Earlier this week Russellville High School Athletic Director, Calvin Head, announced the Gerald Printing Athlete of the Month Recipients for August.
“We have started a new tradition at Russellville Jr. /Sr. High School for this school year,” said Head. “Each month we will be spotlighting male and female student athletes for their outstanding play on the field and their success in the classroom.”
Student athletes are nominated by their coaches, and then voted on by coaches from all fall sports programs in the High School and Middle School.
The athletic department then chooses one overall athlete of the month, based on outstanding play, character, leadership, and classroom performance.
The awards are being sponsored by Gerald Printing.
Gerald Printing August Athlete of the Month Recipients for the Russellville Middle School are Xavier Evans and Jaylah Kees.
As well as being an A/B honor roll student, Xavier led the 8th grade football team to a 3-1 record in the month of August and started at both running back and linebacker positions
Jaylah Kees has played every position in the infield except for pitcher for the RMS Softball team. Head Softball Coach Davenport says of Jaylah: “She gives a 110% at every position, she never complains, has a great attitude, and puts in extra work after practice.”
Gerald Printing August Athlete of the Month Recipients for the Russellville High School are Caitlyn Smith and MJ Jones.
Co-Head Coaches Kia and Rickman say of Caitlyn: “Caitlyn has been a joy to work with and coach this year. She often takes on the leadership role on the squad. She often pulls girls aside to help them learn cheers and skills, and she often sends out reminder texts to the girls. More importantly, Caitlyn’s positive attitude and work ethic serves as a model for the rest of the girls. She is truly a gem, and I’m so blessed to have her on the team!”
MJ led the RHS Panther football team to a 2-0 record in the month of August. His stat line for these two were 15 carries 253 yards rushing and five TDs and 10 tackles. MJ is currently (for month of August) leading the Class 1A (statewide) in yards rushing.
Gerald Printing August Overall Athlete of the Month is George Ortiz. George is currently a member of the RHS soccer team and the RHS Football team. As Captain on the soccer team, George has been asked to play multiple positions. He has done this with a great attitude! George is also a kicker for the RHS football team. On top of all of his athletic success, he is also a star in the classroom. George has displayed the ultimate example of what a student-athlete truly means.