Select Preps recognizes more than athletic success

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Editorial: June 29, 2012

TOPIC: Select Preps
OUR VIEW: Best in community, classroom and on the field

If you are a high school sports fan, you may know about the player who throws for the most touchdowns, runs for the most yards, scores the most points, hits the most home runs and scores the most goals.

But do you know about the student-athletes in our community who are active in student council, the Beta Club or lead Sunday school classes? How about those student-athletes who find the time to volunteer at Clarity Solutions for Women or Habitat for Humanity?

What about the student-athletes who, despite the immense commitment required to play high school sports, were able to maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average? Or those who scored a 34 on the ACT?

Welcome to Select Preps, a product of The News-Enterprise launched this year. We hope it becomes a staple of high school athletics in our area for many years.

The purpose is to recognize the total package of student-athletes.

There is more to being a student-athlete than just going to class and excelling in their sport. With Select Preps, the goal was to recognize those student-athletes in Hardin and LaRue counties who excel as much in their work in community organizations and in the classroom as they do on the field.

Those recognized in each sport were selected by their coaches for what they mean to their school, community and team.

A selection committee narrowed it down to one honoree in each sport, using a criteria that focused on what the student-athletes accomplished in the classroom, community and field of play. Other student-athletes were recognized specifically for their community service, academics and how they overcame injuries. There were overall winners for male and female student-athletes as well as a Coach of the Year.

All the honorees are acknowledged in a special section inside today’s newspaper.

It was a community effort. From the coaches and athletic directors who worked feverishly to get student-athletes nominated to the support by the business community to Severns Valley Baptist Church serving as a host location for hundreds of people who attended the June 22 banquet. Also a lot of work and dedication to make this a successful venture came from employees of The News-Enterprise.

Many have known for years what a remarkable area we live in for many reasons. Success by our student-athletes is one of them.

We hope through Select Preps that our community was able to get a glimpse of student-athletes beyond the fields of play.

Congratulations to all the nominees and the award winners. We look forward to Select Preps 2013 and hope you do as well. 

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.