So much of what it takes to win in today’s world — and each of us has an individual concept of what winning means — can be learned from the playing field. This was again the lesson as the Ashe Post & Times co-hosted the Mountain Times Publications Best of Preps Student-Athlete Awards on June 2.

Honored at this event were athletes chosen not only for their superior performance on the field, but for their accomplishments in the classroom and their communities.

Each of the nominees at the event, including Ashe County’s Samantha Woods’ outstanding win as Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year, were chosen based on recommendations from their coaches, their stellar grade-point averages and their involvement in giving back to the community.

They all also exhibited five traits that keynote speaker and former Ashe County High and Watauga County High athletic director and boys’ basketball coach Marc Payne highlighted:

1. Treating every day as a job interview.

2. Staying in your own lane.

3. Under-promising and over-delivering.

4. Not being above the job.

5. Focusing on the positive.

As far as lists go, that’s an inclusive one for winning on the field. And, as each of our student-athletes demonstrated, one for winning off the field, also — no matter how you define it.

We at Ashe Post & Times extend our congratulations to all of our student-athlete nominees across the High Country. You deserve it.

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