GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - District 51 senior athletes were recognized for their talents and hard work in the field and in the classroom as they prepare to graduate.
The Grand Junction Lions Club awarded eight senior students for their academic and athletic accomplishments from surrounding school areas.
Among those students was Dylan Martinez, who will graduate Grand Junction High School with a 4.1 GPA and have taken home some state titles during his high school career.
Because of his drive and pursuit of excellence, his coaches chose him to be one of the few students honored for their hard work.
"Dylan everything he engages in --he holds himself to the highest standard and he won't settle for anything less than the goal he's laid down," said Cole Addison, Dylan's Wrestling Coach.
As Dylan prepares to graduate he leaves his legacy at GJHS before he enters the Air Force Academy, where he can continue to use his perseverance and leadership skills he learned on the mat and field.
"I think serving my country and being able to get a great education and also compete at the division 1 level...I think all three of them being able to line up is no better place for me," said Martinez.
Each award recipient is rewarded with a plaque and a $250 check where they can select a non-profit organization to donate to.
Martinez chose to donate his check to the D51 foundation.