NEWS RELEASE: North Hardin Cross Country Up-and-Comer Named Student Athlete of the Month

Vicente Garcia pictured here with sponsor Rick Skeeters

VINE GROVE, KY- J.T. Alton 7th Grader Vicente Garcia, in his first year as an eligible High School athlete is already making a name for himself in two arenas of competition. As a Cross Country Runner for NHHS, Garcia placed in the top of his age group at the KHSAA State Meet, making him a de-facto Middle School State Champion. He set a Personal Record at the Region Cross Country Meet in Bowling Green this year with a time on 17:59, helping his team qualify for the State Meet, where he was the top 7th Grader, and top Middle Schooler in Class AAA with a time of 18:38. 

Alton Athletic Director Richard Rowland said the choice for nomination this month was made easy by Garcia's achievements on the cross country course. “Vicente’s a great student, he’s a great friend to his peers, he’s a fun kid to be around, and on top of all that, he’s the top middle school runner in the state. This month for me was more of a question of how could I not put him up for this, than who was I going to.”

NH Freshman Cross Country teammate and former Alton Student-Athlete of the Year Gabe Russell says that “He meshes with the team very well. He was able to come in after soccer; and after a week of practice with him, it was like he was always there. I know he’ll always give his best for the team no matter how inconvenient it is for him.”

Garcia’s 6th Grade Writing Teacher Michelle Patrick said that “Vicente is a never-ending supply of high energy and amusement. He is one of the most charismatic kids who stands out above the crowd.” Patrick went on to say that “From his elaborate self-created hydro flask Halloween costume, to his propensity for the dramatic, Vicente is a one-of-a-kind student and person who is a pleasure to know.” 

Also this year Garcia was able to compete for the first time with the NH Trojan Soccer program on the JV level, after playing soccer since he was six years old. Garcia played in just over twenty JV Soccer games for the Trojans this season, collecting just under five assists as a starting Midfielder. In addition to that, he ran in five regular-season Cross Country meets with two in the postseason, all 5K’s. This spring, he is going to try his hand on the tennis court with North Hardin. As Rowland put it, “The kid can flat out run.”

Vicente’s talents are not limited to the athletic field, as a 6th Grader he was on the A/B Honor Roll, and if he maintains will be on the All A Honor Roll this year. Also, Garcia is a second-year Clarinet player in our Symphonic Band, Alton’s top school band where membership is based on talent and merit alone. Band Director Byron Witham says “Vicente is a great kid, a pleasure to have in class, and a very talented clarinet player, he’s definitely got a bright future in band.” 

Garcia’s 7th Grade Language Arts teacher Lindsey Mckenzie says that “Vicente holds himself to high standards when it comes to his work ethic and grades,” McKenzie went on to say that “He strives to be the best. His competitive nature is welcome in his classes as he sets the threshold for other students to follow his lead.”

JTA Counselor Mark Roberts said that “Vicente is a passionate and determined student...Vicente is a truly profound thinker that analyzes people, actions, thoughts, and life on a much deeper level than just the surface.”  

Rowland concluded by saying that “Even though Vicente is a 7th Grader, every interaction I’ve had with him has been positive, his teachers like him, his peers like him, and he’s got the athletic ability to compete on the state level as a 13-year-old. That alone is impressive, Vicente’s got one bright future ahead of him.”


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