Just about a year ago I wrote in this column how impressive it was to see the large number of Goshen High School athletes that were recognized at the spring sports awards program for their achievements in the classroom as well as those in their chosen sports.
It has always been my contention that competing in sports at the high school level is a privilege not a right. The real reason youngsters are in high school should be to get an education. The work in the classroom should always take a priority over athletics.
Some of you might find that a little bit strange coming from someone who makes his living writing about sports. But I know that the vast majority of our local athletes, no matter how talented they might think they are, will not be competing at the professional level. That being the case there has to be another area to fall back upon when it comes to making a living once they are through with school.
Last Monday night was the annual spring sports awards program at GHS.
Each sport names a Kiwanis Scholar Athlete for the four grades and awards a Kiwanis Scholar Certificate.
The Scholar Athletes in baseball were senior DJ Ambrose, junior Adam Pearson, sophomore James Paetkau and freshman Mitchell Walters. Scholar certificates went to seniors Alex Haney, Deric Haynes and Trevor Weldy; juniors Tyler Born, Jack Gingerich, Dustin Otto, Zach Troyer and manager Jennifer Younghans; sophomores Tito Garcia, Conner Glick, manager Molly Metcalfe and Miguel Navarro; freshmen Charlie Collins, CJ Detweiler, Chava Garcia, Tyler Glasgow, Jacob Hamies, Jacob Honey, Ryan Jacobs, Chase Knoblock, Michael Pinarski, Alan Rivera, Will Troyer and Nathanael Wertz.
The Scholar Athletes in softball were seniors Taylor Caouette and Petra Lindeborg, junior Ali Nemeth, sophomore Cassie Brown and freshman Jordan Nemeth. Scholar certificates went to seniors Jessica Axalco, Jessica DeStafano, Brittany Jones and Aurora Perez; juniors Eric Ecker, Brooke Miller, Jordan Stotts; sophomores Elayne Davidson and Mikaela Statton; freshmen Caitlin Doyle, Kaley Holmer, Natalie Neufeld and Reagan Wilson.