Winners of the
Richard B. Yoder
High School Scholar-Athlete Award

Bryce De Muth, Olivia Paoletti & Bryce Lauletta

Bryce De Muth (lacrosse, Avon Grove High School), Olivia Paoletti (swimming, Avon Grove High School) and Bryce Lauletta (football andlacrosse, Downingtown East High School) are the 2nd annual recipients of the Richard B. Yoder High School Scholar-Athlete Award. Each will receive a $1000.00 scholarship for post-secondary education, each will be listed on the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame (CCSHOF) website, and each will receive honorary CCSHOF membership.

The awards will be presented by former NBA Official, Ed Rush, at the Yoder Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 2, 4:00-6:30 PM, at the West Chester Golf and Country Club. The Chester County Sports Hall of Fame (CCSHOF) established the Yoder Award to recognize a graduating female and male Chester County scholar-athlete who demonstrated the traits that defined the life and legacy of Richard B. Yoder. Mr. Yoder was a lifelong resident of Chester County, and exemplified what it meant to be a scholar-athlete. He excelled in academics and athletics at West Chester High School and West Chester State College (West Chester University); served his country in the United States Marine Corps; became a professor and athletic director at his alma mater; was an active member in his church and numerous civic organizations; and, was a two-term mayor in the Borough of West Chester.This year, we had so many excellent candidates for the award that we had to include a third.

Student scholar athletes were nominated by their home school for the 2nd annual Yoder Award, which is presented annually by the CCSHOF.

Jerry Schneider, former CCSHOF President, noted: “CCSHOF encourages excellence in academics, athletics and leadership. The Yoder Award is one way we can contribute to the community by recognizing and encouraging the best and the brightest among future generations of Chester County scholar-athletes. Dick would be very proud of these young people.”

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