ROCHELLE — Rochelle Township High School crowned the two newest winners of its Rochelle News-Leader Scholar-Athlete Award when the varsity boys basketball team hosted Plano on Wednesday.
RTHS recognized former Hub and Lady Hub student-athletes Alex Harvey and Jacie Wyatt during halftime of Wednesday’s game. Both Harvey and Wyatt excelled in sports throughout the 2017-18 school year before graduating RTHS in 2018.
Harvey currently attends Washington University in St. Louis, while Wyatt attends Colorado State University. Wyatt currently studies business administration at Colorado State, while Harvey studies biomedical engineering at Wash-U.
“I’m extremely honored to have been selected for this award and I think that recognizing both academics and athletics is awesome,” Harvey said. “So far college has been a very fun challenge. I’ve had to adapt to a lot of new things, but I’ve made new friends that have helped me along the way, which is probably my favorite part about college. I enjoy the collaboration and the ability to meet new people.”
“I’m so thankful to have received this award,” Wyatt said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for balancing athletics and academics at the same time throughout high school. My college experience has been great so far. I’m meeting so many new people and learning a lot about myself. I’ve enjoyed getting involved on campus.”
Harvey graduated RTHS as one of Rochelle’s most accomplished football players, earning First-Team Academic All-State and First-Team All-Conference honors his senior year. He also placed twice at the individual state wrestling championships, and he led the Hubs to fourth place at the state dual championships his senior season.
“I miss the atmosphere of high school sports,” Harvey said. “There’s nothing like Friday night lights and playing for your hometown with friends you’ve known for your entire life… RTHS academics built a solid foundation for me to improve upon in college. Many of the ideas and problem-solving techniques I was taught in high school have been an integral part of my college education.”
Wyatt led Rochelle on the volleyball court, earning First-Team All-Conference honors over her junior and senior seasons. In addition to receiving an Academic All-State Honorable Mention her senior year, Wyatt stood out in track and field, qualifying for the state championships over all four years and medaling in the 1600-meter relay during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
“I miss being part of a team the most,” Wyatt said. “I miss seeing my teammates and coaches every day after school and just having a blast at practices. RTHS academics have definitely helped me prepare for college. I learned time management and study skills that I still use in college. All my teachers prepared me so much that the transition to college work was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”