Bald Eagle Area’s Sarah Van Cise and Michael Kachik were named the winners of the James Snyder Awards on Friday night.
The BEA seniors picked up their trophies at the school’s annual sports awards banquet.
“I’m extremely honored,” Van Cise said of winning the award.
“I was kind of shocked,” Kachik said. “I wasn’t expecting it.”
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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 male and female senior letterwinners who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as being a good citizen in the school and community.
Van Cise played soccer and ran on the track and field team for the Lady Eagles.
She competed in both sports all four years.
She balanced athletics and academics in addition to being involved in student government, yearbook, Spanish club, senior executive committee and Leo club.
“I just learned to put everything you have into sports and school,” Van Cise said. “… It will be worth it in the long run.”
Van Cise will attend Bloomsburg University to major in nursing.
“I just love to help people,” Van Cise said. “I also love science and math so I figured I’d put the two together.”
Kachik played football all four years, wrestled three years and ran on the track and field team his final two years. He said his favorite sport was football as he and his teammates grew close like a “family.”
In March, he was honored by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Central Pennsylvania Chapter with a scholar-athlete award.
Kachik said he learned valuable lessons in the classroom and on the athletic fields.
He followed in the footsteps of his sister, Michelle, who won the Snyder Award in 2014.
“She was a good mentor,” Kachik said.
He was also involved with Spanish club and the Special Olympics.
He is majoring in security and risk analysis at Penn State.
“There’s a lot of demand for jobs,” Kachik said. “I always liked computers.”