Students Honored at Scholar Athlete Breakfast


Seniors Zach Turnitza and Alexis Yoder pose with their scholar athlete awards presented to them by the Schuylkill League. This award is the result of their academic and athletic success. Alexis said, “It validated all of my hard work in the classroom and on the field.”

        When we think of student’s strengths during their time in schools, we typically imagine either one who is exceptional on the field or one who is exceptional in the classroom, but the ability to excel in both is shown by Zach Turnitza and Alexis Yoder. The first annual scholar athlete breakfast, hosted by the Schuylkill League, honored these two students at the Mountain Valley Golf Course in Barnesville.

        Alexis Yoder was the female student receiving the award. She played basketball and soccer. She has three League medals and three district medals, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She said, “It was great to be honored as the scholar athlete because it validated all of my hard work in the classroom and on the field throughout my high school career.” She plans to attend Penn State University Park to major in journalism.

        Zach Turnitza was the male athlete honored at this breakfast. Also a member of the National Honor Society, he was on the swim team all four years of high school, and by the end of it, he managed to score over 1000 points. He has earned numerous medals at the district and state level. Zach will attend the University of Scranton to major in nursing, and he will continue with his swimming career. Zach said, “I will continue to improve by working hard at practice.”