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

Marissa has been swimming from a young age and grew to enjoy the sport from early on.

"I started swimming when I was 5 years old," she said. "My mom was a swimmer when she was young and I loved the water as a child."

Bowers says she carries lots of memories with her from the four years she spent in the pool with the Black Tigers.

Among those was setting the school record in the 100 meter backstroke in her senior season, as well as cannonballing into the water for the final time as a senior class.

Bowers is also a member of the Marching Band and the National Honor Society, so she understands the importance of time management when balancing her studies with extracurricular activities.

Upon graduation in the spring, Marissa plans on attending Westminster College in the fall to study education.

"I've always been interested in helping people, and I plan to be a swim coach down the line," she says.

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

Emerson Zahab is this week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

A senior at Green High school, Emerson is a key member of the girls swim team. She began swimming at age 5 and has been a part of the swimming team the last thirteen years.

According to Emerson, the most challenging thing about being on the swim team is waking up early. However, having the team around really helps.

"Nobody likes waking up at 4:45 in the morning,” says Emerson. “But knowing your friends will be there makes it better."

As a Bulldog, Emerson has accomplished a lot in the pool. She is a four-year letter recipient, three-year first team, and made it to states her freshmen year.

When she is not in the pool, Emerson volunteers with the swim team at the Special Olympics, and also donates her time at One of a Kind Pets.

Emerson is very excited to be attending Arizona State University, where she plans to study Biomedical Engineering.

Firestone CLC senior Jacob Stephens is the male Student Athlete of the Week for March 2nd-9th.

Jacob was a diver for the Firestone Falcons. The reason he was a diver is his season has completed after finishing 13th at states.

He overcame many obstacles to get down to states, including a bout with kidney stones his junior year. For Jacob, it was not always an easy dip in the pool, and he is thankful of what he accomplished.

"It was more general enjoyment that got me through,” Jacob says of his diving tenure. "The last two years were a bit monotonous, but I just went through it with the goal in mind to go to states, and just used that to keep pushing through."

No stranger to the swimming pool, his diving career began in eighth grade while swimming at Fairlawn Country Club.

"My dad wanted me to play a sport, and he said it’s either swimming or diving,” says Jacob. “[But] to be honest, I [wasn’t] a fan of swimming anymore, so I decided to go with diving.”

Now that his diving career is through, Jacob wants to explore other sports on the club level, such as boxing or fencing.

After high school, Jacob plans on heading to Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, Florida for college, majoring in computer science. Coding computers is definitely up Jacob’s alley, but he would also entertain aeronautics as a minor, which is what Embry-Riddle prides itself on.

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!

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