Kody Newman received three different athletic awards from South Whidbey High School last week. (Photo by John Fisken)

Kody Newman received three different athletic awards from South Whidbey High School last week. (Photo by John Fisken)

Senior Falcons receive year-end awards

A handful of South Whidbey High School seniors collected athletic honors at the awards assembly last week.

Eight members of the class of 2019 earned spots on the Wall of Fame, which lines the hall leading to the gymnasium: Graham Collar, Emma Leggett, Michael Lux, Kody Newman, Clay O’Brien, Matthew Simmons, Callahan Yale and Mary Zisette.

Newman and Farriss Jokinen received the Cliff Gillies Award, presented by the Washington State Interscholastic Activities Association at each high school. The award, named after former WIAA executive director Gillies, recognizes students for their participation in student activities, academic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship.

Jokinen and Maxwell Dodd were recipients of the South Whidbey Board of Directors Award and Loren Brixner Award, respectively, which go to the female and male athletes with the highest grade point average while being a consistent participant in co-curricular activities.

Newman and Alexandra Kurtz received the Jim Leirer Award for demonstrating qualities of good sportsmanship in day-to-day interactions with students and teachers in the classroom and athletic arena.

O’Brien and Niki Greene earned the United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award for best epitomizing the adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Mary Zisette earned a spot on South Whidbey High School’s Wall of Fame. (Photo by John Fisken)

Mary Zisette earned a spot on South Whidbey High School’s Wall of Fame. (Photo by John Fisken)