Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Berkeley High School Athletics Hall of Fame Committee has announced the recipients of its first Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Seniors Jill Funk and Bryce Kunkle were each awarded $2,500 scholarships for their oustanding scholastic careers both in the classroom and on the field or court of play.
“As we finished each year with the the previous Hall of Fame classes we were ending up with a surplus of donated funds,” said BHSAHOF Chairman Lane Wofford. “We decided as a committee in 2013 to take those funds and incorporate them into a scholarship for one outstanding male and female athlete at Berkeley High School.”
According to Wofford, the funds for the scholarship are raised almost solely by the HOF golf tournament and any other monetary donations the Hall of Fame committee receives.
Wofford said there were no two more worthy student athletes than Funk and Kunkle.
“Both of these young people are the ideal student athletes as they have excelled in the classroom and on the field or court for the Stags,” Wofford said. “That is who this scholarship is for... the Berkeley students who are at the top academically and athletically.”
Kunkle is the Class of 2014 Valedictorian and Funk ranked in the top 20 of her class.
“On behalf of the committee, we are very pleased to award the first Hall of Fame scholarships to Jill and Bryce,” Wofford said.
Jill Funk will attend the University of South Carolina in the fall. She has lettered nine times over the course of her scholastic sports career between tennis and basketball.
Funk is the epitome of the hard-working student/athlete. There may be others on the court with more talent, but nobody works harder.
“I was very excited to know that my hard work had been noticed,” she said. “It can get difficult to try and keep up with my grades while playing sports, but it is worth it. I feel like I am letting myself down if I don’t put forth 100 percent effort in everything I do.”
Bryce Kunkle will attend Clemson and major in Engineering. He has lettered four times between football and baseball.
Kunkle’s talents run far and deep. An athlete and top-ranked student, Bryce can also play several instruments.
Who else can claim having a walk-up song in baseball as their own musical composition?
“While I’m going to Clemson to study Engineering, what I really want to be is a musician, or maybe get into politics,” he said. “I think it is a tremendous honor to be selected as the Hall of Fame’s first scholarship recipient. It’s very rewarding to see the hard work in the classroom and on the field pay off.”
The Hall of Fame Banquet to induct the third BHSAHOF class will be on Sept. 11 with the Class of 2014 being honored at halftime of the Cane Bay game on Friday night, Sept. 12, Wofford said.
For information about the banquet or to submit a nomination for Hall of Fame consideration email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lane Wofford at 899-2568.