At the awards ceremony for the Auburn High School graduating class of 1978 an elderly gentleman was asked to present the award for the “Most Outstanding Athlete.” (Well, to us high school seniors he seemed elderly. It’s quite possible he was only in his fifties.)
When he took the stage he said, “Would Becky Sturtz please come up and help me present this award. I’m always seeing her name in the sports page.”
Becky, who had been very active in athletics through her high school career came up and stood next to the presenter. As he described the accomplishments of the “Athlete of the Year” without naming the star, Becky could be seen scanning the audience trying to figure out who he was talking about. He told about the winner’s achievements and leadership on the basketball court, baseball diamond, and in academics. Becky still couldn’t figure out who he was describing. When the suspense was at its peak the “elderly” gentleman uncovered the name on the trophy and asked Becky to read it.
She looked down and was surprised to find it engraved: BECKY STURTZ. She was so modest that she never considered that he could be describing her.
Becky now teaches at Auburn High, where she was the Star Athlete of the Class of the class of 1978, without the ego to match.
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