At this year's Student Athlete of the Year Banquet at Todaro's Party Center, our Male and Female scholarship winners were seniors Samantha Wolf of Ellet High School and Clayton Langdon of Revere High School.

Both Samantha and Clatyon were both humbled and grateful to recieve the $1,000 scholarships to their respective schools.

 

 "It's amazing I don't know what to say," Wolf said.  Adds Clayton,  "It means a lot to me, I don't know what I did to deserve it, thank you," he said.

Samantha was a three sport athlete at Ellet,  as she competed in cross country, softball, and was a cheerleader.  She plans on attending the University of Akron and studying nursing.  Clayton competed in track and field for Revere as well as football.  Clayton plans on studying pre-med and play football at the University of Dayton.

 Congratulations to both Samantha and Clayton, and also thanks to our sponsors, NECA, IBEW( International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), Akron Children's Hospital, Dominion, and Todaro's Party Center.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student athlete of the week is Caitlin Raid from Woodridge High School.

Caitlin is a standout softball player for the Bulldogs. She is only a sophomore, but has already put together some impressive numbers as the team's number one pitcher.

Caitlin says she enjoys attending Woodridge High School, and has fun with her softball teammates. She has great memories from a recent trip to Disney World the team made earlier this spring.

Caitlin does plan on attending college after graduation and going into stem research studies.

Best of luck, Caitlin!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Tayler Frame, a senior softball player at East CLC.

Tayler is a 4-year letterwinner on the softball diamond and was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

She says as a senior, being a leader is key for her team.

"I try to lead by example, and then try to give them the extra vocal help that they need if they're missing something," she says.

She's been sharpening those leadership skills as a member of the ROTC, which helps in a lot of aspects of Tayler's life.

"To be a team captain, you have to have strong leadership skills, and I think it really helps my players when I know how to better lead them," she explains.

Frame says her goals for the team this year is to continue to get better, have fun, and win a City Series championship.

In addition, Tayler is also a member of the National Honor Society and is ranked 3rd in the Class of 2017.

Upon graduation, Tayler plans on attending the University of Akron and majoring in pre-med.

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

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jordan Jolly, a senior baseball player at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

He said he's excited for the excpectations surrounding the team this year, and leadership is something he takes seriously.

“Being a senior, I've embraced the captain role, leading some of the younger guys,” Jolly said.

“For myself personally, I just want to be able to pitch well and create opportunities for my team to go out there and win the game.”

Jordan is a three-sport athlete, lettering in golf, basketball, and baseball. He says he takes his academics seriously as well, knowing the balance between sports and schoolwork is key to success not only on the playing field, but in life.

“Academics is first and foremost,” Jordan explains. “Being able to manage both schoolwork and baseball is something I pride myself in, and making sure my grades are up and doing well.”

Jordan recently committed to Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH to play baseball and plans on studying Sports Medicine and Marketing.

On the diamond at Wittenberg, Jolly plans on pitching and playing a little outfield as well.

We wish Jordan success in all of his future endeavors at 1590 WAKR.

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Barberton High School Junior wrestling star Cameron Fitzsimmons is the 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for March 24th-March 31st.

Cameron recently finished a strong sophomore varsity wrestling season with 32 wins and a top 10 finish in the district competition.

"I've been wrestling since I was five years old,” said Fitzsimmons. “It feels great to be in this program and making an impact at this age.”

Dave Mariola's wrestling program has quickly become one of the top programs in the state as the team is constantly refueled with young talent.

"Yeah, I feel this program and the coaches push us to be the best,” said FItzsimmons. “They really push us, making us better.”

Cameron is a three-sport performer at Barberton as he is a linebacker and tailback for the football team and is a relay runner for the spring track team but his first love is on the mats at the purple palace.

"Wrestling is what I want to do in college,” Fitzsimmons says. “I like to help the young wrestlers coming up as well as a volunteer as a coach for them.”

Cameron plans to pursue a career in Business in college.

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This week’s WAKR female Student Athlete of the Week is Ron'Naeza Saunders of Kenmore High School.

Ron'Naeza is bright young girl with a quiet confidence about her. For the Cardinals, Ron’Naeza is a cheerleader and volleyball player, but during the winter, she enjoys playing basketball. Under coach Yontami Jones, the young Cardinals finished fourth in the city.

About her Kenmore team, Ron’Naeza believes “[We] are a good team, but if we play to our potential, we could be great.”

During her time on the basketball team, Ron'Naeza has received awards including Most Improved Player and Team MVP.

Ron'Naeza would love to continue her basketball career into college.

Congratulations to Ron'Naeza on being this week’s WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Lukus Stricker from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Lukus is standout senior wrestler for the Knights, and is coming off an amazing season where he finished second in the state of Ohio in his weight class of 120 pounds.

Lukus is currently studying applied mathematics at Hoban. He has already been accepted to Harvard, and will continue his wrestling career there, as well. He has been wrestling since he was in the second grade.

He is also a member of the National Honors Society. He really enjoys going to school at Hoban because of the tight knit student body and the caring faculty.

Best of luck Lukus!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Samantha Wolf, a senior softball player from Ellet High School.

She has played softball all four years at Ellet , earning 2nd team all-city honors.

Sam describes the team as a whole as close-knit, especially the seniors.

"We're all pretty close, and the past four years we've been friends, so we're pretty inseparable," she says.

In addition to the bond Samantha has with her teammates on the softball diamond, her head coach, Chuck Shuman, is also her grandfather.

Sam says it's been an awesome experience getting to play for her grandfather, and alongside her sisters as well.

Wolf is a three-sport athlete in cheerleading, cross country, and softball, and she says time management is key to being a student athlete.

Adding to her athletic accomplishments, she's also a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society.

Samantha plans on studying nursing at the University of Akron after graduation in the spring.

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

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Van Wallbrown of Manchester High School.

Van tees it up for the Panthers' golf team during the fall, and shoots hoops for the basketball team throughout the winter. The basketball team had a nice run this year before falling to Canton Central Catholic in the sectional championship round of the tournament.

Van loves playing under head coach Gene Schinderwolf and his staff. Talking about his teammates, Van says “We are all a very tight group."

Though he is only a junior, Van has his sights set on college, preferably studying military science.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best.

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Wadsworth Sophomore Swim star Hannah Berlin is the 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for March 10th-March 17th.

Hannah recently set a school record in the 500 Freestyle at the Suburban League meet, which earned her a chance to go to states.

“I knew I had a good time going,” said Berlin. “ I just didn't realize how fast I was going.”

Hannah started swimming at a young age at the local pool, but then decided to give competitive swimming a try.

"I love it, but it is really difficult, but I like that," said Berlin.

Berlin also swims the 200 Freestyle for Wadsworth, but she knows the longer distance is perfect for her.

"That is my favorite,” Berlin says. “I enjoy the longer races.”

Hannah is looking at a career in medicine once her high school days are through, as members of her family have had successful careers in the medical field.

"I'm lucky to swimming at such a great school for swimming at a young age,” she says. “It has been a blast.”

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Paris Blackshear from Garfield High School.

Paris is standout basketball player on the Golden Rams' varsity team. He is a junior, and is looking forward to competing in this year's OHSAA basketball playoffs.

Paris started playing basketball with his older brothers growing up, and thanks to that sibling competition, he has turned into a rising star. His favorite NBA player is the hometown hero, LeBron James.

Paris is thriving in the classroom as well, and is looking forward to studying sports medicine in college.

Best of luck, Paris!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Cuyahoga Falls High School senior swimmer Marissa Kassinger.

Kassinger says it was a joy working with her teammates with the Black Tigers.

"We really push ourselves to be our best, and it's showing in the pool. " she explained.

Marissa also discussed how the team's new coach Laura Lindsay brought some spark to the team as well, and for her and the rest of the upperclassmen, it was a quality experience.

"She really mixed up our practices and we started lifting for the first time this year, so it was really exciting."

A two-sport athlete in soccer and swimming, Marissa knows the importance of balancing academics and athletics, saying time management is the key to success in sports and in life.

Kassinger understands the strong tradition of swimming at Falls High, and she was proud to carry that tradition during her time with the Black Tigers.

"It's a little bit of pressure, we lost a lot of our good seniors from last year's team, but with us it's about growing the younger swimmers into better people and better competitors," she said.

One of the highlights of her career came during her freshman year competing alongside her sister as they broke the 400 freestyle relay school record.

Marissa plans on attending Ashland University and studying nursing upon graduation this spring.

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Firestone High School Freshman Swimmer Jackson Gallagher is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for February 24th-March 3rd.

Jackson recently dropped 20 seconds off his personal best in the 20 IM in a meet in Canton for a time of 2:36.

"I knew I had a good time going , and I thought I had a chance at a personal best, but I didn't think I could knock that much time off,” said Gallagher.

Jackson is new to the sport, but he already realizes the work that must go into the pool to be a top-level swimmer.

"It is work, “ said Gallagher. “That is what surprised me the most. I like it, but a lot of work.”

Jackson has been a Boy Scout and is a volunteer at his church with college down the road for this talented ninth grade swimmer.

"To be able to swim in this great program is special,” says Gallagher. “I intend to keep working."

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This week’s WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jen Johnston of Green High School.

Bowling has been a long-time passion for Jen, and she is a star bowler for the Bulldogs. From an early age, she was interested in bowling, and she was encouraged by her father to try out for the team. She picked up the nuances of the game right away, and has improved every year.

The Bulldogs are enjoying their second year in the Federal League. Jen is a standout, posting a personal best 279 mark.

She plans on continuing her bowling career as she attends Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Jen the best of luck.

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

Tree says she came into bowling somewhat by accident, but has grown in her appreciation for the sport and her teammates.

“One day they just announced it (bowling tryouts), so I went to the lunchroom to sign up,” she said.

Paw also knows the importance of teamwork and working with her coaches to help keep things on track.

“They help me out when I'm struggling, and they keep me balanced,” she explained.

Tree is a three-sport athlete, participating in volleyball, bowling, and tennis. She's no stranger to academic success as well, maintaining a 3.7 GPA and being ranked #4 in her class.

In addition to those accolades, she's also involved in C.A.T.S. (Concerned About Teen Success) and Upward Bound Classic, which helps students with postsecondary education.

Paw grew up in Thailand before moving to Akron, and plans on studying pre-nursing at Kent State University upon graduation.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Tree success in her future endeavors.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jakari Desphy from Walsh Jesuit High School.

Jakari is a junior goalie on the Warriors hockey team, and is having a terrific season so far as they get ready for state tournament play.

Since age two, Jakari has loved the sport of hockey. Around that time, he first donned a pair of skates, and has been a long-time fan of the New Jersey Devils. Being a goalie, his favorite player was Martin Brodeur.

Jakari really enjoys attending Walsh Jesuit due to the tight knit student body and faculty. He hopes to attend college at either Vanderbilt or Boston University, a hockey powerhouse.

Best of luck, Jakari!

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Highland High School junior basketball player Collin Rittman is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for February 10th-17th.

Collin had a three-game stretch recently where he averaged over 32 points per game in keying a great run by the Hornets. "Yeah, I was making the shots, but my teammates were feeding me the ball, and I just got lucky I guess," said Rittman.

The Hornets have 11 wins this season and are lead by Rittman, who is averaging over 23.0 PPG. Collin plays both guard and forward in the Highland offense. He is a two-year starter and an All-Suburban League Honorable Mention selection a year ago.

He was also an All-Inland District selection and All-Medina pick as a sophomore at Highland.

Rittman is active in the school as he is a member of Student Council and carries a 3.4 GPA.

"School comes first, but the sports work to help make you a better player," said Rittman.

Collin wants to continue his basketball career in college once he graduates from high school and plans on a career in Business.

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Our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Landry Carneal of Lake High School.

Landry is a three-sport athlete for the Blue Streaks, where she competes in soccer, swimming, and track. During the winter, she is a star swimmer, where she holds school records for the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relay.

Recently, Landry has committed to attend Malone University in the fall, where she will continue her education and study nursing. In athletics, she will don the cleats and play for the women’s soccer team.

Why Malone? Landry says it is “close to home and is a faith-based community."

We here at WAKR wish Landry the best of luck and congratulate her on being this week's WAKR Student Athlete of the week.

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

Megan is a basketball standout for the Comets of Coventry, and began her career shooting hoops way back in the third grade. On the court, she is deadly from behind the three-point line, ala Steph Curry. However, her all-time favorite basketball player is LeBron Games.

Megan’s post-high school plans are to continue playing basketball and to study education, with an eye on Mount Union College.

Best of luck, Megan!

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Tariq Vinson, a senior basketball player at Buchtel High School.

Vinson says the season has gone pretty well so far for the Griffs, and his coaches and teammates make that atmosphere of going to practice each day an enjoyable one.

"Our team chemistry is great," Vinson said. "We've been together for a pretty long time, our coaching staff is always with us, they help us to better ourselves."

Vinson is a three-sport athlete in basketball, football, and track and field. He understands the balance of balancing academics and athletics is an important one.

"It's non-stop," Vinson said. "You just have to be able to manage your time."

Tariq is a captain for Steve White's basketball team, and he takes that leadership role off the court as well, serving as a class officer and school ambassador.

Vinson plans on studying microbiology at The Ohio State University after graduation this spring.

We wish Tariq the best in all of his future endeavors.

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This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jarad Dunn, a senior at Mogadore High School.

Jarad is the starting center for the Wildcats, and has been a four-year starter, as well as a two-time dunk contest winner. Jarad has also played for the football team and run track at Mogadore.

Throughout his time on the court, on the track, and the football field, Jarad has lived by this motto: "Anybody can do anything they want to, as along as they want it bad enough,” which is something he has learned from Coach Russ Swarts and others.

Jarad's favorite basketball player is Russell Westbrook, who "can dunk on dunkers." Jarad also loves the community support the he and his teammates receive at Mogadore.

We here at WAKR wish him the best of luck moving forward.

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This week's WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Sophia DeBord from Woodridge High School.

Sophia is a standout junior basketball and softball player for the Bulldogs. In basketball, she has lettered for varsity of her high school career. When asked about who her favorite hoops stars are, she went with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, two players whose careers occurred before she was born.

For now, Sophia says she won't participate in sports in college, as her focus is to one day become a special education teacher.

Sophia is a member of the Woodridge Athletic Leadership Program, FECLA, and National Honors Society. She enjoys attending Woodridge because of the atmosphere of the school and the grest teachers and student body.

Best of luck, Sophia!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is senior bowler Tyler Silcox of East CLC.

He says he's proud of how the team has done thus far, at 4-3 on the season.

"My team has really come on to be a competitive team, and I'm happy to see the progress we've had so far."

Tyler has been bowling since age 11, and with his dad as his coach, he's had some good support on the home front and on the lanes.

"We tend to disagree in some aspects, but we have the same goal in mind, and that's to make the team better," he explained.

One of his most memorable moments while bowling for East, is when Tyler bowled a 300 game as a sophomore in the City Series bowling tournament.

Even though Tyler is proud of his accomplishments on the lanes, he puts the team first and recognizes them for their contributions to the greater goals of the season.

"Without my team, without my dad being my coach, I wouldn't be here bowling for East," he says.

Tyler plans on attending Kent State University after graduation in the spring of this year (2017) and study Database Administration.

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

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Barberton junior basketball player Jenna Kelley is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for January 13th-January 20th.

Jenna recently scored 32 points in win over Kent-Roosevelt while getting her team off to a nice start.

"This year I am playing the point guard position more, but I have played other spots but whatever I can do to help the team is good with me," said Kelley.

Jenna is a three-year starter in not only basketball at Barberton, but is also a three-year member of the girls soccer team. Kelley was an All-Suburban League choice this past fall as a midfielder on the soccer team.

"It can be challenging playing multiple sports and working hard in the classroom,” says Kelley. “But you have to do, and yes, I think excelling with the grades helps me in sports.”

Jenna was an All-Suburban League choice in basketball last year and is off to a quick start this year averaging 17.0ppg for coach Greg Whitmer's Magics.

"We are improving, and working hard,” Kelley believes. “[It’s] starting to come together.”

Jenna is a volunteer soccer referee and is a member of Barberton High School's Student Council. She is looking at getting into a Chemistry Major once she goes to college.

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This week’s 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Thomas Woods of Kenmore High School.

Thomas is a member of the Cardinals boys basketball team and plays multiple positions on the hardwood. He is a well-spoken and confident young man that has a lot of pride in his school and plans to represent well in Kenmore's final year.

The Kenmore senior also learned the value of being coachable. "You always have to be open to constructive criticism,” says Thomas. "It will make you a better player and person.”

Thomas enjoys studying business and marketing, and has a plethora of options to look at as he heads to college. He is looking to continue his education at either Ohio Christian or Barry University.

We here at WAKR wish him luck through his senior year and into college.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lauren Turshak, a senior basketball player from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Lauren says her coaches and teammates are great to work with each and every day.

"We have good relationships with all the coaches," Turshak says. "They make sure to be really close to their team."

The Stow girls basketball program has experienced a great deal of success under head coach Robert Podges, and he's happy to have leaders like Lauren on the squad to prove that experience and know how on the practice floor and on game days.

Turshak explained she is more of a leader by example, but won't shy away from being vocal and encouraging her teammates.

"I lead by example with my energy and encouraging attitude," she says.

In addition to being a two sport athlete at Stow, Lauren also is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a mentor for special needs children.

She plans on studying nursing at either the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, or the Ohio State University upon graduation in the spring of this year.

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This week, the 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is John Williams from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

John is a standout basketball player under head coach Dru Joyce and his famed Irish hoops program. The senior basketball star has tremendous respect for Joyce and his other coaches, and he has really enjoyed his stay at St. V.

On the floor, John tries to pattern his game after such stars like Dr. J and Allen Iverson.

After high school, John has already made the decision to continue his academic and athletic career at Robert Morris University. He will be majoring in Sports Psychology.

When he’s not on the hardwood, John is a member of Irish Athletes for Christ and Peer Ministry. He also volunteers his time with the Salvation Army’s Toys For Tots program.

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

Ed is sophomore standout wrestler for the Blue Devils, with sights of wrestling long after high school. Iowa City may be Ed’s future residence, as that is the home of the Hawkeyes. His dream is to don the black-and-gold, and he’ll see to it that it happens.

In what limited free time he has, Ed will spend time with his friends and family, and will put it some extra study time, as well.

Congratulations, Ed, and best of luck at Tallmadge and in the future!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jada Wright, a senior basketball player from CVCA High School.

She says her coaches and teammates have grown closer on and off the court throughout her time with the Royals.

"It's just wonderful to go out and play with them every Wednesday and Saturday, and even during practice," she explained.

Wright says each student athlete has a specific role on the team, and as a senior,it's her job to keep the rest of her teammates are energized throughout the game.

"I bring a lot of vocal energy to the floor and I am always encouraging my teammates," she says.

Jada is a three-sport athlete for CVCA in volleyball, basketball, and track.

Wright says her goal is to become a better teammate each day, and for her team to finish first or second in conference play.

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

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This week, the 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jordan Campbell of Manchester High School.

Jordan is the point guard for the Panthers basketball team, and she absolutely loves the game. She and her teammates feed off their coach, Tucker Pappas, and the intensity and work ethic he preaches.

Jordan’s work ethic is evident, both on and off the court. Her favorite subject in school is math, and since she’s only a junior, Jordan is keeping her options open as far as college goes.

A player Jordan looks up to is also a point guard, Sue Bird, who plays for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA.

We here at WAKR wish Jordan the best through her junior year and on into college.

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Wadsworth senior swimmer Joe Pavlak is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for December 16th-December 23rd.

Joe has been selected as a High School Heisman Trophy finalist for his great work in the tanks, classroom and the community. Pavlak finds out this month if he will receive the national award.

"It was really something as I just started filling out some papers, I applied and then I kept getting word that I was advancing through the process, pretty cool" said Pavlak.

Joe is a member of Wadsworth High School's Student Council and a member of the National honor Society. He will look to get into Pre-Med once he goes to college.

"My family has a good history in medicine so it is something I really want to do" said Pavlak.

Pavlak is a four year member of the swim team at Wadsworth and races in the breast stroke. He finished in the top eight in the state as a junior and looks to improve on that this spring. He is a three time All-Suburban League selection.

Joe is a lifeguard at the Wadsworth YMCA

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Rachel Chessar from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Rachel is a standout basketball player for the Knights, and is currently in her senior year. She has been an active participant in basketball since her freshman year at Hoban.

Off the basketball court, Rachel is close with her family and is very active in the community. She is a eucharistic minister at her church and volunteers at St. Barnabas, as well as being a member of the Siblings Club.

After graduation, Rachel will be attending Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She is a big Cleveland Cavaliers fan, and her favorite player is point guard Kyrie Irving.

Congratulations, Rachel, and best of luck in your future!

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior wrestler Matt Smoley from Ellet High School.

Matt, who wrestles in the 170-pound class, says he started wrestling in his younger days, and he's stuck with it ever since.

As a captain on the wrestling team for the Orangemen this year, he says his role is that of a vocal leader, and leading by example as well, something he takes seriously.

“I try to set a good example for our younger kids and our freshmen, and try to keep everyone on track,” Smoley explained.

Ellet is back-to-back City Series wrestling champions under the direction of coach Mark Hayhurst.

Smoley, a two-sport athlete in both football and wrestling knows balancing academics and athletics is of the utmost importance.

“Our coaches are very supportive and are always trying to help us with our schoolwork,” he said.

Matt says he plans on wrestling in college in a couple of years, and he says he's focused on getting to the city championships, as well as getting himself and more of his teammates to the District Tournament.

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

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This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Jeremy McAleese from Green High School.

Jeremy is a running back for the Bulldogs and was recently named Second Team All-Ohio at his position. His love of football began at an early age, as he was a spectator watching his older brothers play sports.

"I knew early on watching them play that I wanted to play sports to and be special," says Jeremy.

The Bulldog back enjoys all aspects of the game, which include the camaraderie he shares with his fellow teammates. Those aspects extend into the world of superstition, as he will consume a six-piece chicken strip basket from Dairy Queen before each game.

As he heads to the next level of schooling, Jeremy is interested in studying accounting.

We here at WAKR wish him the best of luck his senior year and into college.

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Firestone High School freshman swimmer Madeline Dyer is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for December 1st-8th

Madeline recently found out that she is two steps towards the goal of an Olympic trial by having outstanding qualifying times at a Junior National USA Swimming event in Indianapolis.

"It kind of surprised me that my times were that good,” said Dyer. “I knew I was doing well but to do that well was just great.”

Madeline and her Falcon teammates do a lot of volunteer work in the community, as Coach Cindy Virdo stresses community involvement with her team.

"Yes, we all enjoy working with others as we have a great program at Firestone,” Dyer says. “[It’s] great to be part of it.”

Dyer's great times were both in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, but Madeline is more than a one-trick pony.

"I know I did great in the breaststroke but I believe I can do a good job in just about any event," she says.

Madeline is taking high level courses at Firestone as college is in her future plans but for now, very happy to be an important part of Firestone swimming.

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This week's female Student Athlete of the Week is Sophia Rossi from Walsh Jesuit High School.

Sophia is a standout soccer player for the Warriors, who have won the last five OHSAA Girls Division I State Championships.

A senior at Walsh, Sophia is headed to Wake Forest University next year to continue her soccer career, with an interest in the field of anatomy.

In her free time, Sophia likes to hang out with friends and family, as well as checking out the Akron area's great restaurants.

Sophia has really enjoyed her time at Walsh Jesuit due to the close-knit family atmosphere. She is really looking forward to the future, and excited to where it will lead.

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This week, our male 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Juan Rodriguez, a junior soccer player from North High School.

The Vikings were City Series Champions in 2016 and he said his team grew in their chemistry on and off the pitch.

“We became more than a team, we were more of a family throughout time, and we reached our goal which was becoming City Champions,” he said.

Juan has shown that leadership not only on the soccer pitch but in the classroom as well, serving as a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society.

He realizes that education comes first and foremost before any athletic goals.

“Without education, there's no future,” he says.

The Vikings will have a young team returning in 2017, but Juan will be a senior then and he will be counted on more than ever for his leadership.

He says his goals for his senior season is to advance in the state tournament in soccer and attend college. Rodriquez said he would be the first in his family to go to college, and that would truly make his family proud.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Juan the best in his future endeavors both athletically and academically.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Connor Delahaty of Lake High School.

Connor is a very outgoing and well-spoken young man who participates in cross country and track for the Blue Streaks. He was the Federal League cross country champion, as well as the 2016 District champ, 2016 Stark County runner of the year, and a three-time state qualifier.

His accomplishments go much farther than athletics. He has aspirations of attending college, checking out universities such as Duke and Vanderbilt, with an interest in engineering.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best of luck through his senior year and on into college.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Dillan Raines from Coventry High School. A senior at Coventry, he is a standout soccer player and track star for the Comets.

Dillan began kicking the soccer ball when he was three years old, and hopes to parlay his talents into a college scholarship. That college of choice may either be Cedarville or Malone University, where he plans on majoring in Biology.

In addition to studies and sports, Dillan is involved in Key Club, Chess Club, and a member of the National Honors Society. In his free time, enjoys hanging out with friends and taking his father on in a spirited game of ping-pong.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Deztani Roberts, a senior volleyball player for Buchtel and a student at Akron Early College.

Roberts says that she enjoyed her senior season in volleyball and that her coaches and teammates made it truly enjoyable.

"Some of the most enjoyable moments was being able to be out there with my team," she said.

"You go out there your senior year, and you just want to play hard."

Deztani has a 4.2 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She says the balance between academic excellence and athletic prowess is a great responsibility, and one she takes seriously.

"It was kind of hard at first, because you spend hours at school, hours at practice, and it doesn't leave you a lot of time to do stuff on the weekends and have fun, but in the end, it pays off."

In addition to being a captain on the volleyball team, she also is a standout in track and field, where she competes in the

Upon graduation, Deztani is plans on studying biology at Ohio State in hopes of becoming a surgeon.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Katie Oliver of Mogadore High School. Katie is a three-sport athlete for the Wildcats.

Katie said she likes playing sports to make her parents and her community proud through her athletic prowess. She plays volleyball, basketball, and softball, and is also involved in the FCCLA.

The Lady Wildcats volleyball team made it to the district semifinals this season, and Katie said it was a growing experience for both herself and the team.

Katie is looking forward to the basketball season and finishing her senior year strong. She has plans on going to college and studying early childhood education.

We here at 1590 WAKR wish Katie the best through her senior year and on and to college.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Noah Perrin from Woodridge High School.

Noah is a standout in cross country and track and field for the Bulldogs. Though he played the big three sports in middle school, Noah got into competitive running at age 10, and has since turned his attention full-time to running once high school began.

Noah usually puts in around three hours a day or more training and running for meets during the season.

In his free time during and after the sports seasons, Noah enjoys hanging out with friends and will hit the slopes snowboarding during the winter. He can be seen playing some pickup basketball, as well.

Noah is currently studying business and government, and may look into those fields in college.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Lonnae Watkins, a senior at Akron Early College High School, and a volleyball player for East Community Learning Center.

Lonnae says she's been playing volleyball since her sophomore year in high school. She says her teammates and coaches are great to work with day in and day out.

“My coaches are very supportive, they're there to help you if you need help, my teammates are very supportive as well, we're like a big family,” Watkins explained.

Lonnae has a 3.6 GPA and was named honorable mention All-City as a junior.

In addition to her fine work on the volleyball court, Watkins is also a volunteer at Summa Hospital, where she is part of the Teen Leadership Program, as is also on the Honor Roll.

She says it's a tough balancing act at times balancing her coursework and sports, but it's a challenge she readily accepts.

After graduation, Lonnae says she plans on attending either Ohio University or The University of Cincinnati to study nursing.

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Copley High School junior soccer star Brooke Simmelroth is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for October 21st-October 28th.

Brooke carries an impressive 4.0 GPA while being a three-year player on the terrific Copley Girls soccer team.

Brooke is coming off a knee injury that kept her out early, but has put together another outstanding season for the Indians with 2 goals and 5 assists.

"Her soccer IQ speaks for itself, as she is a selfless leader and a determined hard worker," said Copley girls soccer coach Wally Senk.

"I have always loved soccer since I was little," said Simmelroth. "I like to score but I really love to help teammates get in a position to score. I love to assist."

That is where Semmelroth would like to take the next step, as she would like to not only educate on the soccer field, but would love to teach in a classroom.

"I really would like to get into education and teach," she says.

"Brooke's leadership and field smarts have also led to great academic success at Copley," said Senk.

Brooke does a lot of volunteering at her church, as she teaches kids in her church soccer and basketball.

Semmelroth was an All-Suburban League performer in 2015 as a Center-Midfielder, helping the Indians enjoy another winning season.

"Being part of this program is great, and Coach Senk does a great job of coaching and teaching," says Simmelroth.

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This week's WAKR Male Student Athlete of Week is Clayton Langdon, a two-sport athlete at Revere High School.

Clayton is a senior and a member of the track and football teams. He is the running back for the Minutemen, and has had a great season carrying the ball in the Suburban League.

Like many of our student athletes, Clayton is a smart young man with a bright future ahead of him. At Revere, Clayton is a Student Ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society.

On the field, Clayton has impressed with accolades which include Scholar Athlete (Suburban League ), All-Suburban League First Team two years in a row, and All District honors.

Clayton has plans to attend Harvard for college, where he plans to study pre-med.

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Brandon Bischof from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Brandon is a two-sport standout for the Irish, playing both football and baseball. His football team is heading down the home stretch in 2016, and hoping to land a spot in the 2016 OHSAA Playoffs.

Brandon will play baseball at the next level, as he is an outstanding pitcher and outfielder.

While football, baseball, and studying take up a large amount of time, Brandon enjoys watching sports on television and challenging his brothers at XBox.

Brandon is currently studying anatomy in his senior year, and is looking into sports medicine next year when he attends The University of South Carolina Upstate. He carries a 3.5 GPA right now at St.Vincent-St. Mary.

Brandon really enjoys the family atmosphere at St. V, and hopes to add a few more memories during his time on Maple Street before he graduates in the spring.

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This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior football player Joe Andrassy from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Joe says playing for coach Mark Nori has been a pleasure and he enjoys his role as a leader on the team.

“We've got 17-18 seniors, we're all leaders, we all know each other,” Andrassy says. “We're all a team.”

Joe says quite a few of the seniors have been playing together since the sixth grade and the bond with those teammates has been special.

“We're friends, we're teammates, we have that chemistry, so it's been fun,” he says.

With a GPA over 4.0, Andrassy takes his school work seriously and is a part of the National Honor Society.

He is undecided on where he will be attending college, but plans on studying engineering upon graduation.

In his spare time, Joe enjoys hanging with friends and relaxing. We wish Joe the best in his future endeavors.

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Our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Amber Howell, a senior multi-sport athlete at Kenmore High School.

Howell competes in volleyball, softball, and basketball, while continuing to maintain high marks in the classroom. Amber one day hopes to study in the medical field in college.

Amber is also a member of the Junior ROTC, and the National Honor Society. She takes great pride in her work both on the field and in the classroom. Amber believes the life lessons she learns through sports can be applied throughout her life.

We here at WAKR News Room the best through her senior year and into college.

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Barberton junior football star Keye Thompson is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for October 7th-14th. Thompson scored three touchdowns in the Magics’ tremendous win last week over West Holmes.

"It was a great feeling as the line blocked well and I was able to get through,” said Thompson. “It was a great team win.”

Keye is a junior veteran on this team, as he is a three-year player and a two-year starter. On offense, he is team's most explosive running back while on defense his an All-Suburban League performer at inside linebacker.

"I like the aggressiveness of the game and it has helped me in basketball. [I] love to tackle," said Thompson.

Keye is a forward on the Barberton Varsity Basketball team, and also plans on running track this coming spring. In the classroom, he is a high level academic student who would like to be an Athletic Trainer when he finishes college.

"I have been around sports my whole life, it would be a way of staying in sports when my playing days are through,” Thompson says.

On the side of giving back, Thompson often circles the Barberton streets with other teammates picking up trash to better the Barberton neighborhoods.

Thompson carries a 3.87 GPA.

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Ty Shannon, a football player at Tallmadge High School, is our Male Student Athlete of the Week!

 

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