Canon-McMillan, Hickory athletes named Positive Athletes of the Year
Student-athletes in 27 sports were honored Wednesday night at the fourth annual C. Harper Positive High School Athlete Awards at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.
Selected for their excellence in leadership and characteristics of a positive attitude on and off the field, the athletes received a total of $31,000 in scholarships and were recognized by former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.
“We hope this program focuses the spotlight on how important a positive attitude is not only in sports, but in life as well,” Ward said. “The most successful businessmen and women are positive individuals, so we're using sports to help instill those characteristics at a young age. Positivity is a life skill that will help any young person deal with relationships, obstacles and opportunities.”
Canon-McMillan's Jake Trainor and Hickory's Mary Kathyrn Bair were named the Positive Athletes of the Year and each received a $5,000 scholarship.
South Side Beaver was named the Highmark Most Positive High School.
Nearly 1,000 student-athletes from 125 Western Pennsylvania high schools were nominated by coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers and parents.