ASHLAND -- University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center has announced the recipients of the 2020 William M. Emery Athlete of the Year awards.
Six local student-athletes were selected to receive scholarships totaling $5,000 from the 4th annual William M. Emery Athlete of the Year Awards Program. Winners were chosen based on their academic achievements, sports participation and achievements, and future personal and career goals.
About the William M. Emery, M.D. Athlete of the Year Awards
The UH Samaritan Medical Center Sports Medicine Athlete of the Year Award was named to honor the late William “Doc” M. Emery, M.D., FACS. Doc Emery spent 14 years as the volunteer team physician at Ashland College, where he also established the school’s sports medicine major. Doc’s widow, Karen Emery, has committed to continuing her husband’s legacy by supporting the community’s outstanding student-athletes through scholarships.
TOP FEMALE ATHLETES
Overall Winner: Ava Carnegie, Hillsdale High School
Ava graduated at the top of her class with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Other academic achievements include being named Ashland Elks Teen of the Month in October, 2019; winner of the State Americanism and Government Test; and the Ohio Educational Service Center Association Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award for Ashland County in 2020. Ava was voted Student of the Month in 2017 and 2019 and was the only student at Hillsdale to receive the “A+ Science Award.” She was also Hillsdale’s 2019-2020 OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award recipient.
Ava’s athletic achievements include being the school record holder in cross country. She earned a four-year varsity letter in track competing in the 1600, 3200, 800 and 4x800 relay.
Runner-up: Grace Grundy, Mapleton High School
Grace’s academic achievements include achieving a 3.7 GPA and excelling in English and the sciences. While at Mapleton, Grace participated in indoor and outdoor track and volleyball. Grace’s athletic achievements include qualifying for Regionals in the 300m hurdles, and for the State track meet with her 4x1 relay team. She has also participated with several high-level travel volleyball teams. In volleyball, she was named team captain and MVP her Junior year.
Grace has volunteered for the past three years at a local nursing home, and for the last year, has been employed as an STNA.
Grace shared in her essay, “I really enjoy my job and take a great deal of pride when working. I feel confident that when I work, my residents are in good hands and are being taken care of properly. Being kind to the residents is what I strive for most. I try to see fit that my residents are happy and having a good day.”
Honorable Mention: Anna Watson, Ashland High School
Anna’s academic achievements include Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, and serving on the Ashland High School Student Council. Anna will attend Eastern Michigan University this fall, majoring in biology and will be a part of the women’s golf team. Beyond earning her BS, she plans to go to law school and become a patent attorney.
Anna is active in her community and volunteers at her church’s hunger center. She also visits residents in nursing homes and walks dogs at a local dog shelter. In her essay,
Anna stated, “Although I have many personal goals, my number one goal in life is to become the best version of myself and leave everyone I meet better off than they were before.”
Anna’s athletic achievements include: school record holder – lowest golf score (66); Ohio Golf State Qualifier 2017, 2018 and 2019; four-year scholar athlete medal; MVP Golf Team 2017, 2018 and 2019, and OCC Golf Player of the Year, among other achievements.
TOP MALE ATHLETES
Overall Winner: Carsten Betson, Hillsdale High School
Carsten graduated with a 4.0 GPA, enjoying both school and State honors. Taking college classes his Junior and Senior year, Carsten graduated from high school with an Associate Degree in Business Administration.
He played basketball and baseball for all four years of high school, and was a four-year varsity letter winner in both sports. He was captain of the basketball team for three years, and his baseball team was in the state championship game.
Runner-up: Curtis Joppeck, New London High School
Curtis graduated from New London High School with a 3.89 GPA and was class of 2020 Salutatorian.
His academic achievements include being a member of the National Honor Society.
His athletic achievements include helping his cross country team achieve conference, district and regional titles, and a 7th place finish at the State meet. Curtis earned MVP awards in cross country and track. He earned a varsity letter in basketball and was named defensive player of the year.
Honorable mention: Devon McLean, Black River High School
Devon graduated with a 4.224 GPA and will attend The Ohio State University this fall, majoring in Chemical Engineering. Devon earned 30 college credits while in high school. He was actively involved in
Student Council for three years, and enjoyed volunteering for events such as homecoming and “Senior Send-off.” He also coordinated blood drives and planned pep rallies, in addition to other activities.
Outside of school, Devon volunteers as a coach for cross country, basketball and baseball youth camps.
Devon participated in cross country, and was a four-year letter winner. In basketball, he was a three-year letter winner and was awarded second team all-conference and first team all-county his senior year. He was also a four-year letter winner in baseball. Devon wrote, “I do not know for sure if I will enjoy chemical engineering, but that does not worry me. Ohio State is full of opportunities and I believe that I can find a successful career there no matter which direction it takes me.”