More than two dozen high school athletes from Western Pennsylvania will be recognized tonight at the fourth annual C Harper Positive High School Athlete Awards.
All of the athletes will be honored by former Steeler Hines Ward and Lanny Frattare will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which take place at 7 p.m. at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District.
A total of $31,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to the winners. Positive Athlete was created as a movement for more "positivity" in youth sports. Each athlete was required to show leadership and characteristics that show a positive attitude on and off the field.
The winners are Riley Karn, Fort Cherry; Moriah McGuire, McGuffey; Ryan Harkleroad, Upper St. Clair; Ashley Holt, Pa, Cyber Charter; Jim Knoerdel, South Side Beaver; Marisa Deichert, Laurel Highlands; Gino DePaoli, East Allegheny; Toni Koval, Carlynton; Luke Dzikiy, New Brighton; Courtney Wahlstrom, Seneca Valley; Jimmy Vita, Hampton.
Isabel Siergiej, Penn-Trafford, Carmen Palermo, Gateway; Ava Petrosky, Latrobe; Jake Trainor, Canon-McMillan, Mary Kathryn Bair, Hickory; Zachary Remaley, Mount Pleasant; Emma Buerger, Mt. Lebanon; Patrick O'Connor, Seneca Valley; Olivia Szalanski, Highlands; Hunter Armstrong, Lakeview; Nina Tyskiewicz, South Allegheny; Kris Silbaugh, Cambridge Springs, Maggie McDermott, Kiski Area; Marco Marinelli, Thomas Jefferson; Danijela Jergan, North Allegheny, Jessica Johnson, Connellsville; Dylan Porter, Thomas Jefferson.
Coaches who will be honored are Joe Everhart of Uniontown and Jen McCrady of Fox Chapel.
Also, South Side Beaver will be honored as the Highmark Most Positive High School.
Each of the athletes will receive a $500 scholarship from the Jeff Boynton Scholarship Fund, named after a former Plum football star who was paralyzed while playing in a 1979 summer all-star game.
Also, there will be $5,000 scholarships given to a "Mylan Male and Female Positive Athletes of the Year"; A $2,200 Jeff Boynton Memorial Scholarship; two $1,000 scholarships to the "UPMC Sports Medicine Comeback Player Awards"; a $1,000 scholarship to a girl for the "Knichel Logistics Title IX Award."