— Red Riders’ two sport standout earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Mason Rice of Weir High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 17. A senior, Mason is a 4.0 g.p.a. AP Honors student. He is a member of National Honor Society and a 2017 Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Conference Academic Team honoree. Mason is the son of Tommy and Barbara Rice of Weirton. A team captain for Coach Tony …

— “Quick Action” Community Projects in Hinton & the Greater Kanawha Valley make communities more livable AARP West Virginia has announced two state winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. Nationally, 89 recipients of AARP Community Challenge grants received $780,000 to support projects that make communities livable for people of all ages. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be …

— Eagles’ two sport standout earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Sophie Banko of Robert C. Byrd High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 10. A junior, Sophie is a 4.0 g.p.a. AP Honors student. She is a member of Student Council, a Promise Scholarship qualifier, and serves as an Eagle Mentor. Sophie is the daughter of Andrew and Jennifer Banko of Clarksburg. Sophie is a two-time State Champion member …

— Cougars’ three sport standout earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Cory Fazalare of Lincoln High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 3. A senior, Cory is a 4.25 g.p.a. AP Honors student. He serves as Lincoln High Student Body Vice President, Key Club President, and is a member of DECA and FBLA. Cory is the son of Gary and Amie Fazalare of Shinnston. A starting tight end for Coach …

— Falcons’ two sport student athlete earns first AARP/MetroNews statewide honor of 2017 Wyatt Yates of Frankfort High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia / MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of August 27. A senior, Wyatt is a 4.2 g.p.a. AP Honors student. He is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society, and is the son of Robert and Kristi Yates of Fort Ashby. Wyatt is a three-year …

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

— AARP West Virginia has presented its highest volunteer recognition, the Andrus Award for Community Service, to Danny Gray of Ronceverte. The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service, recognizes volunteers who have made a difference in their communities in ways that support AARP’s mission, vision, and strategic direction and that inspire others to volunteer. The award is named in honor of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, whose pioneering …

— Golden Bears’ two-sport student-athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Jayson Chappell of Oak Glen High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 27. He is the 14th and final West Virginia high school student athlete to be recognized during the 2016 statewide awards program. A senior, Jayson is a 3.82 g.p.a. student and a member of National Honor Society. He serves as Key Club President, Student Council Treasurer, and is a …

— Irish’ two-sport student-athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Catherine Herlihy of Charleston Catholic High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 20. A senior, Catherine is a 4.5 g.p.a. AP/Honors student. She serves as Student Body President and as a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador. Catherine has participated in the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and Governor’s Honors Academy. She was a 2016 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award State …

— Huskies’ student-athlete earns AARP/MetroNews statewide honor Kyle Elliott of North Marion High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of November 13. A senior, Kyle is a 4.133 g.p.a. AP/Honors student and a member of National Honor Society, Junior Leadership, Rocket Club, Varsity Club and Spirit Club. He is a recipient of EQT’s Student of Excellence Award, and a two-time National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American honoree. Kyle is the son of …