South Charleston, Johnson Central students named Scholar Athletes of the Week

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Maggie Britt is selected as the Todd Judy Ford Scholar Athlete of the Week for South Charleston High School, and Ryley Preece is chosen for the honor at Johnson Central High School. (WCHS/WVAH)

Two student athletes who balance the books and two sports have been recognized for their achievements.

Maggie Britt has been selected as the Todd Judy Ford Scholar Athlete of the Week for South Charleston High School, and Ryley Preece has been chosen for the honor at Johnson Central High School.

Johnson Central visits South Charleston this week for the Wendy’s Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week.

Britt, a junior, plays soccer and basketball at South Charleston.

“I really love sports because of my teammates,” Britt said. “We’re really close, and the sports makes us closer.”

Britt started playing sports when she was a small child, and she also played club soccer.

She has found a way to balance her activities in the classroom and on the field.

“Time management is the biggest challenge because soccer takes up so much of my time, and I have to balance it with my schoolwork. I take college and honors classes. It gets hard sometimes, but I can do it. I normally study while at school and after practice,” Britt said.

Her devotion to sports has helped shape her.

“I’ve played for so long. I don’t know who I’d be without it. That’s just me,” Britt said.

Meanwhile, Preece, a senior, plays football and baseball for Johnson Central. He also juggles a busy schedule with academics and athletics.

“Sometimes, it’s very difficult,” Preece said. “I’m an honors student, so I have tons of homework, a lot of classes to keep up with. Maintaining a good balance between sports and school is difficult at times, but I’ve gotten used to it over the years.”

Preece said football is a sport that promotes teamwork and leadership.

“I’m the quarterback, and one of the leaders on the team. It’s really helped me in the classroom and to understand what a leader means and working in a group,” he said.

Preece said he plans to attend college and hopes to play a sport. He is undecided on a major, but he may pursue something in the medical field or the media.

For the meantime, he is enjoying his role as a high school student-athlete. Members of the community are very supportive of Johnson Central’s football program, he said, making playing a joy.

“It’s just a great feeling to go out there and play, not only for the name across our jersey, but for this town,” Preece said.

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