Student Athletes Honored for Success

WHEELING — Saturday, area middle and high school student athletes were recognized by the West Virginia Super Six Athletic Conference for their achievements in the classroom.

At the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, organizers held a brief ceremony to bestow their recognitions. Wayne Ryan, assistant executive director of the WVSSAC, said the students in attendance represented the best of what West Virginia has to offer.

“You have special gifts and talents,” he said. “And you’re willing to use them. You’ve ignored the fear of failure. You know if you want to be successful you’ll have to give a little bit extra.”

Individual awards were presented to several local middle school students, including: Coulter Bracken in the category of male athlete from Bridgeport Middle School; Rachel Simon in the category of female athlete from Triadelphia Middle School; Ryan Quickel in the category of male band member from Triadelphia Middle School; and Paige Wallace in the category of female band member from Sherrard Middle School.

High school winners included: Patrick Brown in the category of male athlete from Wheeling Central Catholic High School; Morgan Glass in the category of female athlete from Wheeling Park High School; Jacob Ochsenbein in the category of male band member from Wheeling Park High School; and Alexandra Templeton in the category of female band member from Wheeling Park High School.

All achieved high grade point averages while participating in their chosen sport.

Brown, a senior at Wheeling Central, said he was grateful for the award.

“Usually only achievements on the field are recognized,” he said. “It’s nice they put the classroom in the spotlight.”

Bernie Dolan, executive director of the WVSSAC, concluded the ceremony with a short speech. He said it’s important to use the term “student athlete” because it’s likely most in the room will not participate in any sort of sport after graduation. Yet, he said, what is accomplished in the classroom will follow most for the rest of their lives.

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