Zach Moody and Michelle Kachik were the recipients of the James Snyder Award at Bald Eagle Area’s annual sports awards banquet on Sunday.
The award, sponsored by the Centre Daily Times, is given in memory of Snyder, a former CDT sports editor, who was killed in an automobile accident in December of 1957.
The award is given to the male and female letterwinners, who also demonstrated excellence in the classroom as well as being a good citizen in the school and community.
Moody ran cross country and indoor and outdoor track for four years.
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Moody was also a member of the junior and senior executive committees, student government, mock trial and National Honor Society in addition to volunteering with the Special Olympics, Relay for Life and youth track program.
“It’s a huge honor,” Moody said. “We do have quite a few good athletes in our school alone, so being chosen out of all of them as the Snyder Award winner, I was pretty proud to take that award, that’s for sure.”
He is the son of Wade and Nedra Moody.
During his BEA career, he competed on the 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams and ran the 800, 1,600, and 3,200-meter races.
As a senior, he competed in the PIAA meets in cross country and track in the 3,200.
“Overall, it’s a great accomplishment I’d say because I got to run against some of the greatest kids in the state,” Moody said. “And while I may not have come away from states with a medal, I can at least come away saying that I was in the top however in cross country and the top 20 in the 3,200 at states.”
Moody will attend Misericordia, where he will study to become a physician’s assistant and run on the cross country and track teams. He plans to use his degree in the Army.
“My dream job has been to go into active war zones to be on the field helping those who are in combat,” Moody said. “My dream job would be to assist those who are defending our country on the front lines. So I’m thinking as a physician’s assistant if I get that degree, I’ll be able to go into the Army and do pretty much the same thing.”
Kachik was a member of the track and field team for four years.
She was also a standout gymnast, winning the state championship for the all-around and balance beam as a freshman and in the uneven bars as a sophomore and senior. Kachik was a member of the Spanish Club, National Honor Society and student government, and she served on the sophomore, junior and senior executive committees.
“This award honestly, it’s the one I’ve really been looking forward to,” Kachik said. “Seventh grade, my dad told me what it was and what it was all about and ever since I knew what it was, that has been my goal to have my name up on there and just be recognized. I honestly think it’s one of the greatest honors I could ever receive as a student-athlete.”
She is the daughter of Michael and Shelly Kachik.
She said BEA track coach Jeff Jodon convinced her to come out for the team despite her focus on gymnastics. Kachik competed on the 400 and 1,600 relay teams and ran the 100 and 200 during her career. She holds the school record in the pole vault at 9-0.50.
“I wouldn’t even have done it if it wouldn’t have been for coach Jodon because gymnastics was always my first sport,” Kachik said. “But he’s the one who kind of talked me into it, and he was my biggest supporter in track and biggest motivator. I owe all my success in track and field to coach Jodon.”
Kachik will attend Pennsylvania College of Technology and study to become a physician’s assistant.
“I want to eventually get into the orthopedic field and kind of deal with sports injuries to still keep up with the sports and being around athletes,” Kachik said.