ASHEBORO - Despite the Randolph Sports Council annual banquet being cancelled, two Asheboro High School student-athletes are still being recognized as recipients of the Unsung Hero Award. Asheboro City Schools wishes to publicly extend special congratulations to seniors Yu Chen and Maggie Allred.
Chen is a three time wrestling regional qualifier and two time fifth-place finisher at regional competitions. He has earned all-conference honors all three years he’s been wrestling. In addition to athletics, Chen has excelled in other extracurricular including being a four-year member of DECA, Key Club, National Honors Society. He serves as the Public Relations Officer for Junior Civitan, is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, and volunteers at the our local Salvation Army. With a grade point average (GPA) of 4.42, Chen plans to attend North Carolina State University in the fall.
A member of the Asheboro High School faculty had this to say about Chen:
“I have known Yu Chen for the last four years in my capacity as a teacher and coach at Asheboro High School. Yu has committed himself to the AHS Wrestling program for the last four years while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Yu’s commitment, incredible work ethic, and leadership have never gone unnoticed by his teammates or coaches. Yu has always put his team before himself in wanting to support others around him, and he willingly sacrifices his time and effort for the good of others. Yu has been committed to always give more than he takes. Yu Chen definitely fits the mold for this year’s Randolph Sports Council unsung hero!”
Allred earns the Randolph Sports Council Unsung Hero award for her participation in Blue Comet basketball and softball. She’s played junior varsity and varsity basketball and softball all four years at Asheboro High School. She is also a member of the National Honors Society and serves on the school’s Prom Committee. In addition to athletics and service to her school, Allred works a part time job at a local establishment and she is currently a nominee for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Allred is eagerly waiting to hear from UNC-Chapel Hill, her first choice, where she plans to pursue a pre-med degree.
Allred’s softball coach had this to say about her:
“I have been fortunate enough to coach Maggie in softball for the past four years. Maggie has been an exceptional example of a student-athlete. She brings a positive attitude and great sense of humor to our softball team, and I know I can count on her to lead by example on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Maggie strives to get better every day, and she has been an integral part of our team’s success since she joined our program. She has spent her high school career modeling what it means to be an Unsung Hero.”
Randolph Sports Council
The Randolph Sports Council is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2016. The organization recognizes student-athletes in Randolph County and fundraises in order to provide scholarships and financial assistance for college-bound students.