Positive attitude nets honor for Seneca Valley's Demchuck
TribLIVE Sports Videos
When an award is won, the moment the honoree gets recognized is the culmination of a long road in which the defining moment may have come at the beginning of the journey.
Seneca Valley's Misha Demchuck earned the Pittsburgh Positive Athlete of Western Pennsylvania award for her positive attitude and work ethic in lacrosse, but it was a moment in soccer as a freshman when she learned what it takes to be a leader.
“It was the WPIAL semifinals against Canon-McMillan, and we were in double overtime,” Demchuck said. “I was a freshman, and I was not in a place to say anything, so I went out and scored (the game-winning) goal.”
From that point, Demchuck took a lead-by-example approach. She was a team captain for the girls soccer team and the girls lacrosse team this year.
Demchuck's lacrosse coach, Katie Smolter, nominated her for the award.
“Misha is a senior and a standout all-around player and person,” Smolter said. “She is a positive person that goes well beyond the field. She is a captain, a role model and the ideal teammate.”
The award, given each of the past two years by former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, is a movement to recognize high-character athletes in Western Pennsylvania and promote positive attitude in young athletes.
Demchuck said she felt honored to be recognized, but noted that her parents deserve a lot of the credit for the honor.
“It is a long voting process, and you are judged on seven different aspects,” Demchuck said. “It's how my parents raised me. … It's a testament to character. This is a great compliment. God blessed me with talent. I am thankful, and I hope people learn to be positive, well-rounded people in life.”
The senior captain takes things seriously, but believes it's not about yelling and screaming to get people focused.
“At practice, it's after school and people can get off track,” she said. “I gather them and remind them that it's lacrosse practice, not social hour.”
The awards ceremony was held Saturday night, and Demchuck and the other honorees had the chance to meet Ward, the former Steelers wide receiver.
“I am really glad my parents get to go,” Demchuck said. “It's not often you get to take your parents to something like this.”
Smolter is proud of Demchuck, and could not say enough about her as a person.
“She is an amazing young woman and will be very successful in whatever she does,” Smolter said.
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers’ fourth-round pick Grant relies on smarts to get job done
- Ligonier Township mourns K-9 officer killed in wrong-way crash
- Missing Indiana Township girl home safe
- Rossi: Not too early to go with Kang
- Pa. Gov. Wolf’s general counsel tied to $358M bond project winner
- Analysis: Chlorine to curb Legionnaires’ eating away at pipes at VA sites
- Veteran detective dies of suspected ‘cardiac event’ during drug investigation in Fayette County
- Most welcome, but some question plans for Beaver County cracker plant
- Penguins notebook: Team hires director for Lemieux Complex
- Pirates’ offense still stuck in a rut during setback to Reds at PNC
- Freeport woman, 76, injured in one-car crash