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Originally posted May 15, 2012
Union athletes McGovern, Hartzler honored by U.S. Army Reserve
Union’s Erika McGovern (Girls’ Swimming) and J.C. Hartzler (Boys’ Basketball) were awarded the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award Monday. This prestigious award is presented annually by the U.S. Army Reserve to high school students who have shown outstanding ability in both academics and athletics.
The students were surprised with the honor at a ceremony Monday afternoon when Sgt. Jason Hines presented McGovern and Hartzler an Olympic-style Scholar/Athlete medal in the Union Athletic offices. They had been nominated for the honor by Chuck Perry, director of Athletics.
Last year, teachers, coaches, and administrators from more than 12,000 high schools nationwide chose some 20,000 students as Scholar/Athlete recipients—more than ever before. The U.S. Army Reserve has presented the National Scholar/Athlete Award since 1981. Since then it has become a strong tradition in many high schools. Like the award it sponsors, the Army Reserve also has an impressive tradition. It is the nation’s oldest Federal Reserve force. More than 240,000 members serve in nearly 3,000 units nationwide.