NEWS RELEASE: 8th Grader, Mason Howard, Named Sept. Stu. Athlete of the Month

8th Grader, Mason Howard, JTA September Student Athlete of the Month, pictured here with Mr. Rick Skeeters.

NEWS RELEASE: 8th Grader, Mason Howard, Named JTA  September Student-Athlete of the Month


Coach Q. Parmes, Head J. T. Alton Football Coach, says that Mason Howard, an 8th Grader on his team, exemplifies what it means to be a Trojan Student-Athlete. “Mason is a straight-A student and a leader on and off the field. He comes to every practice with a positive attitude and leads by example.”


Howard has demonstrated this level of work ethic and persistence for all three of his years at Alton. Howard has been the 7th Grade Student-Athlete of the Year in 2018-19, was the 2018-19 7th Grade Male Trojan Award recipient, the highest award an Alton student can receive, and was a nominee his 6th-grade year. Howard has been a consistent name on the JTA All-A Honor Roll both his 6th and 7th Grade years, a status he has maintained this year as well. 


“Mason goes above and beyond off the field making the students in our low incidence class feel welcomed and apart of his gym class.” Coach Q said,  “He cheers them on, motivates them, and helps them with any problems that they may have.” 


Howard has played Basketball all three years at JTA, Freshman/MS Baseball the last two years at NHHS, and although this is his first on the JTA football team, he is making his presence on the field well known. 


8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Brandon Durbin, says that, besides being a leader on the field and court, Mr. Howard is also a leader in the classroom; in fact, Mr.Durbin argues that this is where his success starts. 


“Mr. Howard not only does his work and earns good grades, but participates in classroom discussions and leads his friends through positive example. He can often be seen helping to either keep his friends on task or helping them through a difficult document analysis.” Mr. Durbin says, “He prides himself as being one of the first students finished with a class assignment, as well as holding to his principles and beliefs with strong arguments, being diplomatic where appropriate”


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