Sae­lens presents Un­sung Leader awards

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­pub.com

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Pa­tri­cia Sae­lens hon­ored a foot­ball player from each county high school be­fore the annual Colonel Richard­son and North Caro­line game Fri­day, Nov. 2.

The new Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Un­sung Leader Award, pre­sented to the play­ers after the open­ing coin toss, was awarded to Jor­dan Gabriel, of Colonel Richard­son, and Cody Hunter, of North Caro­line. Each player re­ceived a medal­lion from Sae­lens.

“With this new tra­di­tion, we seek to ac­knowl­edge that not ev­ery leader has a ti­tle or com­mands at­ten­tion from the front of the team,” Sae­lens said. “Some­times the most in­flu­en­tial leader is the one who shows ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fort and ded­i­ca­tion, leads by ex­am­ple, and is a player that team­mates nat­u­rally and in­for­mally fol­low. These are the qual­i­ties this new award will rec­og­nize.”

Colonel Richard­son head

coach Dan Mangum said Gabriel was a leader on the team and is a ded­i­cated worker, which are some of the qual­i­ties he was cho­sen to re­ceive the award.

“He’s the kind of kid you want in your pro­gram and hope­fully these younger kids look up to him and see that,” he said. “And I think for the most part they do and they as­pire to be like he is.”

Mangum said Gabriel also is an ex­cel­lent student, who is look­ing to study en­gi­neer­ing.

“He’s just an out­stand­ing kid, great to be around and he’s the epit­ome of what we want our kids to be,” Mangum said.

North Caro­line head coach James McCormick said Hunter was nom­i­nated for his work ethic.

“(He) shows up to work ev­ery­day, doesn’t ask for ac­co­lades, does what­ever he’s asked as hard as he pos­si­bly can, never com­plains — he’s just one of those good kids that you got to have if you want to have suc­cess in your pro­gram,” McCormick said.

McCormick said Hunter is one of the most nec­es­sary and es­sen­tial pieces to his pro­gram at North Caro­line.

“He’s just one of those kids that you don’t see in the paper a whole lot and he doesn’t get a lot of the flash, he doesn’t get that ac­co­lade,” McCormick said. “But he’s the kid you’ve got to have.”

As each player was pre­sented Un­sung Leader Award award, short bi­ogra­phies were read aloud about why each was cho­sen for the award.

“Gabriel pushes his team­mates to be the best they can be, and goes above and be­yond to im­prove his tal­ents and the tal­ents of those around him,” ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­phy.

“Hunter works hard for the team and putting it be­fore him­self,” ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­phy. “He shows up ev­ery day to push him­self for the bet­ter­ment of his team­mates.”

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Pa­tri­cia Sae­lens, cen­ter, presents the new Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Un­sung Leader Award to Colonel Richard­son’s Jor­dan Gabriel, left, and North Caro­line’s Cody Hunter be­fore the annual game be­tween the two schools Fri­day, Nov. 2.

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