Standout Athlete and CCP Scholar Leah Springer is Hometown Flash Award Winner

Marlington Dukes’ star forward Leah Springer knows what it means to give back to her hometown. And, for this basketball standout, “giving back” is more than just a few words, it’s a way of life.

That’s why this stellar scholar athlete, who has volunteered since childhood, was named the winner of Kent State University at Stark’s Hometown Flash Award at the virtual 2020 Best of Stark Preps.

Leah SpringerWhen asked about Springer’s accomplishments, Mike Stadulis, head coach of Marlington High School’s girls basketball team, pointed out the list is seemingly endless – ranging from varsity letters in basketball, volleyball and softball, to numerous district honors and academic achievements, including National Honor Society. This year, Springer also received the basketball team’s “Whatever it takes” award. 

But her work doesn’t end there. In the community, she serves in the church nursery at First Friends Church, volunteers for the Alliance City Backpack Giveaway and was named a Washington Ruritan Rising Senior. That’s just to name a few.

“We are pleased to present Leah Springer with the Hometown Flash Award,” said Denise A. Seachrist, Ph.D., dean and chief administrative officer at Kent State University at Stark. “This Hometown Flash has done what it takes to excel on and off the court. Leah has balanced rigorous academics; earning college credits through our College Credit Plus (CCP) program, and is a proven leader in her hometown.”

Springer was one of the numerous area high school students taking part in the popular program, which introduces students to the transformational power of higher education. This fall, the CCP program at Kent State Stark will enroll more local students.

Springer said she is honored to receive the Hometown Flash Award and plans to continue to give back to her community. 

“I’ve always known it was a good thing, to give back to others and give back to your community whenever you can,” she said.

She’s learned that lesson from her family, including her parents Scott and Kim Springer. “My parents have always taught me to give back. No matter where we go off in life, we should always remember where we came from. I’m proud to call Alliance my hometown.” 

Home and away, Kent State Stark provides students with the keys to drive their collegiate journey and make it their own. That’s thanks to an affordable, world-class education right in Stark County. 

For more than 70 years, that has been the goal of Kent State Stark – Your Hometown University – providing the community with the education necessary to meet their dreams head-on. 

“We work to change lives through the education we provide,” said Seachrist. “During these unprecedented times, we offer students a safe, affordable and quality option. Our credits seamlessly transfer to other universities; something to keep in mind as students are considering their hometown options for the upcoming year – and beyond.”

POSTED: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 10:23am
UPDATED: Monday, June 29, 2020 - 10:48am
Melissa Griffy Seeton