Commitment to athletes rewards students Monday, May 21, 2012 By Karina Orozco
Getting rewarded and recognized for a job well done is a lot better to athletes than a pat on the back or a high five. “It’s good to recognize students,” principal Tom Allison said, “to have a platform of recognition.” For athletes, being acknowledged for their athletic abilities is a motivator to push themselves even harder. Students have been recognized as Athlete of the Week for their dedication, hard work and athletic abilities throughout the school year. They get their name on the marquee and on the bulletin, everyday for a whole week. Besides recognition, they also receive a free athletic shirt. The athlete is chosen by having all of the head coaches for that season nominate their best athlete based on work ethic and character. An athlete can win more than once but not in the same season. Niqua Prince, senior, was Athlete of the Week in March and was recognized for track and field. She runs long distances like the 800, 400, or 4 by 4. “It felt good [to win Athlete of the Week] because I got recognized for the sport I do,” Prince said. Aside from track and field, she was also involved in basketball and cross country. As great as recognition is, Prince considers herself to be an athlete who is always trying and pushing herself to reach her goal, even if there is no reward. Athlete of the Week started this year during winter season and will continue on next year. “We want to make athletics at Orange Glen extremely important and valued,” Atheletic Director Jason Patterson said.