Mark Waid has been the talk of the town in Girard these days.
He was recently named 1st Team All State and Trumbull County Player of the Year.
Waid has the Indians just one win away from a state title on Saturday but you probably don’t know how good of a student he is the classroom. For that reason, Mark is our “33 Student Athlete of the Week.”
“I’m really competitive about everything,” Waid said. “Ask my sisters. There’s been so many fights, just due to the competitiveness but I think it comes from being told how I can’t do this or I can’t do that my entire life. I’ve always faced doubters.”
Every so often, a player comes along like Mark Waid. He’s physically gifted at 6’3″ tall, 215 pounds, with a cannon for an arm.
Four years ago, he came to Girard as an unproven freshman. Now he’s one of the top five passers in Ohio high school history.
“I’ve come a long way since my freshman year and that’s because of my coaching staff,” Waid said. “The amount of effort and time they’ve put in with me, practicing and pushing me to be the player I am today.”
Mark’s career numbers are off the charts, with over 11,000 yards passing and over 180 total touchdowns. He holds every major passing record in Trumbull County history and has his team just one win away from their first-ever state championship.
“Ever since we were little, we dreamed about going to the state championship,” Waid said. “Now that our dream is finally here, it just goes to show if you dedicate your life to something, and you really push for it and don’t let the distractions deter you of your end goal, you can accomplish anything.”
Off the field, Mark is just as competitive. He carries a 3.8 GPA and is president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Girard. Not to mention, he’s put in over 200 community service hours.
“Like my mom always says, in student athlete, the student comes first,” Waid said. “So if I don’t maintain an As and Bs average and if I don’t do good in school, my mom tells me I can’t play football. So that’s motivation in itself.”