Kahley receives award

Local boy honored as inaugural ‘Spirit of Kishacoquillas’

Sentinel photo by SYDNEY CROSSON
Spencer Kahley, a senior at Mifflin County High School, was presented Friday with the inaugural ‘Spirit of Kishacoquillas’ award.

LEWISTOWN — Spencer Kahley, senior at Mifflin County High School, received the inaugural Spirit of Kishacoquillas Award on Friday. The name of the award itself derives from the Shawnee leader, Chief Kishacoquillas. In order to keep his name and spirit of Kish High School alive, this award was created.

The Spirit of Kishacoquillas award was exceptionally fitting for him. The criteria of the award was to write an essay or record a 90-second video explaining how those seeking the award exemplify the spirit of Kishacoquillas. The four pillars of the award were community service, volunteerism, environmental protection and other acts of service.

Kahley is the secretary of National Honor Society, a member of Key Club and is actively engaged within the community. He is heavily involved with his church where he has helped with supply drives and trash cleanups for 10 years. As of the past two years, Santa’s Bookbag is an event that Kahley says he especially enjoys and notes that he loves the idea behind it — the promotion of literacy.

“No matter how small an effort is, it can lead to a big difference,” Kahley said.

Kahley was “extremely honored” to receive this award, among other scholarships and awards he has gotten. He was “not expecting the plaque” and to have been awarded the Spirit of Kishacoquillas “meant a lot.”

“Most of my family has been in the Kish area and I was happy to have been chosen to represent them with the inaugural award,” Kahley said.

As a rising freshman pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in statistics at Slippery Rock University, he hopes to take his degree to the sports industry and notes that STEM is “extremely marketable.”

Kahley said he’d like to give special thanks to math teachers Andrew Ahearn and Sonya Riden, guidance counselor Bridget Kennington, history teacher Cole Carter, Jessy Espigh, and his family.

“Without this special group of people, I would not be in the position I am today,” he said.