Athletes from Fitch High School and Jay Macejko were vistiors at the Feb. 6 meeting of the Rotary Club of Austintown, both bringing good news. Fitch sophomore Gabby Figueroa, who currently holds the number one sophomore hammer throw title in the state of Ohio, and 13th nationally, was introduced by Fitch track coach T.J. Konowski.
He also presented Jay Jakovina, a senior at Fitch, who holds the number one high jump title in Ohio. Both will compete at the national level in New York City on March 1-3 if private funds can be raised, as school funds are not allowed to be used. Rotarians passed the hat to help with their expenses, which was also done last year to help Alli Tolich.
The speaker for the day was Youngstown City Prosecutor Macejko, whose main focus was economic crimes such as bad checks, identity theft, and petty theft. He encouraged merchants and citizens to prosecute these crimes, especially bad checks, after proper notice is given and no action occurs. He also explained auto sweeps and checkpoints and their value in fighting crime.
Fitch track coach T.J. Konowski introduced Gabby Figueroa and Jay Jakovina to Austintown Rotarians. The Fitch athletes are both state champions who will be competing on the national level next month.
Deanna Spirko, Rotary Club of Austintown president, presented a library book in Macejko's honor to be placed in the library at Woodside Elementary School. She also mentioned that the local club had received an award for raising more than $1,200 a year in both 2010 and 2011 to eradicate world polio.