"Skills for Life" Award at Beaufort High Football Banquet - Dataw Island
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"Skills for Life" Award at Beaufort High Football Banquet
Beaufort, SC -- Beaufort High School Football gathered for their Annual Banquet on Dataw Island to celebrate
Stefan Wechsler wins “Jonathan Peck Skills for Life” award

Beaufort High School Football gathered for their Annual Banquet on Dataw Island to celebrate a great season, in which they won the regional championship. Although the entire team worked hard for these wins, one team member, Stefan Wechsler, was additionally recognized as this year’s recipient of the “Jonathan Peck Skills for Life” award. The award honored Weschler’s achievements both academically and socially, recognizing his positive attitude, perseverance and academic achievement (4.35 GPA).

Two hundred and fifty BHS players, coaches, school administrators, families, and Dataw Island members gathered in the Carolina Ballroom for a banquet and dinner sponsored by Dataw Island members. The private gated community and Beaufort High School Athletics have a special connection – many members enjoy supporting our local student athletes, attend games to cheer on their home crowd, and offer their support to these students. Each spring, the members pool resources to host the BHS Football Banquet.

Dataw Island member and football supporter Marilyn Peck congratulated the student athletes on an excellent season and, after spending time at her grandson’s football games, has a new-found appreciation for parents with football kids. “It’s a lot of hard work having a child in football. Making sure you get them to practice on time, eating right, et cetera. It’s really hard!” She is also very proud of this team holding a collective GPA of 3.57.
Every year, Peck encourages players through a poem that was one of her husband’s favorites, “Invictus,” by William Ernest Henley.

Peck’s late husband, Jonathan Peck, was also an avid football supporter and in his honor, the Jonathan Peck Skills for Life Award is given every year. The Award recognizes an outstanding student athlete who exemplifies the traits that Jon Peck held dear, on and off the field: a positive attitude, ability to get along with everyone, spirituality, appearance, communication skills, and having a plan for improving themselves in academics and in life.
Stefan Wechsler, the 2020 winner of the Jonathan Peck Skills for Life Award, is an exceptional young man who is very invested in his future.

Congratulations, Stefan, for winning this prestigious award!

Article by: Holly Mason
Photos by: Andrea Fabian 

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