WAND Sports introduces a brand new segment, Athlete of the Week presented by Midwest Technical Institute!

Each week, sports director Gordon Voit, Mark Pearson and Orlando Toatley put the spotlight on a local high school athlete who is excelling as a student and community member as well!

To submit a student-athlete's name, please send a detailed list of his/her accolades to Gordon Voit on Facebook or via email at Gordon.Voit@wandtv.com.

Week 1: Jeffery Wells (MacArthur football)

Week 2: Jackson Hogan (St. Teresa football)

Week 3: Markesha Jackson (Eisenhower basketball/track)

Week 4: Jeske Maples (Central A&M football)

Week 5: Aiden Seider (Eisenhower football)

Week 6: Kate Jeffers (Okaw Valley volleyball) 

Week 7: Edgar Onate (St. Teresa soccer)

Week 8: Grant Ripperda (Wiliamsville football)

Week 9: Wade Jostes (Maroa-Forsyth football)

Week 10: Sage Davis (Mt. Zion football)

Week 11: Jonah Lauff (Pana football)

Week 12: Brittney Oakley (Warrensburg-Latham track & field)

Week 13: Tyler Estes (Glenwood football)

Week 14: R.J. Walker (Eisenhower basketball)

Week 15: Bernie Roach

Week 16: Decatur Christian Starting Five

Week 17: Jason Pealer

This week, basketball stand out Jason Pealer earned Athlete of the Week honors.

Pealer transferred to Decatur LSA from MacArthur and he's had an immediate impact.

Pealer leads the Lions in scoring, rebounding and assists.

In addition to on the court, he gets it done off the court.

Pealer is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

He also volunteered at the Decatur Civic Center during Thanksgiving and helps his dad with landscaping.

It's Pealer's humility that sticks out every time you talk to the young man.

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