Salem High School's Rocky Mauriello (baseball) received the 2015 Vincent J. Dooley Award for the male Student Athlete of the Year and softball player Peyton Mitchell (who was not able to attend) received the female Student Athlete of the Year Award. The Dooley Awards are named in honor of Vince Dooley, a man who embodies all of the characteristics of an athlete and role model of excellence. The Dooley Awards are presented to one boy and one girl in every high school for their character and leadership both on and off the field and for their contributions to sport and society. The Vincent J. Dooley Award and Scholarship is presented annually by Athletes for a Better World and the Georgia High School Association. Each year, every high school in Georgia is invited to select one male and one female senior athlete to receive the Dooley Award. The award recipients are chosen for their distinguished individual character, outstanding teamwork, and citizenship. The purpose of the awards and scholarships is to call attention to the high esteem in which the values of hard work, sportsmanship, and community service are held, so that they may become a stronger part of the ethos of participation in Georgia high school sports.