The final Centre Daily Times James Snyder Awards of the year were given to Bald Eagle Area’s Brandon Gettig and Madeline Cingle on Friday night.
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.
“I was excited when I found out I would be receiving the award,” Gettig said. “I know there have been a lot of great people that have come before me and a lot of great people that will come after.”
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“It was such an honor,” Cingle said. “I know how big of a deal it is to receive the award.”
In addition to the Snyder Award, which dates to 1958, Gettig also has the distinction of being the CDT’s first male Inspiring Athlete of the Year.
The senior finished his career as a four-year letterwinner in soccer, basketball and baseball. He led the BEA basketball team in scoring while surpassing 1,000 points, and also led the Eagle baseball team in hitting. He also earned Mountain League first-team honors in soccer and basketball and second team in baseball.
“What I’ll remember is being a part of such a good group of athletes as a collective,” Gettig said of his athletic career.
He’s a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Club and served on the Student Government. He’s also served on mission trips with his church youth group.
He will be attending Penn State-DuBois this fall and joining the Lions’ baseball team. He said he will go to school undecided on a major, but he hoping to have a career involving sports.
Cingle was a member of the soccer, cross country, basketball and track teams.
She leaves the school with the BEA record in the 3,200-meter run and was a Mountain League cross country all-star. She said she loved running more than anything she competed in.
“I loved the competition,” Cingle said. “I loved going out there and trying to improve every race. It was a stress reliever.”
While in high school, Cingle has been her class treasurer all four years, been active in the Special Olympics, SAAD, Powder Puff football, the National Honor Society, FBLA, the Junior Executive committee, Academic Decathlon and the LEO and Spanish clubs.
Cingle also has been very active in the community, helping as a basketball coach and referee, and an elementary track volunteer. She also has worked with Relay For Life, the Holiday Families Project, the Spanish Club Fair, the Annual Prom Dress Event and the NHS Blood Drive.
She will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class with the Keystone Literature Award, as well as awards in PSSA match, reading, writing and science.
She will study to become a physician’s assistant this fall at Lock Haven.