Teen of the Week Chase Sevic is a leader in the classroom, on the athletic field and in his church.
The Mayfield High School senior who describes himself as dependable, trustworthy and hardworking, leads his classmates by example with a strong work ethic and as an exemplary role model. Sevic, who teachers call a well-rounded model student, has balanced a tough academic courseload with the heavy time commitment associated with two varsity sports.
"I've been playing sports since I was able to hold a bat and throw a ball," he said.
Sevic, son of David and Allison Sevic, is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. Each Monday, the Sun features a different teen selected from nominees submitted to the Sun by guidance counselors throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois. Mid-Continent University will provide each Teen of the Week with a $2,500 annual scholarship to its university, which is renewable for four years.
Later this spring, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners. The Teen of the Year is eligible for a full four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent or a cash award of $2,500, paid through the Paducah Sun, if the student selects another college.
Sevic has played four years of football and baseball, serving as the captain in both sports during his senior year. He is the recipient of all-state honorable mention, most valuable player, sportsmanship and player of the week awards in both sports. Sevic listed the sportsmanship awards as the recognition he is most proud of because it signifies his moral character in the heat of competition.
Sevic lists some of his favorite high school moments as time spent on the football field with his teammates working toward one of the school's many state championships. He said winning this year as senior captain tops the list because of the hard work he put into his role on a daily basis.
"From freshman year when I didn't get off the bench to this year as captain and leading the team each year has been memorable," he said. "I remember every play."
He serves as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, vice president of the Sportsman's Club, treasurer of the Future Business Leaders of America Club, member of the Science Club and Beta Club.
"The leadership positions taught me how to lead by example and encourage and push people to their potential in a positive way," he said.
Outside of school, he gives back to the community through several organizations, totaling about 400 hours of service throughout high school. Sevic also gives back through leadership in the youth group at High Point Baptist Church in Mayfield.
Sevic has collected donations through the March of Dimes and the Mayfield Salvation Army and given time to the Polar Plunge, Light House Ministries, Shop with a Cop, Dribble with Dad and Fun with Chemistry Enrichment through the elementary school. He listed his participation in the community flood relief in Ballard County as his most valuable service.
"It felt so good to see the looks on people's faces when their houses were still there and to know you had a hand in helping them," he said.
Sevic also works part time as a scoreboard operator at Mayfield Middle School and as a farm hand over the summers. Last summer, he was selected to participate in the historical analysis and alternative history Governor's Scholar program at Morehead State University.
"It was the best five weeks on my life," he said. "I learned about so many different people outside my comfort zone."
The 4.0 grade-point average student, who ranks first in his class at Mayfield while taking a courseload with seven advanced placement classes, lists his favorite class as history. He has received many outstanding and star student awards throughout his high school career.
Sevic plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in middle secondary education for a future career as a high school history teacher. Sevic said he isn't too concerned with the transition to college but more about the challenging upperclassman years in college.
"I've loved high school but I'm definitely ready to start a new chapter," he said.
Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.
Teen of the Week
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