Positive Attitude Nets Honor for Demchuck

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Positive Attitude Nets Honor for Demchuck


Clark, Jerry, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


When an award is won, the moment the honoree gets recognized is the culmination of a long road in which the defining moment may have come at the beginning of the journey.

Seneca Valley's Misha Demchuck earned the Pittsburgh Positive Athlete of Western Pennsylvania award for her positive attitude and work ethic in lacrosse, but it was a moment in soccer as a freshman when she learned what it takes to be a leader.

"It was the WPIAL semifinals against Canon-McMillan, and we were in double overtime," Demchuck said. "I was a freshman, and I was not in a place to say anything, so I went out and scored (the game- winning) goal."

From that point, Demchuck took a lead-by-example approach. She was a team captain for the girls soccer team and the girls lacrosse team this year.

Demchuck's lacrosse coach, Katie Smolter, nominated her for the award.

"Misha is a senior and a standout all-around player and person," Smolter said. "She is a positive person that goes well beyond the field. She is a captain, a role model and the ideal teammate."

The award, given each of the past two years by former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, is a movement to recognize high- character athletes in Western Pennsylvania and promote positive attitude in young athletes. …

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