Rockford High School senior Kimberly Weston was named as one of three recipients of the Dan Nameth Award at the 54th annual West Michigan Officials Association (WMOA) banquet held Monday, March 26 at the Grandville Banquet and Conference Center. Joining Weston as honorees were seniors Gabe Dean and Thacker Hisey, from Lowell and Caledonia respectively.
Award winners are chosen based on their sportsmanship, athletic ability, academic achievements and community involvement. Weston was the lone area female recipient and is proud that the award is indicative of not only athletic endeavors, but the total package as well.
“This means a lot to me because, as a point guard, we’re not noticed right away and it doesn’t always show in the stats, so to be recognized for what I do outside of the gym means a lot,” Weston said. “I try and involve myself in as much as I can in the classroom and the community, and so having this honor and being here tonight was huge—just representing Rockford in something other than athletics.”
Weston will receive two $500 scholarships as a result of the honor. The first is from the WMOA, and the second from the family of Nameth (former area official and coach who passed away while officiating a game several decades ago).
Weston will continue her basketball career at Davenport University next year. She was named this year as a second-time member of the OK Red All Conference team, Class A Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All State honorable mention, Academic All State and one of the top 20 freethrow shooters in the state by the BCAM.
“This was really a great honor for Kimberly to receive,” said Rockford basketball Coach Jessica Yonkers. “She exemplifies the qualities of a true student-athlete.”