Student athlete sets an example for his peers
Marion-Franklin High School senior Josiah Frye, a Westside youth, signed a letter of intent to attend Kentucky State University on Feb. 1.
He is a fullback and linebacker for the Marion-Franklin football team and serves as a role model to his community.
Following the examples of older peers and his sibling, Joshua Frye, who attended Morehead State University, Frye said, “Leadership is defined as leading by example.”
Frye volunteers with the American Red Cross, the Community for New Directions Program as a camp counselor and has been a regular blood donor since age 16.
His experiences with friends and family members who have been diagnosed with Sickle-cell disease led him to donate blood regularly in effort to save lives.
Frye believes in paying it forward and identifies with the morals and faith set by Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos.
“It’s important to get stories like this out in the (community) especially for the Westside, because we only hear too often about the negativity,” said Victoria Frye, his mother.
His parents have been residents of the Westside for 25 years and his father, Randy Frye, is proud of the example set by his son.
“It’s a good opportunity for others to see that it’s not over in high school,” Randy said.
Frye plans to major in sports management and hopes to become a sports agent.
Frye attended Grove City Christian High School for his first two years of high school, where his football team went to the final four playoffs in his sophomore year.
This year will be Frye’s third visit to the final four playoffs.
Marion-Franklin set a city-wide record over the last three years by becoming the first school to achieve 26 consecutive City League wins.
“I come to the games expecting to win, so I prepare to win and carry that same philosophy through life,” Frye said.