AARP West Virginia and the MetroNews Radio Network are again partnering to recognize some of the state’s best and brightest student athletes through the AARP West Virginia Scholar Athlete of the Week program.

This statewide honor, presented each week during the Fall Sports season on the popular West Virginia MetroNews High School GameNight program, recognizes West Virginia high school student athletes for outstanding achievement in athletics, the classroom and in communities across the Mountain State.

WV-HighSchoolSportsStudent athletes in Grades 11 and 12 with a minimum 3.0 grade point average are eligible for the award. Nominees should excel in one or more athletic program, and be active within their community through service and community involvement. Nominations may be submitted online at the West Virginia MetroNews website – www.wvmetronews.com/scholar-athlete-of-the-week.

Last year, a total of 13 student athletes from the following West Virginia high schools received the statewide honor: Buffalo, Cabell Midland, Capital, Clay Battelle, George Washington, Gilmer County, Lincoln, Logan, Petersburg, Ripley, Wayne, Wheeling Park, and Woodrow Wilson High School.

“We are excited to continue this partnership with MetroNews for another year, recognizing deserving West Virginia student athletes who invest countless hours in the classroom and the athletic arena while making important contributions to their communities,” said Gaylene Miller, AARP West Virginia State Director.

“Through the Scholar Athlete of the Week program, we highlight the outstanding achievements of some of our state’s most talented student athletes above and beyond athletics,” said Fred Persinger, affiliate relations director for the MetroNews Radio Network. “2014 promises to be another exciting year for high school athletics in the Mountain State, and MetroNews is very proud of this partnership with AARP.”

MetroNews High School GameNight, hosted by Fred Persinger and Dave Jecklin, is heard live on nearly 40 MetroNews Network radio affiliates across West Virginia, 9:30 p.m. – Midnight each Friday night during the High School football season. The show premieres for the 2014 season on August 29.

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AARP WV Media Contact: Tom Hunter, 304.340.4605, tphunter@aarp.org

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