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Emily Bellon wins Senior Spirit Scholarship
By Jason W. Selby
Oct 11, 2013, 10:40

C.D. Kunzie, 1, and Ethan Horton bring down the Warriors quarterback in Friday nights game. Photo by Scott Schick
Emily Bellon is a busy young woman. She started courses at Indian Hills Community College as a junior in high school, works as a certified nursing assistant at the Corydon Nursing & Rehab Center, all while trying to enjoy her last year at Wayne and eagerly anticipating the start of basketball season. Needless to say, when Bellon won the $250 Senior Spirit Scholarship at this years Oktoberfest on Oct. 5, she was deserving of the honor.

High school band director Anne Jaeckel nominated Bellon for the award, and the board of directors at Ottumwas Oktoberfest reviewed the candidates and made the final decision. The prize is based upon grade point average, class rank, community activities, involvement with the music department and any other awards achieved by the student.

I feel honored, because it makes me feel like I actually am a valid, essential part of the music program, Bellon said.

She has a long, eclectic past with musical pursuits, going back to first grade, when she began taking piano lessons. Bellon still plays piano twice a month for St. Marys Catholic Church in Centerville, and has accompanied the high school choir. At piano contest, she has received first ratings. She played the French horn for concert band in junior high, has played first-line trumpet for marching band since her freshman year, as well as performing on base drum for the drum line. The Pride of Iowa Conference has selected Bellon three times as an all-conference trumpet player.

There are so many different kinds of music. You go from jazz to classical pieces. Its a way to express yourself.

Im in everything there is, Bellon joked. My dad played the trumpetI wanted to be like my dad. He got the state jazz soloist award. I wanted to outdo him.

Jay Bellon is Emilys father. Her mother, Heidi Bellon, is a secondary Spanish teacher at Wayne Community High School. Emily has a younger brother, Matt, who is in 8th grade. The family lives in Corydon.

I was taken aback to hear her name announced, her mother said, but I guess I wasnt surprised of her winning this award because of all that she has done in her high school career, both in and out of school. Shes a busy person, and were quite proud of her.

Bellon was a three-time all-conference softball player, before retiring from the sport to concentrate on work and school. Her goal is to get her RN after IHCC, to become a nurse. She had to take state testingin addition to passing the proper college coursesto become a certified nursing assistant for her current job, and wht 2 passes for 39 yards, and recorded a season-high 19 tackles on defense. Lain ran for 20 yards, Trent Carpenter 17 yards and Carson Kiefer 6 yards. Jamieson led the team with 77 yards on 2 catches and the long touchdown, Carpenter caught 3 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, and Ethan Horton caught 2 passes for 21 yards.

Horton also had a strong game on defense, recording 13 tackles. Evan Sinclair had 8 tackles, Tate Van Dyne 6 tackles including a sack, Lain and Carpenter 6 tackles, and C.D. Kunzie, in his first game back, 6 tackles. Blayde Baker notched 4 tackles and recovered a fumble. The Falcons will need to find an answer against the run, when they face another big matchup in their first playoff game at Murray on Wed., Oct. 30, in a rematch from earlier this season.

We talked after Murray that we have to learn how to play in big games, Elliott concluded. We definitely learned how to play in a big game after Friday night. This will give us great experience when we head back to Murray.

Though Wayne lost that 1st game, they did so without starting quarterback Lain and still kept the score close on the road. The Falcons have seen Murrays best and should be prepared. Murray, however, will be seeing starters Lain, Kunzie and Ridge Downard for the first time; they will be playing a different team. Though the Falcons did not come away with a win against HLV in old Saling Fields final game, they have shown they can compete and even dominate the big boys, at their best.

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