Each month, the Southwestern Conference will recognize student-athletes who are excelling in the classroom as well as those who have demonstrated the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship. For January the SWC recognizes the following student athletes:
Scholar Athletes of the Month
Kaitlyn Linder (Senior)
Olmsted Falls High School
Linder cheers for the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs in both the fall and winter seasons. The senior currently holds a 4.34 cumulative grade point average and is enrolled in AP Calculus, AP Psychology, AP Seminar as well a Physics. Linder is a member of the National Honor Society at Olmsted Falls as well as the Math Honor Society and Science Honor Society. When the senior is not studying or cheering for the Bulldogs, she can be found working with the Student Council or serving as an officer with the Olmsted Falls Key Club.
Ethan London (Senior)
Amherst Steele High School
Soccer and Track & Field
London carries a 4.558 cumulative grade point average and received the Academic All-Ohio honor in soccer. The senior was named a Southwestern Conference Scholar Athlete while also earning the Four Year Honor Roll. London is currently enrolled in a British Literature class at the Lorain County Community College while also taking AP Calculus and AP Physics at Amherst Steele High School. London makes time during his busy academic and athletic schedule to volunteer at the Amherst Historical Society.
Sportsmanship Athletes of the Month
Yesenia Kinsey (Senior)
Berea-Midpark High School
Kinsey is a model representative of a true student-athlete and servant leader. A member of the National Honor Society as well as Realizing Your Potential (RYP), Kinsey serves the students of Berea City Schools as a Titans Pride Executive member. The senior guard is constantly giving back to her school, working as a peer tutor, peer mentor, peer mediator, in addition to helping at the Grindstone Elementary Babysitting Night. Her service does not stop at the school district, as Kinsey has volunteered her time at the St. Augustine Food Pantry, creating Valentine boxes for children afflicted with cancer, helping at the Brook Park Animal Shelter and baking Christmas cookies for local first responders. It’s hard to fathom how Kinsey makes time in her schedule to study, but the senior currently holds a 4.367 cumulative grade point average while also being a fierce and dedicated competitor on the hardwood for the Titans.
Andrew Philion (Senior)
Midview High School
The senior wrestler for the Middies constantly demonstrates good sportsmanship whether it be at practice, contests or when representing Midview High School. Despite the grueling nature of the sport of Wrestling and his extremely competitive nature, Philion wins and loses with class. A member of the National Honor Society, he loves to give back to the community by volunteering to work the annual youth wrestling tournament and with the Zunis Foundation, which is active in community events and programs that educate parents and students about the dangers, and consequences, of underage drinking and impaired driving. A three-time district qualifier, Philion is a great representative of Midview High School and Middie Wrestling.