Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

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.

In the last two decades, there has been a rash of school shootings, and a common theme with them is that they seem to occur in suburban areas. These suburbs get shaken for a long time, in that many would never believe something like a school shooting would happen in their community.

Norton, Ohio shares some characteristics with towns such as Columbine, Chardon, and Parkland, so what is that community doing to prevent gun violence? Dana Addis, the superintendent of Norton schools, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss what his district is doing to help the safety of their students. Addis says they are conducting meetings with students and doing everything they can to ensure their safety. He even says students are communication to get a better understanding of each other.

One of the factors holding up the process nationwide is the cost of added security. Addis brings up the stat that only four percent of schools use metal detectors due to the high costs.

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.

Thursday, 01 March 2018 07:28

Wahoo Week, Day 3

Wahoo Week is almost over, but that means we are getting closer to the official start of baseball season. Ray Horner is still out in Goodyear, Arizona, and he has grabbed interviews with members of the Indians, on-field personnel and off.

Bradley Zimmer - Outfielder Sandy Alomar Jr. - First Base Coach Mike Napoli - First Baseman/DH Eric Hasse - Minor League Catcher Edwin Encarnacion - DH/First Baseman Carl Willis - Pitching Coach Bob DiBiasio - VP, Public Relations Bobby Bradley - Minor League Outfielder

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 06:25

Wahoo Week, Day 2

Two days in Goodyear, Arizona, and Ray Horner was not quite soaking up the sun by the pool. He was down at Goodyear Ballpark and the Indians' training complex snagging interviews with Tribe players and personnel.

Yonder Alonso - First Baseman Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Tom Hamilton - Tribe Broadcaster Terry Francona - Manager Rajai Davis - Outfielder Mike Clevinger - Starting Pitcher Mike Chernoff - General Manager Josh Tomlin - Starting Pitcher Dan Otero - Relief Pitcher

Monday, 26 February 2018 08:07

Wahoo Week, Day 1

Coming off a great season but disappointing finish in 2017, the 2018 Cleveland Indians have unfinished business to tend to. The team lost a few familiar faces in the offseason, but many members of the squad are back, as well as some new blood.

Ray will have interviews with anyone and everyone around the baseball team, from the players to the front office executives, all the way down to the person who puts the bases on the field.

Andrew Miller - Relief Pitcher Brandon Guyer - Outfielder Cody Allen - Closer Greg Allen - Outfielder Randy Drone - Founder, Dinger Bat Company Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Yonder Alonso - First Baseman

Monday, 26 February 2018 07:41

Wahoo Week, Day 1

Coming off a great season but disappointing finish in 2017, the 2018 Cleveland Indians have unfinished business to tend to. The team lost a few familiar faces in the offseason, but many members of the squad are back, as well as some new blood.

Ray will have interviews with anyone and everyone around the baseball team, from the players to the front office executives, all the way down to the person who puts the bases on the field.

Andrew Miller - Relief Pitcher Brandon Guyer - Outfielder Cody Allen - Closer Greg Allen - Outfielder Randy Drone - Founder, Dinger Bat Company Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Yonder Alonso - First Baseman

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.

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