Aldridge, Grimes named Student Athletes of the Year

Youngstown, OH (WYTV)-  LaBrae’s Peyton Aldridge and Mathew’s Madeline Grimes were named Student Athletes of the Year at the annual banquet Wednesday.

Aldridge and Grimes were selected among 40 Student Athletes of the Week throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Each were rewarded a $1000 scholarship on behalf that will go towards their college expenses.

Aldridge was a three-sport standout at LaBrae, who graduated with a total of eleven varsity letters.  He’s a three-time All-State honoree in basketball, which earned him a full ride scholarship to Davidson. Aldridge was also a standout pitcher and shortstop for the Labrae baseball team, and also played quarterback for the Vikings for three years.  In the classroom, he was just as talented, posting a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“It’s a great honor, it means a lot to know that out of all these students I got selected,” said Aldridge. “These students are great at what they do.  And to be selected is a great honor.  I just want people to remember me as a good person and a respectful person, and being a good basketball player that can hoepfully inspire younger kids to play basketball and work hard in the classroom.”

Aldridge is vice president of his senior class and National Honor Society. He is president of the Letterman’s Club and is also a member of Student Council. Peyton is an active member in his church youth group at 1st Community Church of Leavittsburg.

Grimes was a four-year starter for the Mustangs softball team, and helped lead the team to three consecutive District Championships. She was also a two year letter winner on the volleyball team. Madeline is a 4.0 student and ranks #1 in her class. But her talents don’t stop there. She also plays the flute, and has been a member of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra for four years, and has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“Looking around I was just amazed by everything that my classmates have done, and I’m very honored to be selected.” said Grimes. “Overall it’s been a very rewarding process by investing myself into different things. I’ve met a lot of very diverse and very rewarding people throughout the entire experience.”

Grimes studies in the scholars program at Youngstown State, and has already earned a scholarship to the University this Fall. She has also served more than 100 hours of community service with several organizations including the Animal Welfare League.

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