Athletes honored for Celtic Pride

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Clockwise, from upper left: John Kiser, Laura Donaldson, Stacey Titchenal, Aerial Rice.

Clockwise, from upper left: John Kiser, Laura Donaldson, Stacey Titchenal, Aerial Rice.


Of the Keizertimes

For this year’s four winners of the Celtic Pride Award, presented to those students who compete in three sports every year of their high school careers, the path to attaining that goal wasn’t always easy, but they all share one thing in common: they’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

“I do choir and sports and, even though life can be hectic, it’s a lot of fun and you make a lot of friends and lot of memories,” said Jon Kiser. “You just can’t be afraid to do multiple things.”

Kiser competed in football, basketball and track and field as a thrower and sprinter during his stint as a McNary High School student and said it was difficult to choose a favorite because each is so different.

“In football, it’s very big and like a family. In basketball, it’s a smaller, more connected group. In track, it’s individual, but it’s a team because you have to work as a team to make good things happen,” he said.

Of the four honorees this year – the others were Laura Donaldson, Aerial Rice and Stacey Titchenal – Kiser had one of the tougher roads in at least one regard. In football and basketball especially, McNary teams have struggled throughout his tenure, but he focused on what he might take away from the experience.

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