region and state championships. She was named Miss Volleyball Utah by the Deseret News in 2011.
A rare staph infection caused Bailey to miss a month of the volleyball season, but it didn’t stop her from helping the team claim the state championship.
Bailey worked as a peer special education tutor at the high school and Morgan Middle School, and worked for two years at the Family Tree Assisted Living facility in Morgan. While in high school, she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant license. She is continuing her education at Utah Valley University on a full-ride volleyball scholarship.