Kiwanis Selects Athlete of the Year

The title of 2022's Kiwanis Athlete of the year will be going to Teigan Taylor, Fairview. Awards Banquet will be held Thurs., June 23, Sidney Elks Lodge.

Teigan is a fantastic athlete. She was in volleyball all four years of high school and in track all but her sophomore year. She also played basketball during her freshman and sophomore years. In volleyball, Teigan was nominated for MVP her junior year and won the offensive award her senior year. She won several awards in track including state champion for pole vault in her junior year, divisional champion for 300m hurdles her senior year, and district champion in pole vault her freshman, junior, and senior years; 100m hurdles her junior year, and 300m hurdles her freshman, junior, and senior years. She is active in both her church and her community, volunteering for many things from helping out with fundraisers, clean-up, and repair opportunities to volunteering as a camp counselor, community dinner, and community service projects through her church. She has also had the opportunity to work at different places in Fairview and Sidney. Teigan signed with the University of North Dakota to continue her passion for track and field. She is pursuing a Doctorate in physical therapy

Every year Kiwanis in Richland County choose to support local athletes by shining light on the best. At first, they just left applications with coaches and if athletes wanted to participate they had to request the application from the coach. Then, for a few years, Kiwanis sent out a scout to go around to all the high schools in the area and pick out senior athletes from Richland County and Richey who showed good drive and ethic. They would leave applications for the chosen athletes to fill out and return. One male athlete and one female athlete were then chosen from the group to be the male and female athletes of the year. This year, however, the local Kiwanis group has not had scouts and they had to go back to the original application process with athletes getting an application on their own to fill out. Interest plummeted in the program this year as a result.

The applications are easy. Besides some general information, there are just three questions that ask about things dealing with the applicant's character. One is a short biography; another is a list of high school sports participated in and accomplishments in them. The last is a list of activities participated in during high school, both on and off school grounds, including activities such as volunteering, offices held, awards received, and responsibilities. Participation is open to any senior athletes in Richland County or Richey who wish to apply. Applications need to be turned in to the athletics director. The athletics directors must turn them into Kiwanis by the Friday before the last week of school.


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