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NEWS RELEASE: 8th Grade Basketball Newcomer Nolte Atcher Named December Student Athlete of the Month

Nolte Atcher with Rick Skeeters

When Nolte Atcher was first faced with the idea that he would be attending James T. Alton this year, he was not as apprehensive as most students are coming to a new school. “My mom works here, so I knew the people a little bit and I knew how inviting and welcoming they would be.” However, little did he know how much a part of the Alton community and Trojan Nation he would become.

“Before I always assumed that I would go to Central Hardin, even when I started here,” said Atcher, “but after being on the team, and seeing how nice the people here are, I'm glad I will be going to North Hardin and I am looking forward to continuing being a Trojan.”

Atcher had such a tremendous welcome from Bruin country, that his coaches, teachers and even his peers have noticed his positive addition to Alton. “Nolte is an amazing friend and teammate.” fellow 8th Grader and teammate Adam Charney says, “Every time he steps on the court he's giving it his all and not giving up...He's also an influence in the locker room and is very encouraging, he's a nice addition to our team.”

Coach Al Taft, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Alton, seems to concur in nominating Atcher for Student-Athlete of the Month, “Nolte is a very valuable asset to the JTA family and the boy’s basketball program.” Coach Taft went on to say that, “His hard-work is noticeable on and off the court. I know that I appreciate his commitment to excellence and being an all-around Student-Athlete”

Atcher transferred to Alton this year, after spending the last two at East Hardin MS. While at East, Atcher maintained his status on the A/B Honor Roll, and is on pace to achieve the same here in Trojan Country. This year, Atcher was chosen by his teachers to be a part of the iLead Seminar put on by EC3. This is a seminar designed to enhance a student’s natural leadership abilities outside of school, according to Alton Counselor Lindsey Roberts. Atcher has been a member of the Valley Creek Church League basketball program since he was four years old. All of this while being an active participant on the Trojan Basketball team. 

JTA Athletic Director Richard Rowland concurred wholeheartedly saying that “Nolte has been an excellent addition to JTA and Trojan Nation. You can always be certain that when he steps on the court, you're getting his all. He is a role model competitor on and off the court.

Atcher’s 8th Grade Math Teacher, Jamie Chaney, said that “Nolte is a very kind person who has proven to be a hard worker in the classroom as well.” Chaney went on to say about Atcher’s work ethic, “With math, in particular, he shows a strong drive to learn new concepts and is always determined to succeed academically.  Nolte is truly a wonderful student to have in class and will definitely be missed here at JTA next year.”

Atcher concluded by saying “ I love it here, and I’m glad to be a part of these great people, they were so welcoming, and they made my move very easy.”





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