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Newsome Students Awarded ‘Athlete of the Week’ Honors

By January 8, 2019October 4th, 2019Athlete of the Week
Florida Orthopaedic Institute


January 8, 2019
BY: Patch

Newsome Students Awarded ‘Athlete of the Week’ Honors

Tampa, Fl. – Jan. 7, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to recognize Newsome High School’s Garrett McGovern and Emma Stuck as the ‘Athletes of the Week’ for the week ending January 11, 2019.

Jeff Shotwell, the Boys Swimming Coach, praised McGovern on his accomplishments in the water.

“Garrett recently won an individual State Championship in the 4A State Swim Meet,” Shotwell said. He continued with, “He won the 200 IM and his time qualified him for All-American consideration. Garrett is a team player in an otherwise individual sport.”

Between multiple AP classes, swimming and his social life, McGovern believes in maintaining a state of balance. Through giving every aspect of his life the utmost effort, he accomplishes his goals.

“Keep your life balanced,” McGovern said. “The moment you let one part of your life consume you is when you go into a panic.”

Girls Soccer Head Coach, Denis Vukorep, nominated Stuck and recognized her leadership attributes.

“Emma is a junior on our soccer team and a relentless worker,” said Vukorep. “She is the first to go collect balls and cones during and after practices. She plays out of position to do what is best for our team. As a very talented athlete, she stays humble and treats everyone the same.”

Stuck believes that hard work, staying proactive and being selfless are the keys to reaching goals.

“The way to success is showing up every day ready to work at school and play my best at practice,” Stuck said. “When I miss school for athletic functions, I make sure to get caught up. Getting help and asking questions is always important. To win State, I try to engage my teammates and rely on them because it is a team effort. I think that makes it better for all of us.”

McGovern and Stuck rely on the act of balancing lifestyles and focusing on each task in front of them.

“Stay focused and stay positive,” Stuck said. “Knowing what you really want to accomplish and then taking the specific steps to get there will take you wherever you want to go.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

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