GC boy jumps for title

 Nathan Howard got first place in the standing long jump at a track and field competition in Grove City. He will now represent the city at the Hershey Track and Field North American Final meet in Hershey, Pa.

Nathan Howard will represent Grove City at the Hershey Track and Field North American Final meet in Hershey, Pa., on  Aug. 4.

Nathan, a 13-year-old Grove City resident who attends Grove City Christian School, will compete in the standing long jump.

Howard qualified for the North American Finals by placing first in the standing long jump at both the local event hosted by the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department and the state competition held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.

The North American Final Meet is not just what happens on the track or in the field. Finalists, who arrive in Hershey on  Aug. 2, have the opportunity to meet people from across the United States and Canada, and participate in a variety of activities. These activities include a tour of the Hershey Chocolate plant, a trip to the HERSHEYPARK Entertainment Complex and a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World. All trip expenses are paid for by the event organizer, the Hershey Company.

Howard is an all-around athlete who also enjoys basketball and football. When not playing sports, he likes to volunteer at Grove City Christian Child Care Center, to play video games and the drums, and to spend time with his pets. He is active in his church youth group and praise band at Crossroads Community Church. Howard’s parents, Steve and Sherrie, and sister Kelsey are all proud of his accomplishments on and off the field.

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