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The Rootstown Rovers honored spring athletes at the Spring Sports Awards held in the Rootstown High School gymnasium.
Athletes honored for their successful seasons and careers included:
Girls Track: Abby Moore and Meaghan Hahn, varsity Most Valuable Players; Emma Burns, outstanding distance runner; Emily Drago, RPMA award; Tawnie Vair, coaches award; Savannah Munger, outstanding freshman.
Boys Track: Logan Carpenter, varsity MVP; Gavin Schlaubach, best sprinter -- outstanding freshman; Roger Williams, best distance runner -- most improved; Kyle Borbely, best distance runner; C.C. Hluch, coaches award.
Softball: Holly Gordon, varsity MVP; Portia Svenson, junior varsity MVP; Natalie Sellers, varsity most improved; Lexi Roshon, JV MVP; Nicole Bobbs, outstanding freshman.
Baseball: Dan Simmons and Sam DeMars, varsity MVP; Colton Freedson, JV MVP; Matt McGrath, best offensive player; Brad Trescott, best defensive player; Cameron Miller, most improved; Brandon Tasker, Rootstown's Mr. Baseball.
Students at Rootstown Elementary School received certificates in March and April from the Principal Jeffrey Turner.
The March Turner Award was presented to students based on their demonstration of being engaged in their education.
In April, the students recognized demonstrated strong effort throughout the school day.
The Rootstown Lions Club, represented by Brett Housely, presented GOOD awards to students in Rootstown High School, Middle School and Elementary School at the May Board of Education meeting.
On a Personal Note: I was privileged to be among the invited guests at the 20th Anniversary Portage Community Foundation luncheon at the Northeast Ohio Medical University's Ralph Regula Convocation Center.
Traveling the just-over-two-miles to NEOMED from my home, I couldn't help but think about the literally thousands of times I have made this same trek from home to Rootstown center and the Rootstown schools that I have gone my entire life from visiting my parents as a preschooler in the local schools to covering and attending Rover sporting events as an adult and ceremonies often held at NEOMED.
The luncheon honoring the successful and generous 20 years of the Portage Foundation had a decidedly Rootstown flavor, not just because of the location but because of the people that mixed among board members, Chamber of Commerce executive directors and county officials.
I shared a table with Bill White, former owner of the now-named Spins Lanes in Kent and Akron and Kevin Lewis, former president of the Portage Foundation and current president and chief lending officer of Portage Community Bank.
Both gentlemen are longtime residents of Rootstown.
Among the scholarships mentioned by Linda Fergason, executive director of the Foundation, was the Bailey Simons scholarship, given to remember the life of the young Rootstown student. Members of her family including Kathy Frank Palmerton and Pam Frank, both of Rootstown attended.
There were many others from Rootstown as the event celebrated the legacy of Portage County and the passion for giving everything from scholarships to grants to worthy recipients.