SEATTLE and RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and KIRO Radio announced Makenna Thomas of Liberty High School as week two CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week. Makenna will be recognized on the field at CenturyLink Field during the October 7 game vs. the Los Angeles Rams.
Makenna, a sophomore and varsity cheer team member at Liberty High School, was selected Athlete of the Week based on her leadership through athletics, academics, and community action. She remains dedicated to these principals despite having to face unexpected and life-altering news. In February, Makenna was diagnosed with cancer of the spine and forced to stay home to complete school for the remainder of the year. Since then, with help from school counselors, tutors and teachers, Makenna was able to complete the school year with a 4.0 GPA. Though still recovering, Makenna continues to use her experiences as motivation to give back. She currently works with Seattle Children's Hospital to raise money for those in need. She was previously a member in her school's leadership class and volunteers at local food banks, the Boys and Girls Club and Lifewire, a local charity for domestic violence. Despite any medical setbacks, Makenna remains a valuable, reliable and inspiring member of Liberty High's varsity cheer team.
Each student athlete of the week will be recognized at his or her school in front of families, peers and teachers, as well as at a Seahawks game. Each winner will also receive a $1,000 grant to their school's Athletic Department from the Seahawks along with media recognition, tickets and sideline passes to a Seahawks game, a customized football, and a customized 2018 Seahawks jersey. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to high schools over the course of the season.
For more information and to nominate an outstanding student athlete, visit: http://www.seahawks.com/highschool