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Shaler golfer Stack continues tradition of giving and greatness

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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Shaler senior golfer Mallorey Stack, left, along with Joe Louis Barrow Jr., the CEO of The First Tee earned the First Tee at the Outstanding Female Participant Award ceremony.

Shaler senior Mallorey Stack already has left a mark that will last long after she has graduated.

As a freshman, she helped bring a girls golf team to life at Shaler with hopes that she as well as future generations would always have a golf team. Now, now as a senior, her extra effort in being a leader not just at school but in the community helped earn her some recognition and a scholarship.

Stack recently was honored by The First Tee of Pittsburgh, a youth development organization that introduces youngsters to the game of golf as well as values.

For all she has done through golf, Stack was awarded The First Tee Outstanding Participant Award, an honor that emphasizes exemplary achievement in the areas of academics, community service, chapter involvement and leadership.

Stack was one of 32 finalists chosen from 750 applicants. The field was narrowed to eight who would be eligible for a $15,000 scholarship.

Stack had to give a speech at a network meeting in Nashville in front of hundreds of people. Her words must have struck a chord, because she was chosen for the scholarship.

“It was a great honor,” Stack said. “It was tough, but it went well.

“It was great to get the scholarship, but it's important people know you don't need a trophy or a scholarship to be a part of something. … I want people to see what they can accomplish. I am grateful and thankful.”

Stack spoke about her grandfather, Bruce Cook, for her address.

“He was a big influence on me,” she said. “He got me started with golf and The First Tee. I talked about him and how he got the golf team started at Shaler.”

The event also served as a learning experience as there were lectures on preparation for college and other topics Stack expects to be useful this fall when she attends Wooster to study biology.

In a statement released by The First Tee of Pittsburgh, the group said Stack embodies the leadership skills and characteristics that define the organization.

A seven-year participant, Stack has been selected to the Life Skills and Leadership Academy, the Golf Channel Challenge and The Northeast Regional Challenge. She is a Junior Advisory Board Member, TFTP Ambassador and a junior volunteer, coaching younger players in the chapter.

Stack's volunteering does not stop there: She has taken mission trips to support migrant farmers and their families in Virginia and was named the Tribune-Review's Outstanding Young Citizen in 2012.

During her mission trip, she and her church group spent time sorting clothes to donate to migrant workers in Virginia.

she also spent time picking vegetables and mentoring some of the workers children.

“There was a kids club and we spent time playing games and teaching the kids about God,” Stack said. “It was sad when we had to take them home. Some of the kids lived in trailors with nine brothers and sisters with only pillows, blankets and teddy bears to play with.”

Stack also spent time helping rebuild a wall and painting it for an elderly womans home.

“I will make another trip, but this time we will go to New York,” Stack said.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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