Ohio National Guard presents Scholar Athlete awards to GHS students. (L-R) Mr. Stan Hughes, Carmen Badell, Staff Sgt. Keller and Jack Marchal. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville’s Badell and Marchal receive ONG Scholar Athlete Awards

Ohio National Guard honors two Greenville Senior High School Student Athletes

GREENVILLE – Greenville High School seniors, Carmen Badell and Jack Marchal were honored as Scholar Athletes at halftime of the Green Wave’s home football game by the US Army’s Ohio National Guard.

Staff Sgt. Keller made the halftime presentations to Badell and Marchal with each recipient having their names placed on a plaque given to GHS and accepted by Greenville Senior High School Principal, Mr. Stan Hughes.

“We are presenting two Greenville High School scholar athletes for their on and off the field values we hold within the Army,” said Staff Sgt. Keller. “Those values are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. They have shown throughout the classroom and through their athletic accomplishments that they are deserving of this award.”

“Sergeant Keller approached me to see if we could start a scholar athlete program at Greenville High School where we would recognize someone from each of the seasons that we have scholar athletes,” Hughes stated. “Anytime we get a chance to recognize our great kids, we are going to do that – that’s a given.”

“Secondly, Sgt. Keller has the seven values of the National Guard and he starts ticking them off for me and he tells me all of those wonderful things – and we have plenty of kids that fit that.”

“Mr. Shaffer (Greenville Athletic Director) and I got together and said – ‘who do we want to pick.’ He had a couple students in mind and we had the same two kids in mind – Jack Marchal and Carmen Badell.”

Marchal is a member of the Greenville varsity boy’s golf team and Badell plays for the Lady Wave varsity volleyball team. The two GHS seniors each received an Ohio National Guard camouflaged backpack.

“We gave them the names and now Sgt. Keller is here to recognize our great kids for doing really great things, being great leaders, great academicians and great athletes in our building,” Hughes said.  “It’s a wonderful thing to see our kids be recognized for the good things they do.”

GHS Principal, Mr. Stan Hughes congratulates Carmen Badell for receiving the ONG Scholar Athlete award. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Staff Sgt. Keller congratulates Jack Marchal for receiving the ONG Scholar Athlete award. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Carmen Badell and Jack Marchal receive Ohio National Guard camouflaged backpack to go along with their Scholar Athlete awards. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ohio National Guard camouflaged backpacks GHS Scholar Athletes, Badell and Marchal received Friday night. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Carmen Badell and Jack Marchal leave the field after receiving Scholar Athlete awards from the Ohio National Guard. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.


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