Sunday, February 10, 2013

Honor for Ringgold's McMichael

Ringgold sophomore cross country runner Kirsten McMichael is talented. So much so, in fact, that this season she won the Mingo Classic and Washington County Coaches Invitational, breaking her mother's course record in the process.

But, it turns out, her talents are not limited to running. McMichael was given the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award during the 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Chatham University on Feb. 8.

Check out McMichael's resume. Some impressive stuff here:

>>Volunteer for Salvation Army and Humane Society (personal thanks given we rescued one of our two dogs there)

>>Helps run a two-week cross country camp in the summer for middle and high school kids

>>Voted "Most Worthy Adversary" in Mock Trial, also involved with Science Olympiad, a member of the National Thespian Society, Envirothon and Math League.

>>Besides the Mingo Classic and county meet, a Tri-State medalist, a WPIAL medalist (17th as a freshman) and PIAA qualifier.

The award, named for Chatham's former athletic director, is given out yearly to recognize female and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community.

Here's a photo I was sent. McMichael and her mom, Jennifer Lejeune-McMichael, are all the way to the right.

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