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AARP, WV MetroNews Launch 2016 WV Scholar Athlete of the Week Program

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 program.

Since 2013, 40 WV high school student athletes have been featured on the popular WV MetroNews High School GameNight radio program and honored as AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athletes of the Week.

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.

Student 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 –

Since the program’s inception in 2013, a total of 40 student athletes from the following West Virginia high schools have received the statewide honor: Berkeley Springs, Buffalo, Cabell Midland, Capital, Clarksburg Notre Dame, Clay Battelle, Doddridge County, Elkins, George Washington, Gilmer County, Greenbrier East, Greenbrier West, Hampshire, Lewis County, Lincoln, Logan, Magnolia, Martinsburg, Parkersburg, Parkersburg South, Petersburg, Point Pleasant, Ravenswood, Ripley, Riverside, Robert C. Byrd, Tucker County, University, Wayne, Wheeling Central, Wheeling Park, Winfield, and Woodrow Wilson High School.

“In recognizing deserving student athletes who invest countless hours in the classroom and the athletic arena while making important contributions to their communities, we shine a spotlight on West Virginia’s greatest resource: its youth,” said Gaylene Miller, AARP West Virginia State Director.

“The AARP Scholar Athlete of the Week has become one of the most popular segments each Friday night on MetroNews High School GameNight, showcasing our state’s finest young men and women and the impact they have beyond the athletic arena,” said Fred Persinger, affiliate relations director for the MetroNews Radio Network. “MetroNews is proud to continue this partnership with AARP, and we look forward to honoring more deserving student athletes this fall.”

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 2016 season on August 26.


AARP WV Media Contact: Tom Hunter, 304.340.4605,

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