HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne High School seniors Shenell Parker and James Harness have been named the Huber Heights Rotary Scholastic Athletic Award winners for December.
Parker, the daughter of John and Stephanie Parker, plays on the girls varsity basketball team and is a member of the Wayne National Honor Society and volunteers at Valley Forge Elementary School. She plans to attend college and major in sports medicine and continue to play basketball.
Parker said she participate in basketball because she loves the game.
“My love for the game comes from having a high basketball IQ and the competitiveness,” said Parker. “I know to stay competitive, I have to train outside of school. I get gratification from playing with complete strangers and playing like we have known each other for years. Recruiters and other coaches have said I have a high defensive presence and versatility.”
Parker said she looks up to her mother.
“She inspires me to be the best person I can be,” she said. “She encourages me to excel in school and in life. My mother is a strong woman because wherever she is faced with a challenge, she overcomes it which motivates me to do the same when I am faced with certain situations.”
Harness, the son of Doug and Mary Ann Harness, participates in golf and baseball.
“I play golf because I just really enjoy being out on the course,” said Harness. “It’s a great way for me to spend my off season for baseball.”
Harness said he looks up to his father.,
“He has been a great role model for me,” he said. “He has taught me so much. His high work ethic with whatever it is he is doing has been a great example for me. Everything he does is for my benefit and I owe him greatly.”
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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