Archive for Thursday, March 2, 2000

A scholar athlete who makes hometown proud

March 2, 2000

Just days after DeSoto High concluded its football season, its star player was playing the lead in the school musical.

There's something special about Josh Goodin. Standout athlete. Gifted musical student. And a 3.89 grade-point average.

He is in the process of choosing a school no small task, considering he has been accepted to play football at all three military academies.

Still, to anyone outside of DeSoto, Josh Goodin is an unknown. You see, Goodin played on a football team that didn't win many games last fall. Just three, for anyone counting.

That, in itself, is another way of saying he languished in anonymity.

While Goodin was quietly putting together a solid senior season at DeSoto High, most of the attention went elsewhere. On a team thin in experience, Goodin stood out.

It was nice to see last week that Goodin's efforts and achievements didn't go unnoticed.

He was selected by the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association as one of 11 scholar athletes from the entire metro area.

Goodin was nominated by his coaches. A screening process by the coaches association narrowed the field. All of the high school seniors honored were standouts both on the field and in the classroom.

The GKCFCA is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors the annual football game each summer that pits the top seniors from Kansas and Missouri against each other. Proceeds from the game go toward a scholarship, which was awarded last week at a banquet in North Kansas City, Mo.

Goodin was one of 11 players honored at that banquet.

For Goodin to be mentioned among the top 11 is truly an incredible honor not only for himself and his school, but the entire DeSoto community.

There are many exceptional high school athletes in this area, not to mention plenty of fine students. Goodin is both. A student-athlete, in the truest form.

We salute Goodin. He has made DeSoto proud.

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