2019 CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week


SPONSORED – During the 2019 Seahawks season, CenturyLink and the Seattle Seahawks will honor WIAA recognized student-athletes that display leadership, passion and dedication both on and off the field. CenturyLink prides itself on the commitment to excellence, positivity, respect, and most importantly, community service. The CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week program serves to recognize these similar values within student-athletes throughout the region.

Click here to nominate an athelete!

If you know a student dedicated to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and athletics, they can be the next CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week! Coaches, teachers, parents, peers and community members can nominate student-athletes participating in a WIAA recognized sport during the 2019 calendar year.

WIAA recognized sports include the following: Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Dance/Drill, Football, Golf, Non-WIAA Water Polo, Girl’s Bowling, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming/Diving, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling.

Each week, CenturyLink executives and Seahawks personnel will select a nominated student who meets or exceeds the criteria. Nominations will be accepted on Seahawks.com from 8/6/2019 to 11/12/2019.

Criteria

•Dedication to Academics
•Community Involvement
•Leadership
•Reliability
•Weekly Athletic Performance

Prizes

1. $1,000 donation to his or her school’s Athletic Department
2. In-school presentation
3. Personalized 2019 Nike Seahawks Jersey
4. Custom Seahawks football
5. Two (2) game tickets + sideline passes to a Seahawks home game
6. Recognition on the HawkVision videoboard
7. Recognition in a Seahawks Game Day Broadcast
8. Weekly KIRO Radio Segments recognizing Winners
9. Recognition on Seahawks.com
10. CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week Letterman Jacket Patch

WINNERS

Week 10
Name: Noah Miles
School: O’Dea High School
Graduation Year: 2020
GPA: 4.0
Sport(s): Football, Track, Lacrosse

Academics
Noah takes honors and AP classes tutors his peers to ensure that they can all be successful academically. He has an interest in STEM courses and was accepted into the pre-college programs at Oxford University in London. He was also accepted into the UW Young Executives of Color Program (YEOC) which teaches high school students of color how to navigate careers in business.
Community
Noah serves as his senior class leader and an ambassador to his high school, O’Dea. He is a big brother to the Little Irish program, where members of the school’s football team serve as mentors to local youth. He also volunteers at the Matt Talbot Center that serves the local homeless population. Noah is fluent in Spanish and volunteers at Mount Zion Baptist Church as a translator for numerous church events.
Athletics
Noah is one of 4 captains on his football team and has grown into the player that others look to inspire and motivate the team. Now that he is a senior, Noah prides himself on picking up his team when they are down and inspiring them to be the best they can be. During games, you will always find Noah giving someone a motivational pep talk on the sidelines and encouraging the crowd to get pumped. He is currently leading the team to a 6-0 start and hopefully to the 3A State Championship!

Week 9
Name: Steven Lin
School: Shorewood High School
Graduation Year: 2020
GPA: 3.9
Sport(s): Tennis, Swim, Track

Academics
Steven’s transcript is full of AP and Honors courses. He also has four years of Leadership and four years of Mandarin Chinese language classes.
Community
Steven is very involved in the Shoreline community by volunteering at local schools Syre Elementary and Einstein Middle School with the Math Olympiad program, food drives, coaching the girl’s basketball team and tutoring students in numerous subjects. He has also ventured out to the Richmond Beach neighborhood by being the Head Student Coordinator for the Halloween Carnival and Turkey Trot events. Steven has volunteered at the Bethany Community Church and assisted with hosting events with the Young Life Committee at the Young Life Club. He participated in a volunteer program with the Global Leadership Medicine Leadership Training program where he was selected to travel to Bali to serve.
Athletics
His tennis and track coaches, have voted Steven as captain of the 2019-2020 teams, respectively. Steven currently plays the number one spot on the WESCO 3A Southern Division Shorewood High School Tennis Team. Steven has received the “coaches” award twice in tennis, voted to the All-WESCO league team for tennis and swim as well.

Week 8
Name: Madison Mestas
School: Puyallup High School
Graduation Year: 2020
GPA: 3.8
Sport(s): Cheering, Gymnastics, Unified Softball, Unified Cheerleading

Academics
Madison is enrolled in multiple AP courses. She completed the Cap Stone degree endorsement requirements her sophomore year. She is president of DECA club, where she works in the student coffee shop which raises money for the Foster our Future program. She is a Spanish National Honor society member serving as President her senior year. She is a VIKING LADY, where student delegates serve supporting school events.
Community
Madison volunteers at Marry Bridge Children’s hospital and Marry Bridge children’s therapy unit. Madison is a member of the Puyallup High School daffodil court promoting education, community pride and volunteerism through the daffodil festival organization. She is a member of March Gladness, a community in schools programming that participates in community activates and service projects. she has a varsity letter in community service.
Athletics
Madison is the Community Ambassador for the Puyallup Highschool Cheer team, where she works on projects to bring the cheer team to participate in community service projects. One such project Madison is leading is the Unified Cheer team which will participate in several games and activities throughout the school year. Madison is captain of the gymnastics team.

Week 7
Name: Regina Landon
School: Rainier Beach High School
Graduation Year: 2020
GPA: 3.9
Sport(s): Volleyball, Softball

Academics
Regina uses her teacher’s office hours to create relationships with her teachers. She is an avid participant in classroom discussions and is the generator of unique and important conversations. She has a natural inclination to study issues of social justice, especially but not limited to the successes and challenges of women of color in the US. She has undertaken self-directed research including the use of academic databases and combining the stacks of UW’s libraries to produce an analysis and critique of feminist protest in the 1960s.
Community
Regina is constantly reaching out to professionals of color to learn about their experiences within their background. Regina attends church twice a week and helps to educate them on her finding in feminism. If she has practice in the afternoon, Regina will go to church before school to help with the building. She organizes charitable drives for her church. Participates in youth mentorship programs. Elected member of ASB where she is constantly seeking out opportunities for the inclusion and advancement of her peers.
Athletics
Captain of both the volleyball and softball teams. She is responsible for sustaining the softball team by recruiting young women who have never picked up a glove before. Regina leads by example, never missing any practices and always starting practice off with what she hopes to accomplish that day. Regina organized the most successful fundraiser in history for her softball team by promoting and reaching out to people in her community to help. Regina oftentimes will stay two hours after practice with her coach, trying to perfect her craft. Her coach says, “if I could fill a team with players like Regina, I would do so in a heartbeat!”

Week 6
Name: Hannah Elaimy
School: Roosevelt High School
Graduation Year: 2021
GPA: 4.0
Sport(s): Golf

Academics
Hannah takes all honors and AP courses. She also holds a 4.0 GPA and is top in her class.
Community
Hannah is an active member of the Roosevelt Suicide Prevention Team for the past 3 years—she holds a leadership position in this group. She is involved with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA). RYLA is an intense leadership experience meant to develop skills as a leader while also making connections. Hannah was honored as a counselor for the upcoming RYLA conference. In her free time, Hannah volunteers for the LPGA/USGA Girls golf camp in partnership with the First Tee of Greater Seattle. This camp focuses on golf skill-building and activities to empower young women to learn and grown through the game of golf.
Athletics
Her coach says “Hannah came into my golf program as an amazing golfer but what I really noticed was her maturity.” Because of her maturity, Hannah was named captain of the golf team as a Sophomore—which has never been done. Hannah has finished in the top 10 at the state tournament each year. Last year she finished in 7th overall as a Sophomore.

Week 5
Name: Alonso Renteria
School: Kentridge High School
Graduation Year: 2020
GPA: 3.7
Sport(s): Football

Academics
Alonso holds a 3.7 GPA. He is involved in College Success Foundation to help prepare him for college. Alonso will be the first in his family to graduate high school and attend college.
Community
Alonso advocates for the Washington State Need Grant to district representatives in Olympia. He was selected by his high school to attend the Latino/a Education Achievement Project Conference where he spent two days learning how to address the education gap among the Latinx community. Alonso is a translator for his family and community; bringing cultures and language together
Athletics
Alonso is known for his reliability and dedication to football. Alonso uses football to uplift his teammates and attends every single practice. Alonso is constantly seeking constructive criticism from his coaches so he can get better.

Week 4
Name: Hailey Still
School: Thomas Jefferson High School
Graduation Year: 2020
GPA: 3.9
Sport(s): Soccer, Basketball, Softball

Academics
Hailey not only participates in honors courses at her high school but also takes classes at a community college where she will receive her associates degree by the time she graduates high school. She is on the honor roll a the community college and is part of Phi Theta Kappa at the college.
Community
Volunteers weekly for children with disabilities, she helps tutor them and be a person they can rely on for help. Hailey built and installed a “Little Free Library” in her neighborhood. She did this so others could who may not have access to books can have access daily.
Athletics
Hailey is team captain for all sports she plays. She has been selected by the NPSL coaches as MVP player of the year multiple times and was selected to play semi pro soccer this year on the WPSL where she was also selected to the All-Conference Team with athletes that played the game at the highest level around the world. She was named “Athlete of the Week” by the Federal Way School District. Hailey will be playing soccer for the University of Washington next year.

Week 3
Name: Jayden White
School: Everett High School
Graduation Year: 2020
GPA: 3.69
Sport(s): Track and Field & Basketball

Academics
Jayden has been on honor roll every semester since middle school. He holds a 3.69 and has taken 8 AP classes including 5 AP exams.
Community
Jayden spends his time delivering Thanksgiving meals to families in the community, helping out with the special needs dance hosted by the Torch Honor Society, and packing lunches for the Salmon for Soldiers event.
Athletics
Jayden is a two-sport athlete. He placed 2nd in the state 3A shotput and 6th in in 3A for Discus. This past summer he placed 7th in the USA Track & Field Nationals and was invited to the New Balance National Indoor Championship. Jayden’s positive presence and work ethic make him a leader on the team. Although the school does not designate captains, his Athletic Director says “Jayden is clearly followed by his teammates.”

Week 2
Name: Cassadie Golding
School: Montesano High School
Graduation Year: 2021
GPA: 4.0
Sport(s): Soccer, Cheerleading, Dance/Drill, Fastpitch Softball

Academics
Cassadie is a 4.0 student and takes several honors classes such as physics, English and pre-calculus. Cassadie has a goal of working in sports marketing so she uses her time to reach out to prospective universities to make connections.
Community
Cassadie is a buddy coordinator for the Grays Harbor Little League Challenger Program where she arranges for buddies to help kids with disabilities play baseball. Cassadie is also ASB business manager. In this role, she coordinates the annual Food Bowl program that raises money and collects food for Montesano Food Bank. Lastly, Cassadie teaches outdoor and leadership skills to 2nd-8th graders at a camp she attended as a child.
Athletics
Cassadie plays four sports including Soccer, Cheerleading, Dance/Drill and Fastpitch Softball. She is co-captain of the dance/drill team where she assists in choreography and teaching of the newer and younger students. She also sits on a leadership group for the dance/drill team so she can meet outside of school hours to strategize the team’s success.

Week 1
Name: Alex Ledbetter
School: Bainbridge High School
Graduation Year: 2020
GPA: 3.9
Fall Sport(s): Football

Academics
Alex has taken several AP classes over the course of his junior and senior year. While being involved in his community as well as a leader on the football field, Alex continues to excel in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA.
Community
Alex has been setback from two injuries, but overcame both by spending time volunteering at community rotary events and youth camps. He served as a tutor for at-risk youth where he liked to teach young kids to value their education over athletics. Though his injuries kept him from joining the baseball team, it was then that he realized he wanted to be involved in sports in a different way—he signed up to be a little league umpire.
Athletics
Alex tore his labrum during a football game and needed surgery. Exactly one year after completing physical therapy, he returned to the football field only to tear his ACL which he needed surgery for too. Alex did not let his injuries define him as he continued to work through it and guide his teammates. He continues to encourage his team as the Captain for the past two years.