LCHS Athlete Lekisha Sanchez Receives Palmer Award
Lekisha Sanchez, a junior volley ball player at Lake County High School (LCHS) received the Nick Palmer Award at the Lake County High School Fall Sports Banquet held yesterday, November 11.Recipient of the Nick Palmer Award: Lekisha Sanchez (center), poses with the Palmer family (left to right) Jessie, Brad, Lekisha, Rachele, Dustin and in front Kylee and Nick.
This award is presented annually to an outstanding athlete that has demonstrated excellence in academics, shown leadership in their sport, classroom and community; sportsmanship on and off their respective field of play as well as devotion surrounding their sport. The award is named after Nick Palmer (see below), a LCHS graduate and football player. Palmer also served in the Marines and gave his life in service to our country, something that did not go unnoticed at last night’s awards banquet, which fell on Veterans Day.
“Lekisha was so impressive during the interview process of the candidates nominated for the award,” said Brad Palmer, who along with his son Dustin presented the award on Monday night. “The way she presented herself during the interview, her commitment to her sport, including paying for a special camp this summer out of her own pocket, led us to choose Lekisha for the award. She fit what Nick stood for.” In addition to volleyball, Sanchez also participates in soccer, basketball, and track and field – a stellar athlete!
Sanchez was one of five fall sports athletes nominated for the Nick Palmer Award. “We were given some time to meet with the athletes from each of the five fall sports who were nominated by their coaches,” stated Palmer who along with wife Rachele interviews the student athletes.
While it was noted that each one of the student athletes nominated had demonstrated these qualities, in the end it was Sanchez who rose to the top. Congratulations, Lekisha Sanchez!
The Fall Sports Banquet awarded many other citations and plaques to students athletes and Leadville Today will share those honors in a future report. . . stay tuned!
What is the Nick Palmer Award?
Nick Palmer graduated from LCHS in 2005 where he played football, exemplifying strong leadership qualities both on and off the field. After graduation, Nick joined the United States Marine Corps. He was killed in action December 16, 2006 while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. He was just 19 years old.
It was a former LCHS football coach who thought it would be honorable to begin a tradition to dedicate an athletic achievement award to an outstanding athlete that maintains the same dedication to their sport in which Nick exemplified within his sport. So in 2007 the Nick Palmer Award was created and Nick’s #53 jersey was retired during the homecoming halftime ceremony and remains on display in the LCHS foyer.
“As time goes on, those who knew Nick have left the halls of Lake County High School,” explained Rachele Palmer, Nick’s mother, “and new classmates will have the opportunity to know of Nick and his qualities through this award. So as each year passes and new nominations are made, there will be the need to pass on to those up and coming athletes what it is that has inspired the conception of this award.”