Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

This week's female Student Athlete of the Week is Sydney Powell from St.Vincent-St. Mary High School.

A soccer player for the Fighting Irish, Sydney is currently a senior at St. V. After graduation, she plans on attending Mount Union. The plan is for her to major in physical therapy.

Sydney participates in numerous clubs and activities, in addition to studying and playing soccer. She is a member of French Club and Future Medics, and has been involved with the St. Sebastian youth group and Akron Children's Hospital.

Sydney greatly enjoys the family atmosphere at St. V. She also enjoys hanging out with friends in her free time.

Best of luck, Sydney!

This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is senior football player Hayden Bartels of Stow High School.

Hayden says he enjoys the camaraderie of his teammates during the season, and that plays a big role in their success this far.

He also says having Coach Mark Nori in his corner and encouraging the players is a benefit as well.

"He's been great," Hayden says. "He cares about us and how we succeed not only in football, but outside of it."

Bartels says playing with his senior classmates has been great, knowing that a lot of them have been working towards their goals since youth football.

"It's been great, something we've all been looking forward to, and to finally get a chance to play together and prove ourselves, we're having a blast doing it."

Hayden plans on studying either Biology or Pre-Med after graduation and he says being focused on his studies is one of his top priorities.

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

The Soap Box Derby is not just an All-American thing anymore.

Mark Gerberich, the president of the Soap Box Derby, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the future expansion of the derby. Gerberich says he is looking for the derby to continue growing their STEM programs, not just in America, but internationally, as well. As far as Australia goes, Sphere Leadership will take on the reigns of building the derby Down Under, which won’t take place until either 2019 or 2020.

The big picture for the derby, according to Gerberich, is to help expand to countries in Asia and Europe.

Eden Amador Gorby is this week’s WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

A senior at Springfield High School, Eden participate in track and field, as well as running cross country in the fall. She runs in many track events including the 2 mile, 1 mile, 4x4 ,4x8, and the 800. In cross country, she does the 5K. She is a four-year varsity starter for track, and has had honorable mention in the PTC.

Eden is coached by her dad, Kevin Gorby . "He's coach and he's dad,” says Eden. "He doesn't show favoritism.“

Coach Gorby has helped Eden not only her athletics, but with her confidence as well. "I wasn't always very confident, but with him motivating me, I've learned to become a leader."

Art is one of Eden's favorite subjects in school. Though she is very creative, Eden is not sure if she wants to continue art into college, so she is keeping her options open.

Eden is also a member of the National Honors Society and student council.

Congratulations to Eden Amador Gorby WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

The downfall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein continues to spiral as more actors and those around the industry have claimed some form of harassment. Not only have many already come forward, but others have mentioned they have known about Weinstein’s transgressions for years and even decades.

Sexual harassment has been a sticking point not just in Hollywood circles, but also our workplaces. Attorney and former mayor of Peninsula, Mike Kaplan, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the protocol and the reporting process of harassment in work environments.

Kaplan touched on possible grey areas in sexual harassment suits, as well as the blatant ones. In criminal cases, where it goes beyond workplace protocol, Kaplan mentions the difference between sexual conduct and sexual contact.

Barberton senior quarterback Zane Ries is the male Student Athlete of the Week during the week of October 13th-20th.

As of this writing and recording, Barberton undefeated at 7-0, and Zane is a big reason for the Magics’ success. In his junior year of 2016, Zane received First Team All-Suburban League honors, as well as First Team All-District, and an honorable mention All-State team.

"I feel like we're getting better each week,” says Zane about his football team. "Us seniors are keeping everybody focused week to week, one game at a time.”

Being a senior, Zane wants to lead by example for the underclassmen. How does he do that? “Show them the right way, help them if they need anything, show them the ropes and how to act in public, and how to handle adversity."

When he’s not on the gridiron, Zane is a member of the basketball team, where he was also First Team All-Suburban League.

A Barberton lifer, Zane is active in the community. He has volunteered at the town’s annual Mum Fest, has ranked leaves for the elderly, and is a part of the school’s anti-bullying program.

"It's amazing,” he talks of living in Barberton and attending their schools. "The family aspect, all the support, and the tradition. A lot of schools I don't think have that tradition."

Zane is still undecided on where he wants to attend college, but has had offers from schools across Ohio. He does plan on playing football at the next level, and wants to major in Education.

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Scott Seeker from Tallmadge High School.

Scott is a standout athlete in three sports for the Blue Devils, participating in baseball, football, and basketball. He plans on playing baseball at the next level, which will be at West Point. The plan is for Scott to major in Political Science at Army.

In his free time, Scott is a member of THS Leaders in Action, in addition to playing multiple sports and hitting the books. He also enjoys fishing and hanging out with friends.

Best of luck, Scott!

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kaitlyn Judge, a senior soccer player from CVCA High School.

Kaitlyn is a 2-year letterwinner in soccer and a 4-year letterwinner in basketball and is a captain for both sports.

She said she leads both vocally and by example, and as the goalkeeper, she knows pressure.

"I just love the adrenaline, being able to use my hands and stop the ball, getting our team a win," she explained.

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Judge is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She says this year has been fun both on and off the pitch, and getting to know her teammates has been a real joy.

"We have a new coach this year, we have a great group of girls, and we have a great chemistry together," Kaitlyn said.

While Kaitlyn is undecided on a college as of now, she plans on studying math upon graduation.

We wish Kaitlyn the best in all of her future endeavors.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 09:20

AUDIO: Ed Asner on Autism Advocacy, Awareness

He’s a familiar name from television, movies, and voice-acting. That familiar name will be appearing at the Akron Civic Theater on October 12.

Part of the Autism Society of Greater Akron’s Autism Summit, Ed Asner and his son, Matt, will be a part of a panel with Bruce Winges. He recently spoke with WAKR’s Tony Mazur about his advocacy for autism awareness, especially in a time when the affliction was not as well known. Asner also discussed the portrayal of autism in the media, and how far it has come in recent years.

The 3rd Annual Autism Summit will continue on October 13th, as well, at the Hilton Akron-Fairlawn. For more information on the festivities, visit AutismAkron.org/conference.

Payton Grigsby from Wadsworth High School is our female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete for the week of September 22nd-29th.

A senior at Wadsworth, Payton has participated in cross-country since her sophomore year. She was a quick learner and a natural athlete, as she has placed high many meets, including taking home first place in an individual race at the Wooster Invitational in early September.

“We do about forty miles a week,” says Payton when talking about her cross-country training. “We definitely build a good base, and do a bunch of speed work toward the end of the season.”

However, cross-country running was not Payton’s first love. She has played soccer from an early age, and decided to run track her freshman year. Her experiences in track and field led her to joining the cross-country team as a sophomore.

After high school, Payton is still undecided as to where she wants to continue her education. She does plan on running in college, talking with schools from Divisions 1 through III. In the classroom, Payton would like to major in Art Therapy.

“I’ve always wanted to help people,” she says about art therapy. "I love art, and I think that’s the best thing for me right now."

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