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Friday, 23 February 2018 06:31

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Kiah Jenkins

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kiah Jenkins, a junior bowler from North High School.

Kiah said she has been bowling from a young age and she’s credited her mother for her interest in the sport.

“Ever since my mom had me walking, she had me throwing a ball down the lane,” she said.

“She taught me specifically how to roll the ball, where I should stand, what each pin was, and she’s played a big role in both bowling and softball and just who I am as a person.”

A two-sport athlete in both bowling and softball, Jenkins keeps busy with athletics and academics, sporting a 3.2 GPA.

A leader both vocally and by example, Kiah says being an encouraging teammate is something she prides herself on.

One of her most memorable highlights was winning the City Championship in bowling for the Vikings recently. It was a nerve racking experience, as they won by three points.

“I almost started to cry,” Jenkins said laughing.

She says her coaches make sure that academics come before athletics and preparing for the future is of the utmost importance.

In her spare time, Kiah enjoys bowling, of course, spending time with family and friends, and running.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Kiah the best in all of her future endeavors.

This week's 1590 WAKR male student athlete is Jonathan Gabriel from Walsh Jesuit High School.

Jonathan is a standout senior hockey player for the Warriors. He has been playing hockey since he was a youngster, and picked up the sport not long after he first tied his skates.

Jonathan is a huge NHL hockey fan, with his favorite team being the Washington Capitals. His favorite player is Alexander Ovechkin, and he watches as many games on television as he can. Jonathan has also been enjoying the Winter Olympics as well, and has been pulling for the United States teams on the ice.

He says he enjoys the close knit community at Walsh. Jonathan believes the students feel welcomed at all times. It has been a fast moving four years, but he says is looking forward to the future.

Jonathan will be attending Kent State University and plans on studying business.

Friday, 09 February 2018 06:57

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Bella Pieri

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Bella Pieri from Coventry High School.

Bella is a senior and a standout on the Comets’ basketball team. She is a four-year player in the program, and has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember.

Bella has already made her decision for college, as she will attend the University of Akron and study Business Administration. In addition to her basketball duties at Coventry, Bella also is involved with Key Club and Safety City.

Bella enjoys attending Coventry, and has made a lot of friends in part because of the close-knit community and the welcoming atmosphere.

Friday, 09 February 2018 06:23

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Jonathan King

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jonathan King, a junior basketball player from Buchtel CLC.

Jonathan says he got into the sport at a young age and he’s grown to love the game.

“I always liked basketball since I was little,” he said.

He enjoys the tradition of playing at Buchtel, and he enjoys the competition aspect of the game.

“When teams play Buchtel, they play their best, “ he said. “They always go hard when they play against us.”

Jonathan has a 3.6 GPA and lists Akron’s own LeBron James as his his favorite NBA player.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Jonathan the best in all of his future endeavors.

Friday, 02 February 2018 07:24

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Lauren Lucas

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Lauren Lucas from Norton High School is the female Student Athlete of the Week for February 2nd-9th.

Lauren is a senior at Norton, and is a member of the Panther basketball team. Brian Miller’s girls are having a terrific season, going on a terror in their conference, and Lauren is a key player for Norton.

However, it has not been all smiles for Lauren, as she spent much of 2017 rehabbing from an ACL injury. That injury also affected her time on the softball field, as she is the catcher for the Panthers. In fact, Lauren says she enjoys basketball, but her passion is softball.

After high school, Lauren won’t stray too far from home, as she will head to the University of Akron. Thanks to her preparation at Norton, she looks to major in special education. "The teachers and staff are great,” she says of Norton High School. “They prepare us to look ahead.”

However, because of her injury, she does not plan to pursue softball in college.

A lifer in Norton, Lauren has enjoyed her time in the school district. "We’re like a big family, and we all support each other.”

When she is not on the court or the diamond, Lauren has her hands full around the school. She is a member of student council, the pep club, peer mentoring, and a part of the prom committee.

Friday, 02 February 2018 07:17

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Connor Kerr

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Connor Kerr of Mogadore High School is this week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week.

Connor is a soft-spoken junior who lets his play do the talking on the court, as he along with his teammates have the Wildcats 8-0 in PTC play.

“It's all about hard work," says Connor on playing sports for Mogadore. He has definitely put in that work as a member of the basketball team, as well as the track and football teams. Connor has been a two-year letter winner in both sports and a one-year letter winner in basketball.

​Connor also puts in that same workmen like mentality ​into his studies. He plans on studying Computer Engineering and hopes to attend the University of Akron.

 This week's 1590 WAKR Female student athlete of the week is Anyah Parker from Woodridge High School.

Anyah is a senior standout player on the Bulldogs basketball team. She looking to continue her athletic and acedemic career at The University of Toledo after graduation.

Parker started playing basketball with her Dad at the age of two believe or not. She has loved to play the game ever since. When asked who her favorite player was, Anyah smiled and said "No doubt about it, Blake Griffin." She is a huge LA Clippers fan as well.

Anyah really enjoys Woodridge because of the atmosphere and support from all of the students and faculty support especially at team sporting events.

Congratulations Anyah, and best of luck in the future!

Friday, 26 January 2018 06:44

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Matt Waskey

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Matt Waskey, a junior bowler from East CLC.

Matt says it was family that got him into the sport of bowling and gave him the foundation to enjoy the sport in high school.

“My father got me into it at a young age,” Waskey said. “I started bowling at the elementary school level and it was a fun program to get into.”

A captain on the bowling team,Matt says he enjoys working with his coaches and teammates day in and day out, saying the team is like a family.

Waskey is a member of the 3.0 club and a student ambassador at East. In addition to his love of bowling, Matt also enjoys music and is a member of both the Jazz Band and Concert Band.

Matt plays the saxophone, and plans on studying music at either the University of Akron, Kent State University or The Ohio State University upon graduation in 2019.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Matt the very best in all of his future endeavors.

Friday, 19 January 2018 06:12

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Tyler Dawson

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Tyler Dawson of Springfield High School is this week’s 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week.

Tyler is in his senior year at Springfield, and is a key member of the football and basketball teams. H recently knocked down two clutch free throws late to push the Spartans over the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders, 41-40, and give Springfield their first win of the season.

"Make sure you act like we have been here before,” Tyler told his teammates after the win. “It's the first one, but it wont be the last."

If Tyler isn't on the football field or the court, he is a member of the National Honor Society and CCP.

Tyler plans to continue his education at the University of Akron. He is currently taking classes and looks to study accounting, with the hopes of getting his CBA.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:29

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Madison Haywood

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Madison Haywood from Barberton High School is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for January 19th-26th.

Madison is a swimmer for the Magics, and is currently in her senior season. Though the team is not large, the Magics are competing at their highest level, and Madison is part of the heart and soul.

Though she played other sports such as basketball growing up, Madison fell in love with swimming at a young age. When the local YMCA came to town, she jumped into the pool, and for the last decade, has not looked back.

"I’ve dropped a lot of time this year, and I’ve been placing first, which is really about dropping times and your accomplishments,” says Madison about her senior season.

Some of the events she participates in are the 50 freestyle, the 100 backstroke, and the 200 relay because she enjoys the teamwork.

Madison has won swimming awards in the Suburban League, but she takes great pride in her schoolwork. All four years of high school, she has had a grade point average at or above 3.5.

A Barberton lifer, Madison enjoys her time in the Magic City. "I love it here,” she says. "Obviously, I’ve been here for a long time, so it’s small and we all know each other. And we have a lot of lifelong friends here."

When she is not in the pool, Madison is all over the place in the community. She is a member of the ski club, student council, and National Honor Society, and on the day of this interview, she volunteered her time at the blood drive at Barberton High School. She is also active in her church and has been seen helping out at a local soup kitchen for Thanksgiving.

After high school, Madison plans to head a half hour to the east and attend Kent State University. She says she will hang up her swimsuit in favor of the books, and she is currently undecided on a major, though she is intrigued by Kent’s exploratory program.

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