Parrott selected ‘Student-Athlete of the Month’ for May at WHS

Post date: Jul 21, 2016 10:39:26 AM

In late June, Wells High School graduate Nick Parrott was picked by school administrators as the Student-Athlete of the Month for May 2016. This award is in recognition of his academics, sportsmanship-on and off the field-and excellence in the sport of ‘racewalking’ or ‘race walking’. This year Parrott was one of three race walkers participating on the WHS Boys Track and Field Team. Racewalking is unlike running in that one foot must appear to be completely on the ground at all times during competition.

In 2015, the Western Maine Conference ranked Parrott second in racewalking. On June 4th of this year, Parrott placed 2nd in the 1600mm racewalk at the State Class B track and field State championship held at Mount Desert Island High School. At the New Balance Nationals track meet in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 17th, Parrott finished 13th in the 1600mm racewalking competition.

Presenting a plaque to Parrott on June 15th was WHS Director of Student Activities Jack Molloy, Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate and John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency.

“He even taught us to speed walk (race walk)…,” said Moody-Maxon about herself, Molloy and Kreie when Parrott received his award from them. “There really is a lot of technical aspects of speed walking. You have to have a lot of discipline with your legs and foot placement. And you don’t realize how much of a sport and skill it truly is until you see it and learn the intricacies of the sport,” added Moody-Maxon.

“It’s great to know that people know what I am doing and appreciated,” said Parrott shortly after receiving the Athlete of the Month distinction. “It feels really good to be recognized by everyone.” Parrott also acknowledged his coaches, Jason Hludik and Robert Winn for their support. “He did a really good job this year,” said Hludik of Parrott’s racing accomplishments in 2016.

The son of Cheryl Figliolini and Francis Parrott, Nick Parrott plans to study Anthropology and International Relations at Brandeis University in the fall. Being interested in politics, he has the goal to become a U.S. ambassador someday. One of his favorite countries is the Dominican Republic. Later in June, he traveled there for a vacation and to do community service volunteering with a group in reforestation there.

The Student-Athlete of the Month award program at Wells High School is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate. The Student-Athlete of the Month Award has recognized student-athletes at WHS since 2007.

On the track between Wells High School and Wells Junior High School is (left to right) John C. Kreie, Nick Parrott, Jack Molloy and Pam Moody-Maxon