As we move towards the end of the 2016 High School football season, Ohio Valley Goodwill is pleased to have partnered once again with the Star64 Saturday High School Rivals for a third season!
The months long program involves the promotion of a Goodwill Donation Challenge between two competing high schools each week. The students, faculty and community competed at each respective high school to donate the most items. A Goodwill donation trailer was parked at each school the Monday before its televised football game. Both the schools and their communities worked together to donate– that includes students, parents and teachers. At the end of the week, the amount of donations were weighed to determine which school donated the most items!
This week’s Goodwill Donation Drive between Conner and Cooper High Schools resulted in more than 1900 pounds of donations from both high schools. The total amount of donations from the 2016 Goodwill High School Donation Drive for all schools involved was more than 13,000 pounds of donated items. All donations are used to support Ohio Valley Goodwill’s 100 year old mission of putting people with disabilities and our nation’s veterans to work in our community. To find out more about Goodwill’s century old mission of service, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/about.
In addition, before each Saturday High School Rivals game, two Goodwill Scholar Athletes of the Week were announced. This week, the final two Goodwill Scholar Athletes of the Week were singled out for recognition and they are: Jacob Shepherd, Conner High School and Dante Hendrix, Cooper High School.
Jacob Shepherd has a 4.29 GPA and is the Varsity kicker for the Conner Football team. He is also a Varsity goalkeeper for the Conner Men’s Soccer Team. He has also won two Junior Varsity Offensive MVP Football awards. In terms of community involvement and volunteerism, Jacob is involved with the Erlanger Police Cops and Kids, tutoring at Conner Middle School, rebuilding bicycles for kids in need and assisting with vacation bible schools and at United Christian Volunteers. Jacob is a Senior at Conner and a member of the Senior Board, Men and Women of Conner, Leadership League, National Honor Society and Earth Club. Jacob is looking forward to studying Finance and Accounting in college.Dante Hendrix has a GPA of 3.6 and is 2nd Team All-State, 2015- 1st Team All Northern Kentucky Wide Receiver, 1st Team All Northern Kentucky Defensive Back, 2015 Class 6A All-Star, 2014 1st Team All Northern Kentucky Defensive Back, and 2014 Class 5A All Star. Dante loves being an athlete and mentor to his four brothers in Northern Kentucky.
As “Goodwill Scholar Athletes of the Week,” Jacob and Dante will now be in the consideration for the “Goodwill Athletic Scholar of the Year.” The selection will be made at the end of the year and the lucky athlete will receive a $5000.00 college scholarship to the school of their choice. Ohio Valley Goodwill congratulates Jacob and Dante and all of the wonderful 2016 Goodwill Scholar Athletes of the Week and wishes them luck as the time approaches for the official selection of the “Goodwill Scholar Athlete of the Year” and the awarding of the $5,000 college scholarship. Stay tuned for the big announcement coming soon! To find out more about STAR64 High School Rivals, www.Star64.tv and click on Saturday High School Rivals.