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Wheeling Central Catholic’s Matthew Gruber Named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week

Maroon Knights’ two-sport athlete earns statewide honor 


Matthew Gruber of Wheeling Central Catholic High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 28.

Wheeling (WV) Central Catholic H.S. junior Matt Gruber has been named AARP WV/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 28, 2014.

A junior, Matthew is a 3.88 g.p.a. honors student. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, and is active in the school’s Drug Free Club and peer ministry group. He is the son of Lee and Lisa Gruber of Wheeling.

Matthew is a two-year letter winner with both the Maroon Knights’ football and baseball teams. He has earned Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Academic Team honors, and is a member of the Wheeling Post 1 American Legion Baseball team.

On a community level, Matthew is actively engaged in volunteer and service activities in Ohio County through the Saint Michael Parish and various community groups.

He serves as a volunteer with 1 8th Center Catholic Charities and as a peer mentor at Saint Michael’s Parish school. Matthew also assists as a volunteer instructor with youth baseball clinics in the Wheeling area, and contributes art work for Ohio Valley Hospice.

Matthew hopes to continue his athletic career on the collegiate level, and plans to pursue a career in sports medicine.

During the 2014 Fall Sports season, one high school student athlete will be selected each week as the AARP West Virginia Scholar Athlete of the Week and recognized on the popular West Virginia MetroNews High School GameNight program, which airs 9:30 p.m. – midnight each Friday night on nearly 40 radio stations across the Mountain State .

West Virginia 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. Nomination forms may be completed online at


AARP WV Media Contact: Tom Hunter, 304.340.4605,

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