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Wayne student selected as student-athlete of the week

Sep. 01, 2013 @ 10:56 PM

WAYNE -- Wayne High School senior Kylie Rutherford was selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 1.

She is the first student-athlete to receive the honor for the 2013-2014 school year.

Rutherford is a member of the Pioneers' cross country and track teams and is coached by her parents, Jeff and Jeanette Rutherford of Lavalette. She has a 4.0 grade point average, is an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. She is also involved in Beta Club, prom and homecoming planning committees, and she serves as editor and sports editor of the school newspaper and as yearbook editor.

She also has excelled athletically. In 2012, she earned 1st team All-State honors and the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Region IV Cross Country Championship in her first year competing in the sport. During her sophomore year in 2011, Rutherford turned in impressive performances during the spring outdoor track season, finishing third in the open 800 and 4x400 and fifth in the 4x800 at the WV State Track & Field Championships.

Rutherford also is active in her community. She visits elementary schools to speak with students about character and also reads to them. She also has volunteered with Toys for Tots and Operation Christmas Child.

During the 2013 fall sports season, one high school student athlete will be selected each week as the AARP West Virginia Scholar Athlete of the Week and recognized on the West Virginia MetroNews High School GameNight program, which airs 9:30 p.m. to midnight each Friday night on nearly 40 radio stations across the Mountain State.

West Virginia student-athletes who are juniors or seniors and have at least a 3.0 grade point average are eligible for the award. Nominees should excel in one or more athletic program and be active within their community through service and community involvement. Nomination forms may be completed online at http://wvmetronews.com/scholar-athlete-of-the-week. Forms also are available at www.aarp.org/wv.

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