Coed Varsity Track · Spring Sports Senior Spotlight: Ariel Velligan


The COVID-19 pandemic has had great impact throughout the world in the last six months.  Locally, in addition to the obvious health affects that this virus has caused for so many people that have either gotten sick and some have died, the stay at home orders have had significant affects on everyone.  One of these things is the loss of the Spring Sports season.  This has impacted so many, from professional sports, the collegiate level, high school and middle schools, all the way down to the recreational level.  While so many have been affected, it is especially disappointing for the Class of 2020 who have lost their final HS season to compete for their school, enjoy their sport with their friends, and have the opportunity to impact others and grow themselves.  Because the Spring Sports seniors will not have the opportunity to be honored at a Senior Night for their respective sport this season, the Athletic Department will honor one senior from a Spring Covenant athletic team each day to honor them for their time as a CCHS athlete.

Today’s Senior Spotlight is Ariel Velligan.  Ariel has been a member of the Track & Field team for four years.  Here is Ariel’s senior biography:

Parents: Kim & Greg Velligan

Career Track Highlight(s): Placing 8th in the High Jump at the Indoor State Meet in 2019

Favorite Sports Memory: Improving my skills with Wildman’s and Shorter’s help, Under the lights meets, & team bonding with new people at long meets

Other Activities: Cross Country

Favorite Class: Advanced Wellness

Future Aspirations: Study Marine Biology and Conservation at Nova Southeastern University

Favorite Bible Verse/Quote: James 1:5 — ” If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (ESV)

Final Word: You deserve the biggest of thanks from me. You have coached me for four years, through cross country and track. The fact that I participated all through high school without you cutting me is incredible. I know at times, especially in cross country, I didn’t put the effort in that was expected. With that being said, through all the let downs I led you through, you and Shorter still encouraged me to improve. My Junior year I really began to take that to heart and appreciate it. So I just wanted to thank you for continually giving me confidence in my abilities, and dealing with all of the crap I put you through in practice. I hope it at least brings a laugh now. With my Senior season ending before it even started, it really laid heavy on my heart. You had hopes for me to break the record and unfortunately I didn’t get there. Though this was all disappointing, I am so beyond thankful for the time I did get to participate and have you and Shorter encouraging me every step of the way, no matter how frustrated I made you guys haha. You not only as a coach, but a teacher and mentor have expanded my perspective, and showed me how a teenager should mature and grow up. The life and spiritual lessons you have taught me and embodied will be examples that I will take through life. As sad as it is that track is over, I have come away from this experience mature and prepared, all because of you. With that being said, I would like to thank you again for being one of the most formative influences on my spiritual life and academic life. Thank you. 🙂

 

Ariel Velligan competes in the long jump at Hagerstown HS, May, 2019. Photo courtesy of McIntyre Imaging.

 

Ariel Velligan placed 8th in the High Jump in the Hoosier State Relay Indoor State Meet in March, 2019. Photo courtesy of Andy Gossel.