BEAVER TOWNSHIP — South Range senior cross country runner Emily Razo has been selected the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Steel Valley's Student Athlete of the Month.
Razo will attend the University of Akron where she will run cross country.
"Being a leader doesn't mean being the person who can talk the loudest or boss people around," said Razo in a news release. "Being a leader is about doing what you know you should be doing so others will follow.
"From being on the cross country team at South Range I’ve learned a lot about leadership," she said. "Being a leader on the team doesn’t have anything to do with speed and ability. It has everything to do with how someone carries themselves and their actions.
"I have loved being a part of the team, it has taught me to be durable when problems come my way."
Last summer, Razo needed physical therapy to overcome an injury. She returned to competition midseason, helping the Raiders qualify to the regional championship meet. There, she ran well enough to qualify for the state meet.
"When I got hurt in the beginning of the season, I wasn’t even sure if I’d even be able to get a good race let alone qualify for state," Razo said. "From that experience, I learned that you should never sell yourself short of what you think you can do and that you can accomplish anything as a team."
Of the FCA, she said, "Being a part of FCA is like being part of a team, we keep each other accountable while showing each other love and compassion with everyday problems.
"We learned about the different spiritual gifts from God that we can use everyday to be a light in people's lives and spread the word. I look forward to every Thursday morning because talking to this group of people before school just makes my day 10 times better."