Newcomerstown High School students Kelsie Hinds and Coy Johns have been selected to receive the Ohio High School Association's prestigious Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award.

The award, name for two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, is presented each year to a male and female student who have been outstanding in their efforts to promote sportsmanship in their school and community.

Hinds was Newcomerstown High's "Tommy the Trojan" mascot and played on the girls' basketball team as a junior just so the girls would be able to field a JV team; and Johns, an all IVC football player and model student leader, have displayed the characteristics for which this award was designed.

The Newcomerstown Schools also recognized Quinton McCune and McKaila Goodwin for earning the Ohio High School Athletic Association National Award of Excellence certificate. This certificate recognizes outstanding sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.

"The National Federation of State High School Associations is committed to providing young people with opportunities to develop into productive citizens," Robert B. Gardner, executive director of the NFHS, said. "Our mission is to teach high school students the spirit of sport and as a result make a positive difference in their lives and in our communities."

These two individuals are hard workers, good citizens in the community and great students in the classroom. Their ethics and integrity are second to none and have always showed great teamwork and sportsmanship throughout their four years at Newcomerstown High School.