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This week's female 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Macy Chik from Barberton High School.

A standout athlete for the Magics, Macy began playing basketball at age 7. "I've had the best experiences in basketball," she says. "I've made a lot of great friends (over the years)."

In addition to being a star basketball player, Macy also excels in soccer, as well.

Macy has been a longtime resident of Barberton, and plans to stick around the area in the future. She plans on attending Kent State University, majoring in Radiology. Macy decided this major within the last year, as she has a strong interest in ultrasound.

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

This week’s 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Demond Taylor of Kenmore High School.

In his junior year at Kenmore, Demond is a multi-sport athlete for the Cardinals. Demond enjoys being apart of the team and representing his high school in both basketball and football. He plays multiple positions on the court, sharing time at shooting guard, small forward, and center.

Head coach Brain Dawson of the Basketball team took the time to showcase a highlight reel of Demond on the court. Demond himself had put the reel together, which was impressive footage in that it wasn't just a highlight reel of dunks. Demond had pulled all the highlights he had from one single game, and it really displayed his all-around skills on the court.

Demond also dominates in the classroom, as well, pulling a strong GPA and excelling in math. The Kenmore student is only in his junior year, and is keeping his options open as it pertains to colleges.

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

Stow-Munroe Falls High School senior basketball standout Nathan Bower-Malone is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for February 12th-February 19th.

Nathan is a four-year member of the Bulldog team and currently leads the team in scoring at just over 18.0 points per game.

"I love to shoot, if you looked at me in the mirror as a player you would see a guy who is always ready to shoot," said Nathan.

He has been playing the game since he was young and realizes the end of his high school basketball is nearing the end.

"I certainly want to play in college but it is just part of the plan as my education and studies will take priority in college," Nathan says.

He plans on majoring in microbiology.

Nathan is also a member of the National Honor Society and band over at Stow. He loves to play the Saxophone in both marching and concert band.

"I really enjoy the school, the times, and friends here at school, I have always love to be busy," he says.

Nathan currently carries a 3.75 GPA.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior basketball player Abbe Esterak from Woodridge High School.

Abbe believes her team's had a successful season, and that she takes great pride in being a team captain.

"I always tell the team if they have any problems, or they just need a friend to talk to, I'm there for them," says Abbe. And that's a true meaning of a team captain."

She knows the importance of balancing academics and athletics, something that will serve her well in the long run.

Abbe will continue her academic and athletic career at Malone University in Canton next season, where she will play basketball.

She says hanging with friends and teammates is always a good thing to do outside of sports and studies, and that playing for her father (Coach Chris Esterak) is something she's enjoyed during her time at Woodridge.

This week's 1590 WAKR male student athlete of the week is Tyrice Pace from Buchtel.

A multi-sport athlete for the Buchtel Griffins, Tyrice is a senior that competes in Track, Football, and Basketball. Tyrice is a highly-motivated young man with aspirations of doing big things in his lifetime.

In his time at Buchtel, Tyrice has earned many honors on the playing field. Some of his titles include first-team all city, basketball letter winner, as well as an honorable mention for the all-state team.

Not only does Tyrice do well on the field of play, he excels in the classroom as well. His hard work in the classroom has afforded him the opportunity to take his education to the next level. Tyrice is currently deciding between Mount Union University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Bethany College.

Tyrice said that his mother is his motivating factor. "If it wasn't for my mom, I wouldn't be doing half of this," says Tyrice. "She keeps me on track."

Tyrice is a very intelligent and hard-working young man, and we here at 1590 WAKR wish him the best.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Sarah Pierce from Mogadore High School. Sarah participates in basketball and softball for the Wildcats. Despite being a two-sport athlete, Sarah maintains a 5.0 grade point average.

Sarah enjoys playing sports due to the team aspect, and especially getting the chance to be around her friends. She began playing hoops in the fourth grade, and while she loves the sport of basketball, she's rather fond of softball, as well.

Sarah is able to keep her 5.0 GPA by paying close attention in class, but admits she really doesn't study all that much. She also finds time to work part time during the school year, as well.

Sarah plans on attending college, looking at being an engineering major. The Ohio State University and Wright State are among the future possibilities.

Manchester High School senior wrestling star Joey Bowen is the WAKR Student Athlete of the Week for January 29- February 5th.

Joey already this season has two tournament runner-up finishes and 26 wins to his credit as he caps off an exceptional wrestling career for the Panthers. Bowen has made it to the State Championships three times, and hopes for a fourth this season. He has 155 career victories.

"I fell in love with the sport as soon as I hit the mat," said Bowen. "Me and my brothers love it."

Joey's older brother wrestled for the Panthers until 2013, and his younger brother is currently on the varsity roster, weighing in at 120 pounds. Joey hits the mat in the 126 pound weight class.

Bowen's best finish at the State Tournament was in 2015, as he took a fifth-place finish. He placed seventh in both his sophomore and freshman seasons.

"Yes wrestling at the state tournaments is something else, certainly the highlights of my career" said Bowen.

Joey has signed a letter of intent to wrestle and attend school at Notre Dame College, where he plans to major in history.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the week is junior basketball player Emma Freeman from Cuyahoga Falls High School.

Emma says her teammates and coaches push her to be at her best each and every day, and she enjoys working with them.

"I think it's been really great because I've gotten a lot closer with my teammates as the season's gone on," says Emma. "And I've had the pleasure of having my coach in class this year, so it's been great getting to know him better."

Emma has been playing basketball from an early age, and she leads by example on the practice floor and on game days. She has had a hoops backround in her family from the start, as her father, Dan Freeman, was the head coach of Kenmore High School.

Freeman knows the importance of balacing academics and athletics, something she knows will carry her well beyond her days in high school.

"You always have to find time to get your work done," Emma opines. "School's the number-one priority."

Emma plans on playing sports in college and wants to major in either mathematics or education. In her spare time, Freeman likes to hang with friends and draw.

This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is Grier Cowles from Manchester High School.

Grier plays basketball and runs track for the Panthers. She started playing both sports at a young age, but does not really favor one sport over the other. With that said, Grier will run track while she attends Walsh University this Fall.

Grier, a 4.0 student at Manchester, plans on studying nursing and maybe being a personal trainer some day. When she is not studying or practicing, Grier likes to hang out with friends, go to the movies, and take naps.

Grier really likes being at Manchester because of the small school environment and all of the nice people. She likes the fact that everyone knows each other. Down the road, Grier hopes to be working at a hospital and eventually starting a family.

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Joe Pavlak, a junior at Wadsworth High School.

Joe is a member of the swim team and has earned a long list of accomplishments in his time at Wadsworth, including being named the All-Gazette MVP 2014 and 2015.

Joe says he really enjoys the camaraderie of his friends on the team, and it's one of the things that gets him through the long and arduous practices that come with being on the swim team. He also uses the motivation he learned from his coaches to push through any challenge he faces. The coaches have always taught him to continue to work hard to accomplish his goals, something Joe will be able to take with him through the rest of his high school career and on into his adult life.

We wish him the best of luck in whatever comes his way.

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