EATON — Seventeen Eaton High School students were recognized by the Eaton Board of Education for extra-curricular achievement during a meeting on Monday, Dec. 14.
The 15 players who made up the district champion, regional qualifying and SWBL Co-Champion Volleyball team were among those honored by the board.
Breonna Gayhart, Allison Collins, Aubrey Stevenson, Becca Mowen, Brandi Sittloh, Emma McKinney, Jackie McCafferty, Stacie Weathington, Maley Tinstman, Julia Titus, Meghan Puckett, Courtney Giffen, Annika Gels, Ariel Richardson and Britany George all received honors from the board for achievements during the 2015 volleyball season.
The program won its first SWBL championship since 2003, sharing the title with Bellbrook.
The Eagles rode the momentum of its most successful regular season in over a decade to a District Championship and a birth in the OHSAA Division II “Sweet 16” in the OHSAA state tournament.
It was the Eagles’ first district title since 2000. The team eventually fell in the regional-semis to Athens in four sets, but the season remains a banner year for the program.
Seth Gard also received recognition from the board for his achievements in cross country. Gard had an outstanding season for the Eagles program, being named to first-team all-regional, first-team all-district and first-team All-SWBL.
He also earned the title of SWBL Overall Individual Champion and the SWBL Southwestern Champion after winning the SWBL meet.
Gard placed 30th in the Division II state meet after placing sixth in his regional qualifying event with a time of 16:13.
The final student honored by the board was FFA student Katelyn Niehaus. Niehaus won the District 5 Job Interview Contest, allowing her to advance to the state competition.
Niehaus placed fifth in the state competition after winning the District Competition.
The competition allows students to practice job interview skills and puts those skills to the rest requiring students to submit a cover letter and resume complete a written job application, before two 15-minute interviews with employers, and finishing by writing a formal follow-up thank you letter.
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