Spotlight: Paige Leonard
Paden City High School produces its fair share top-notch scholars and athletes. As a Paden City High School student, one is – more often than not, expected to excel in both. Wildcat soon-to-be senior Paige Leonard is an example of what small school students often do. “Keep busy,” not only in your school work and athletics – but as a member of the community.
Leonard has been a part of the Wildcats’ girls basketball team since her freshman year and is a three-time letter winner. She has been a team captain since her sophomore season and has won several awards. Her coach called her the most unselfish player he’s ever coached.
“She could be a great scorer if she wanted, but she likes to keep her teammates involved and would just as soon fill the stats with assists. She has gotten better with each season and can now handle the ball, shoot the jumper, play quality defense, and run the floor,” said coach Allen Miller.
As a basketball player, Leonard has been chosen to the All-OVAC second team and the third team Mason-Dixon Conference. Paige has also been chosen as the Wetzel Chronicle’s Athlete of the Week.
During her time at Paden City, she has been a cheerleader each season and is a three-time letter winner who will be working on her fourth. She cheers for the boys basketball and football teams and is on the school competition squad. She was on the 2016 OVAC Class-A Cheerleading Runner Up Squad.
Her other sport of interest has been cross country where she has also won three letters. She is what you call an all-around athlete, who works extremely hard to represent her team and school. Besides sports, she also excels in academics.
Every nine weeks, since she has been in high school, she has made the honor roll and has a current GPA of 3.9. She has been named Paden City High School’s Student of the Month, is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society, and is a member of the Thespian Troupe 4892.
Hard work and dedication always pay off, and in Paige’s case, it just continues to grow. Her academics are impressive, to say the least. Besides the above, she was named to the 2017 All-OVAC Academic team. She serves on the Wetzel County superintendent’s Advisory Council and is a student council member, while also making the Merit List for the 2017 Fall Semester at West Virginia Northern Community College.
Paige also leads a spiritual life and is a member of the Paden City Church of God.
Watching her play during her three seasons, the Tyler Star News has seen great improvement in her athletic ability. We feel she will have a season to be proud of. She said she is excited for her senior year and the upcoming sports season. After graduation, she plans to attend college and study Radiology. We at the Tyler Star News wish her the best in the upcoming school year. If you get a chance, come out and watch Paden City girls basketball this year. You’ll see what we’re talking about.