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Roberts wins Michael C. Wallace Award


Joseph "Joey" Roberts, son of Tim and Tony Roberts, was the recipient of the Michael C. Wallace Award at the Woodford County High School Senior Class Night awards program on May 15. The award is given to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the outstanding qualities of scholastics, athletics and leadership. Lt. Michael C. Wallace, oldest son of Jack and Carolyn Wallace, brother of Meg and Matthew, died at the age of 26 in August 1987 of acute leukemia while serving in the U.S. Navy. His family gives the award each year in his memory. Wallace was a 1979 graduate of Woodford County High School and commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy upon graduation with the class of 1983 of the United States Naval Academy. Joey was an outstanding wrestler while at WCHS. He was the 2017 State Champion of his class weight, a four-year varsity letterman, a four-time state placer, a three-year captain of the wrestling team, 2015 "most pins" award, a four-time All American and received the Todd Gordon Award in 2015. Roberts's leadership roles included Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bike Club, a volunteer at Special Olympics and a volunteer coach at Coach Carr's Wrestling Academy. One teacher described Joey as "smart, so funny, and personable all the time. He is the whole package." Another teacher described Joey with one word, "perseverance." Roberts plans to join the Air Force after graduation and apply to Officers Training School. Pam Duncan, a teacher at WCHS, presented the award, a silver Revere Bowl, to Joey. His name will be added to the plaque that hangs in the "Michael C. Wallace Memorial Library"/WCHS Library at WCHS.

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