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Organization honors two Channelview students for excellence in athletics, academics


Channelview High School’s Lauren Konecny and Emilio Rivera are not only outstanding athletes, their efforts also shine in the classroom and through community service.


Konecny, a two-year volleyball letterman, and Rivera, who is captain of the Falcon soccer team, were recognized as exceptional student-athletes by the Recycled Sports Items-Recycled Baseball Items organization and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at an awards luncheon recently. The two Channelview athletes were among several Greater Houston area students being honored for academic excellence and other contributions off the court or playing field.


“Whether it’s excelling in athletics, leading by example as remarkable students or giving of themselves to help others, we believe these students represent their communities well,” said Frank Galan, vice president of the RBI Foundation.


Konecny has been a Second Team All-District selection at middle blocker for the Lady Falcons for the past two seasons. Off the court, she is the secretary of the National Honor Society, Student Council vice president, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) president and a member of the National Technical Honor Society.


With graduation approaching in May, Konecny is narrowing her choices of colleges between the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Houston, Baylor University and Sam Houston State University. She said she plans to major in Kinesiology.


“Lauren was one of the leaders of our team and was always committed to excellence,” said Danielle James, Lady Falcons head coach. “She also approaches academics with that same type of dedication. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for her.”


Rivera, an All-District forward, is described by Falcon boys soccer coach Carlos Galuppo as an outstanding student and a “true leader.”


“Emilio is one of those players that sets an example for the rest,” Galuppo said. “Everything he does is to help the team. He motivates every teammate to pour their hearts out into every match and also carry that same philosophy into their academic studies.”


Rivera is also heavily involved in community service. He volunteers his time to different programs at his church and has organized annual holiday toy drives for those less fortunate. “He is always putting others before himself,” Galuppo said.


Rivera is still considering his options as to which college he will attend in the fall, but he does plan to major in mechanical engineering.


“We are extremely proud of Emilio and Lauren,” said Cindi Ollis, CHS principal. “They are talented, smart and set a good example for others to follow. They both have bright futures ahead of them.”