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CoGo's High School Sports Unsung Hero: Carrick's Justice Jones

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Carrick High School student-athlete Justice Jones was honored with the CoGo’s High School Sports Unsung Hero award Saturday at Carrick High School.

The CoGo’s High School Sports Unsung Hero award is presented to high school student-athletes and coaches who are dedicated to their sports and academics, but have not traditionally received the deserved attention.

Currently a sophomore, Jones is a member of both the football and wrestling teams.

Through his dedication to attending practices and doing well in school, football coach Ed White views Jones as a leader among his teammates through examples seen both on and off the field.

“He’s just a very hard worker,” says White, expanding on the idea that Jones’ leadership skills have continued to improve since his freshman year. 

Also an accomplished wrestler, Jones was a regional qualifier and held the best record, 14-9, among his ninth-grade class last year.

“I hear him talking to some of the younger wrestlers and he’s encouraging” says Carrick wrestling coach Lenny Orbovich. “Some of our guys who are ninth-graders now, I know he’s worked with them when he’s gone to club wrestling. Some of his teammates, some of the younger kids who aren’t necessarily as accomplished as he is, he takes time to work with them and encourage them and to push them as well.”

On top of his busy wrestling schedule, Jones attends weekend wrestling camps at the University of Pittsburgh to improve himself.

“He has definitely put some time into the sport outside of our team activities,” said Orbovich. “He was also working with a few other clubs in the area to try and get better.”

Jones’ accomplishments off of the field are just as impressive. A member of the high honor roll, Jones maintains a 4.5 grade point average.

“I think that Justice is just a pretty well-rounded kid” said Carrick principal Angel Washington. “So he is able to kind of determine what is important and what isn’t important and prioritize the work, so he is able to do everything that needs to be done.”

Jones wants to attend either Pitt or Penn State for engineering after graduation. He hopes to pursue his passion of playing football and wrestling while in college.

Jones is the son of Nakieda and Kenneth Jones.

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