HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne High School seniors Akaila Howard and Bryce Haney have been named the Huber Heights Rotary Scholastic Athletic Award winners for October.
Howard, the daughter of Angie Hogan and O’Neal Howard, is a member of the Wayne volleyball team. She also competes in indoor and outdoor track and is a cheerleader for varsity basketball and is a member of the Wayne Senior Cabinet. She plans to attend college.
“I participate in volleyball because it is my passion,” she said. “Volleyball has never been a burden in my life, but exactly the opposite. It relieves stress and gets me more pumped and excited than anything else. I like volleyball because it is something I can’t get tired of. It’s something I could do every day for the rest of my life.”
Howard said she looks up to her mother.
“…I look up to her because she has always motivated me to do my absolute best,” said Howard. “She’s attended every game of mine, but a few, and still made sure there was someone there to support me. I know that I can go to my mom for anything, and that means the world to me.”
Haney, the son of Jeff and Amy Haney, competes in golf. He is involved in the National Honor Society and plans to go to college and continue playing golf.
“I participate in golf because it is enjoyable and relaxing,” he said. “My favorite aspect of golf is the way is the way it challenges me mentally. I also like how hard it is. It makes me focus on every shot.”
Haney said he looks up to professional golfer Jordan Spieth “because he is an extremely good golfer.”
“He is also a great person,” he said. “Jordan never gets mad on the course. He plays his game — this is why he wins so often.”
The Huber Heights Rotary Scholastic Athletic Award is awarded monthly to Wayne High School athletes.
The winner must have a 3.0 grade point average and be a student athlete of good standing at Wayne High School that is considered to be a role model for other students.
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