5/15/2018 3:49:00 PM Wellston powerlifters honored by school board, county commissioners
In light of the Wellston Powerlifting Team winning a State Championship in Divisions 5, 6 and 7 back in March, the Jackson County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of May 14, 2018 as Wellston Golden Rockets Powerlifting Team Week. Commissioner Paul Haller presented the official proclamation to team members, coaches and Wellston School Board members on Monday night, May 14 from inside Wellston High School. (Telegram Photos By Phillip Buffington)
Jackson County Commissioner Paul Haller (left) is shown displaying one of the three special plaques he had made to honor Wellston’s powerlifters alongside Coach Jay Lucas.
The week of May 14, 2018 has been proclaimed as Wellston Golden Rockets Powerlifting Team Week by the Jackson County Commissioners in honor of the team earning a State Championship in Divisions 5, 6 and 7 in March.
At the start of the Monday night, May 14 meeting of the Wellston City Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Karen Boch addressed the team's accomplishments.
"It is with pride and great pleasure that I have the opportunity to recognize and honor our powerlifting team for all of your accomplishments," she stated from inside the Wellston High School (WHS) Cafetorium. "That's something we haven't seen in a long time."
Next, Boch introduced Jackson County Board of Commissioners President Paul Haller who made some comments of his own before presenting a proclamation from himself and fellow commissioners Jerry Hall and Ed Armstrong.
"Just to go to the state to compete is one thing, but to win is quite an accomplishment," Haller said. "We're proud of you, Jackson County is proud of you."
In reading the official proclamation, Haller explained that this powerlifting group is the first Wellston has had in 16 years. Consisting of students in grades 7-12, the State Champion team achieved that honor by lifting a total combined weight of 12,700 pounds at Kenton High School in March.
As a gift, Haller presented Coach Jay Lucas and Boch with framed copies of the proclamation along with a photo of the team members at Kenton on the day of their victory. A third framed copy will also be displayed at the Jackson County Commissioners' office on Portsmouth Street in Jackson for one year, at which time it will be given to the Wellston School District.
Haller explained, having been a coach and teacher himself in the past, he understands that sports accomplishments, like powerlifting, don't always get as much publicity or recognition as others.
"I wanted to make special recognition to you all for your hard work," he said.
Certificates of recognition were given to each team member and coach on behalf of the board as well. During his comments, Coach Lucas gave thanks to the board, the commissioners, his lifters, and to the parents and others who assisted in preparing WHS for a home powerlifting meet.
"Having a meet here at WHS was quite a task, moving all of the plates and racks, it was an all-day affair and it took a lot of people to make that happen," he said. "I greatly appreciate it. To all the guys, you all know I love you and I appreciate all of your hard work."
In closing, Coach Lucas, always looking ahead, gave those team members who will be returning next year a bit of advice.
"Keep pushing forward and be ready 103 days from now," Coach Lucas said. "You've got to be ready 103 days from now."