The Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, honored three RCS High School students at the 2016 Physical Education Leadership Awards on Jan. 31. After a celebration dinner and short ceremony, seniors Michael Babcock, Nicholas Glasheen and Hannah Smith were presented with plaques to commemorate their accomplishments.
To be considered for the award, a student must have a high level of physical performance, show scholastic achievement with a grade-point average of B or above at the completion of his/her junior year, demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, and display outstanding service to the school or town community.
Here are the excerpts read at the ceremony for each RCS award winner.
Michael has been on the varsity basketball team since ninth grade and has served as captain in his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He also plays football and baseball. Not only is Mike an athlete, but he is a student-athlete. Mike likes helping others with homework or studying. He also has spoken to elementary classes about work ethic and what it takes to be an athlete. Mike has been a part of the school’s Natural Helpers group, collecting food for the less fortunate, helped at Equinox, walked in the breast cancer walk, and helped raise money for Make-A-Wish. When asked to characterize Mike in one word, teachers said, “Well-rounded, respectful, responsible, and caring.” Because of his caring nature, you can often find Mike shoveling snow or cutting grass for the elderly in his neighborhood.
Nick demonstrates leadership skills in his PE class. When asked to give directions, he gives thorough instructions and even gives redirection. He is always there to offer to help with equipment or set up the gym with the day’s activities. Nick even takes the initiatives and asks questions while in the weight room, such as, “Should we wipe down the machines?” He is good-natured and is happy to be moving. He loves exercise! His teacher says he is a fish in the pool. Nick has been dubbed, the kid with the sonic boom kick because of the power he has kicking any ball.
What isn’t Hannah involved in as part of the RCS school community? She has been on the honor roll all four years of high school while playing the alto sax and singing in the chorus. She been a member of the Natural Helpers club, served families at Equinox, raised money for Make-A-Wish and adopted a family at the holidays. Hannah has been a student council co-vice president in her junior and senior years and is part of the Spanish and yearbook clubs. She has played varsity soccer since eighth grade. She has also played basketball and softball and helps keep the book for basketball when not playing. If she is not at school, you can find her babysitting, dog sitting, reading or listening to music. Hannah is a born leader. She always portrays good sportsmanship, which can be seen in class as she plays the positions other student refuse to play. She is a positive influence on the other students. She is always doing the right thing and leading by example.