LCHS Athlete Trevor Kerrigan Receives Palmer Award
“Trevor is a true leader on and off the football field and has demonstrated time and time again that there is no substitute for toughness, dedication, and hard work,” said Lake County High School Football Cody Jump in his nomination of Trevor Kerrigan for the Nick Palmer Award at the Lake County High School Fall Sports Banquet held November 18.
“Since the very beginning of the year he has put every ounce of himself into every single drill in practice and every play in games; never once making an excuse for an error and responding to every correction and coaching point with a heart-felt, ‘yes, Coach,'” Coach Jump continued.
The Nick Palmer 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 the country.
“As always, it is our pleasure to meet these athletes during our interview process. We are continually amazed at the quality these individuals display and how they represent the positive nature of what Leadville has to offer to the world; it says a lot,” said Rachele Palmer (nick’s Mom), who presented the award with her husband Brad.
Kerrigan was one of five fall sports athletes nominated for the Nick Palmer Award. While it was noted that each one of the student athletes nominated had demonstrated these qualities, in the end it was Kerrigan who rose to the top. Congratulations, Trevor Kerrigan!
Congratulations to all the student athletes who were awarded many other citations and plaques at the LCHS Fall Sports Banquet!
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.”