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Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:49

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Garrison Keeslar

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Garrison Keeslar of Green High School.

Garrison is a shooting guard on the basketball team, and has had a passion for the game since he was quite young. He started shooting hoops back in second grade, and still plays with many of his second grade classmates at this current level.

"Both of my brothers and my parents played basketball, so I was always around it," says Garrison.

When he is not on the court, Garrison is also a member of the Key Club, student council, and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Math is his favorite subject in school, and he plans on continuing his studies and find a job in the future where he can lean on his strong skills.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:48

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Molly Chelovitz

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Firestone swimmer Molly Chelovitz is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for December 8th-15th.

Molly is entering her senior season in the pool for the Falcons, and she looks to expand on what she has accomplished earlier in her high school career. As a freshman, she led the team in points, and was named MVP and team captain in her junior year.

The Falcons swim team is off to another good start, and a big reason for that is the amount of upperclassmen on the roster.

"The team bonding is already there,” says Molly. "We support each other fully, and we’ve really been pushing each other this year, and we’ve got really great things ahead of us."

Molly had a stint on the tennis team before giving that up to focus solely on swimming, which is her passion. A Firestone lifer, she has been swimming in the area since the tender age of four.

"I really like Firestone,” Molly says. “I think it’s a great diverse community, and I think that being a part of the swim team is like it’s own little community inside of Firestone, which is great to be a part of."

When she is not in the pool, Molly can be seen with friends or helping others in her community. She has been involved in Buddy Up Tennis, the Special Olympics

After high school, Molly is still undecided on where to go, but she has narrowed her choices down to Georgetown or the University of Michigan. She has toured the halls of Michigan and likes what she sees, and if accepted, she plans on swimming for the Wolverines and will major in either business or law.

Friday, 01 December 2017 07:21

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Anna Kimevski

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This week's 1590 WAKR Female Student of the Week is Anna Kimevski from Coventry High School for December 1st-8th.

Anna is a standout athlete for the Comets. She just came off a successful season in volleyball, and looks forward to showing off her skills on the softball field in the spring. However, softball is a year-round activity for Anna, and she is a standout pitcher for her teams.

Her passion for softball began at an early age, when Anna watched her brother play baseball and decided she wanted to do the same.

On Coventry, Anna says she enjoys the family atmosphere inside the school, with both the students and the faculty. The student body, according to Anna, is great and tight-knit, which she enjoys.

When she is not in the classroom or on the ball field, Anna excels in makeup application. She has done makeup for proms and homecomings, and some of her tutorials can be found on YouTube and Twitter.

After graduation, Anna will travel a few minutes down I-77 to Canton and study at Walsh University. She plans on majoring in communications, as well as continuing her athletic career there.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 08:30

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Choady Jenkins

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Choady Jenkins, a senior bowler from North High School.

Jenkins said bowling has been a part of his family and his life from a very early age, and he has truly grown to appreciate it.

“I've been bowling since I was three our four,” he explained. “I bring the fun into bowling for North, and I get to know my teammates and make them my family.”

His high game with North is a 254 and his coach Fred Friberger says it's all about “one frame at a time.”

He is a three-sport athlete, competing in bowling, baseball, and football. In addition to those accomplishments, he also is on the honor roll and has a 3.8 GPA.

Jenkins says that time management is key to balancing three sports as well as maintaining his schoolwork.

He says that his one of his goals as a senior is to win a city championship in bowling and leave a good legacy for the younger bowlers at North High.

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

Monday, 27 November 2017 19:04

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Alex Keith

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This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Alex Keith of Lake High school. Alex is a Senior football player for the Blue Streaks.

When asked what it was like to play football for the Blue Streaks, Alex said, "It's one of the greatest things I've been apart of in high school."

While Alex works hard on the field, he also puts in the time in the class room as well. Health Tech Prep is Alex's favorite course of study "It's just called my name out. Both of my parents are in the medical field."

Alex plans on continuing his studies in the medical field and taking courses in Bio Tech Prep in college.

Congratulations to Alex Kieth the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 20:05

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Ashley Mennenga

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Highland senior Ashley Mennenga is the female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for November 24-December 1.

Ashley is beginning her senior season as a star swimmer for the Hornets, though her time in the pool will be pushed back. An overuse injury to her right arm will keep her out of the water for a bit, but she plans to be back to her old form.

That form was ever present as an underclassman. Ashley is a two-time Suburban League MVP, first-team All-Gazette, four-time All-Ohio, USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, among other accolades.

"I’ve been swimming competitively since eight grade,” says Ashley, evidently a quick learner, though she took swim lessons many years before that. As for the her fellow Hornets, she says “I’ve been really fortunate to have great coaches and teammates."

When she’s not in the pool, Ashley is very active at Highland High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, an office aid, and a mentor to sixth graders. She also volunteers at her church and helps those with special needs.

After high school, Ashley will attend the University of Cincinnati, with physical therapy being her preferred major. She plans on swimming for the Bearcats.

"I’ve been really fortunate to have great physical therapists who have been really great to get me going, so I wanted to make that difference in an athlete’s life.”

Thursday, 16 November 2017 17:52

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Javann Rogers

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Javann Rogers, a sophomore basketball player from Buchtel High School.

Rogers says she's excited for the season to start and make things happen on the hardwood.

“We're hoping to make it farther than the city, we want to go to state,” she says. “We're advancing (on the court) because we have a young team this year.”

The Lady Griffins were City Series Champions last season and lost to Marlington in the second round two years in a row.

Javann is an honors student at Buchtel, and she knows the balance between school and sports is necessary. Last year in addition to her work in the classroom being on both the honor roll and merit roll, she was 2nd team All-City last season.

She is a two-sport athlete playing both basketball and softball, but basketball is truly a family affair, as her older siblings played and her mother coached as well.

Off the court, Javann shares her love of the game coaching as a volunteer basketball coach for Ladies First in Akron, for whom she used to play in her younger days.

She says her teammates now with the Lady Griffs have been known to share a good practical joke or two during their time on the court.

“There's times we're serious, there's times we play, but we know to get back serious and work hard,” she explained.

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

Madalynn Buttler is week's female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Madalynn is a sophomore volleyball player for the Wildcats. She has been first-team All-PTC, as well as being named Player of the Year All-District.

She is actually coached by her mother, head volleyball coach Jessica Butler. When asked what it's like playing with her mom as coach, Madalynn says “It's very interesting, but she is a great coach and she always wants whats best for the team."

Math is Madalynn’s favorite subject, and she enjoys being a student mentor at Mogadore. Madalynn plans on studying occupational therapy in college, while also continuing her volleyball career.

Occupational therapy interests because of her ability to work with all different age groups and people. She is currently looking at schools that offer occupational therapy courses.

Congratulations to Madalynn Buttler, this week’s female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:01

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Bret Baker

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Norton senior Bret Baker is the male 1590 WAKR student athlete of the week for November 10-17.

Bret is a star on the wrestling mats for the Panthers, and he will be moving up from the 138 weight class to 145 for his senior season.

From a young age, Bret has been involved in wrestling, having done so for twelve years.

"My dad got me into [wrestling], and I stuck with it ever since,” he says. "It [takes] a lot of mental toughness.”

In his junior year, Bret finished seventh in the state in Division II and was named team MVP for the Panthers

Though he is putting the finishing touches on his senior year at Norton, Bret spends very little time at the high school. He isn’t playing hooky, mind you; Bret spends most of his school days taking college prep classes at Stark State College.

When he is not wrestling, Bret can be seen in the grass somewhere, either on a baseball field or a golf course. In his free time, he enjoys unwinding on his Xbox.

After graduation, Bret is looking to further his education at either Akron or Kent State. The field of medicine runs in the Baker family, and Bret seems to have caught the medical bug, as he looks to major in NEOMED.

“I may wrestle,” he says at the next level. “But I’m definitely focusing on academics."

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