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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.

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.

Highland High School freshman sensation tennis player Elizabeth Hadler is the WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week for November 18th-25th.

Elizabeth was the Suburban League Most Valuable Player as only a freshman compiling an impressive 24-4 recording leading the Hornets to the league title.

"I was hoping to have a big year, but this was just great," said Hadler.

Hadler is heavily involved in her school. She is a member of Student Council and is a key contributor to the Highland girls basketball team.

"I started playing tennis at a young age and quickly fell in love with sport," said Hadler.

Elizabeth spends valuable time at her church in volunteer role as well as being a youth tennis instructor.

"As a player, I am a mixture of a player that will return everything, but when need be I like to charge and be aggressive at the net," said Hadler.

Hadler currently carries an impressive GPA and will take her studies and tennis game onto college after her days as a Hornet Netter.

Friday, 11 November 2016 06:33

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Dillan Raines

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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.

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.

Friday, 04 November 2016 06:39

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Katie Oliver

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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.

Norton High School senior cross country runner Jared Frankland is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for the week of November 4th-11th.

For two years, Jared has qualified for the State Regional competition for the Panthers, and is a four-year member of the cross country team at Norton.

"I decided to try the running thing and liked it right away," said Frankland. "Some of my friends suggested I try and I loved it."

Jared is heavily involved in school activities, including the National Honor Society and the Key Club. He is preparing himself for college where he plans on majoring in engineering.

Frankland's best time this year was at the league meet where he did the 3.1 mile track in seventeen minutes and one second.

"I felt good that day. I thought I did real well," said Frankland.

On the school track team, Jared runs the 1 and 2 mile where he also advanced to the Regionals.

"There is a lot of practice time and dedication in being a runner," Frankland says. "It is tough, but I just get into it and I really enjoy my runs."

Jared carries a 4.0 GPA at Norton High School.

Friday, 28 October 2016 07:04

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Noah Perrin

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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.

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.

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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