It’s no secret that high school seniors didn’t get a graduation steeped in tradition.

High school athletes have also had to adjust to new ways of doing things, or not doing them at all — games, workouts, training, even senior athlete recognitions.

But, I’ve heard many stories of students being recognized anyway possible in an effort to reward them for their hard work. Families, teachers, coaches and administrators have been creative and chose to make lemonade when life handed them lessons. I have no doubt this senior class will be resilient in life.

Thankfully some seniors were able to get some recognition prior to social distancing requirements. Mount Union Area High School 2020 grad Christopher Dodd is one of them.

Dodd and his family attended, by invitation, The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame awards banquet March 1 at The Penn Stater in State College. During the presentation of the awards, the Dodd family was pleasantly surprised when Christopher was awarded one of the chapter’s scholarships in recognition of his outstanding achievements in scholarship, leadership and the sport of football, as well as being honored as a scholar-athlete in recognition of his outstanding football performance, academic achievement and leadership!

In addition, Chris qualified to graduate with honors from Penn Highlands Community College and was recognized in a virtual student recognition program held by the school.

Christopher plans to attend Washington & Jefferson as a biomedical engineering student. He is the son of Chris and Brandee Dodd and the brother of Hanna and Derek King and Carys Dodd. Proud grandparents include Ray and Vickie McMullen of Mount Union; Donna and Dave Zelik of Huber Heights, Ohio; John and Sandy Dodd of Alva, Florida; and great-grandmothers, Patricia Sunderland of McVeytown; and Cora Mearns of Bridgeport, West Virginia.

Has your student been recognized throughout the quarantine? I’d love to hear about it. These kids deserve all the credit they can get.

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