Nominations sought for Mirror honors
The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its 13th annual Athlete of the Year banquet on Monday, May 21.
Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly Award, which recognizes the area high school athlete who has overcome the most adversity.
The Rickens awards, which honor a deserving male and female athlete, are presented in memory of former local coach and referee Ron Rickens. Nominations should include supportive examples of sportsmanship, leadership, academic excellence and community service.
The Rossi award was introduced in 2016 and named in memory of former Hollidaysburg and Huntingdon athletic director Dean Rossi, who died in 2015. Nominations for the Rossi award should also include supportive examples of sportsmanship, leadership, academic excellence and community service.
The Johnson award is named for Erin (Johnson) Kelly, who despite being born without a left forearm scored 1,000 career points at Claysburg-Kimmel High School. She also played basketball at Penn State Altoona.
Seniors are eligible from the Mirror’s coverage area, which includes the following schools: Altoona Area, Bedford Area, Bellwood-Antis, Bishop Carroll Catholic, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic, Blair County Christian, Cambria County Christian, Cambria Heights, Central, Central Cambria, Chestnut Ridge, Claysburg-Kimmel, Everett Area, Glendale, Great Commission, Grier, Hollidaysburg Area, Huntingdon Area, Juniata Valley, Moshannon Valley, Northern Bedford, Northern Cambria, Penn Cambria, Philipsburg-Osceola, Portage Area, Tussey Mountain, Tyrone Area and Williamsburg.
Nominations should be sent by Tuesday, May 1 to Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel at 301 Cayuga Avenue, Altoona, Pa., 16603 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.