Each year the Times Herald Record newspaper chooses two senior scholar athletes, a boy and a girl, from the schools in its coverage area. This year the students chosen from Liberty are Olivia Racette and Jordan Russo.
Olivia and Jordan were honored at a breakfast for all THR scholar athletes at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown on Tuesday, May 22.
Olivia is the salutatorian of her class and has participated in soccer, alpine skiing, basketball and softball. Skiing and basketball both occur during the winter season requiring Olivia to juggle two sports and her academic subjects. She won the Section IX alpine skiing championship this year and earned a trip to the state championship at Bristol Mountain.
While competing in sports and maintaining high academic standards, Olivia also found time to serve her community. She has been an AYSO referee and a mentor for middle school students. Olivia participated in the Relay for Life and has been a volunteer at the Liberty Elks and Liberty Methodist Church.
Her awards and achievements include National Honor Society; class treasurer; Tri M honor society; SCMEA all-county soprano; all-state; captain for soccer, softball, basketball; MVP in skiing, soccer, softball, basketball; Ross award for soccer scholar-athlete; Buchal MVP softball award; Ratner award for basketball scholar-athlete.
In the fall Olivia will attend Ohio State University to major in neuroscience.
Jordan Russo is the valedictorian of his class and has participated in the Varsity running program for four years. This include cross country in the fall, indoor track in winter and outdoor track during the spring season. He has served as captain for all of these teams and sets an example for other athletes with his strong work ethic.
Jordan’s awards and achievements include National Honor Society president; Kavleski student-athlete award
Jordan has also served his community as a volunteer at the Elk’s Lodge, as a member of Spirit of Liberty and by tutoring other students.