PARKERSBURG - Wood County commissioners and representatives from the city of Parkersburg honored Vienna native Zak Boggs for his athletic and scholastic achievements during a ceremony Monday at the commission meeting.
Surrounded by his grandparents, parents, other family, friends, former coaches, trainers and his former Boy Scout leader, Boggs accepted a key to the city presented by Mayor Bob Newell and a resolution honoring him signed by the county commissioners.
Boggs signed a soccer ball for Jamie and Will Couch, sons of commission President Blair Couch. Coaches praised Boggs for his dedication and fortitude.
"I want to thank everyone for being here, and you have all played a role in my life. I couldn't be here today aspiring to be a role model without role models of my own and I appreciate all of you for that," Boggs said.
"Youth in a community grow up with examples and role models and sometimes we have someone come through who is exemplary and should be recognized. We get the privilege of honoring Zak Boggs today," Commissioner Wayne Dunn said.
Dunn said among Boggs' earliest achievements was being named champion of the West Virginia Marble Tournament in the sixth grade.
Dunn lauded Boggs' dedication and diligence, including maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Boggs grew up in Vienna and attended Parkersburg High School for three years.
He was All-State, and among other honors graduated from high school as a National Merit finalist. He completed high school in Florida. He attended West Virginia University his first year in college, the University of Central Florida, then transferred to University of South Florida. He was the first South Florida Student Athlete of the Year for the Big East.
He is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, an Eagle Scout, was nominated for the Sullivan Award, and received the 2010 Wooden Citizenship Cup given to college/professional athletes who have made the greatest positive impact.
Boggs received his undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences while maintaining his 4.0 grade point average. He is pursuing a master's in business economics.
He was selected in the second round of the Major League Soccer Superdraft by the New England Revolution.
He played soccer at PHS before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. He was named the 2003 West Virginia High School Coaches Players of the Year, twice earned all-state honors, and was recipient of the 2004 NCAA High School Scholar-Athlete recognition.
In addition to his academic and athletic achievements, he does community service work at a cancer center, art museum, and a children's hospital as well as tutoring.