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Echer Selected as a Finalist for KSHSAA Spirit of Sport Award

Jordan EcherRussell High School Head Football Coach Jordan Echer has been recognized by the Kansas State High School Activities Association as a finalist for the KSHSAA Spirit of Sport Award. The award recognizes the values inherent in high school sports beyond winning and losing.

KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick invited all member high schools to submit the name of an individual, coach or team demonstrating such qualities. Echer was nominated by Russell High School for his commitment to community service through the RHS Football team. The team's community service efforts included a community work day, set-up and tear-down for the Gorham Street Dance, and assisting local civic groups with the displaying of flags during patriotic holidays. The team also supported youth football programs and visited area nursing homes on a regular basis. One local citizen was quoted in a meeting as saying the team's community service efforts "helped mend a broken community."

Other finalists for the award included Braelyn Falls of Southern Coffey County HS, Jackson Webb of Lawrence-Free State HS, Jakin Lefto of Valley Center HS, the Louisburg High School volleyball team, and Maddy Amsink and Julie Bachard of Cheney HS.

The KSHSAA Student-Advisory Team participates in the selection of the state of Kansas honorees. Maddy Amsink and Julie Bachard of Cheney High School were this year's recipients of the award for their selfless act of stopping mid-race to help an injured competitor during their regional cross country race.

Echer will receive a certificate in recognition of his selection as a finalist.

(Information courtesy KSHSAA and USD 407 Activities Director Scott Nuss.)

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