Seniors earn high honors for brains and brawn

During their first three years of high school, Ashlee Hafey and Anthony Loughran noted who received the Outstanding Male and Female Scholar Athlete awards at the end-of-the-year assembly and set a goal -- they wanted to be called on the stage in their senior years.

Last week that goal was reached as the two seniors were called up for the honor that recognizes athletic and academic achievement.

"My uncle received it and I thought it would be a great accomplishment," Hafey said.

"It was an honor."

The award is based on a point system counting points for how many varsity letters earned and on the student's grade point average through seven semesters.

Hafey lettered in track for four years, basketball for three years and volleyball for two years. Her overall GPA was 3.56.

"One of the athletic accomplishments I'll remember is getting to go to state in track as a freshman," she said. "We finished fourth in the 4-by-1 and that is the best I ever did."

Hafey plans to attend Mesa State College in Grand Junction in the fall and earn a nursing degree. She doesn't plan to compete in a varsity sportbut said that her experience in high school athletics should help her in the future.

"Sports taught me the value of hard work and dedication," she said.

Like Hafey, Loughran won't be participating in a varsity sport in college, but he said he is taking away valuable life lessons from athletics.

"Hard work accomplishes things," he said. "I also have great friends because of the sports I've been in."

Loughran was near perfect in possible points earned for the award with 11 varsity letters (the most one can earn is 12) and a 3.98 GPA.

The only time he didn't letter was his freshman year in football. He lettered three times in cross country and four in basketball and track.

"Probably one of my most memorable moments was state track this year and breaking the school record in the 3,200 relay," he said. "Basketball games against Steamboat Springs also have to be up there."

Loughran plans to attend the University of Colorado and major in architecture and planning.

The Outstanding Male award is named after Lewis "Dude" Dent who went to Moffat County High School from 1936-1939.

He was an all-state fullback his junior year and earned All-American honors at that position his senior year.

He attended Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) and played football there.

Dent was killed in World War II and was honored for the first time in 1957 when the award was named after him.

The U.S. Army also honored two Moffat County scholar athletes with the U.S. Scholar Athlete Award.

The medallions for those awards went to Lauren Stover and Jason Mosher.

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