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) 

Kate Jeffers excels in everything she does. Not only does Kate lead the area in kills in volleyball she also participates at the varsity level for Okaw Valley High School basketball and softball teams.


+ Currently ranked No. 1 in her class with a 4.17 GPA out of 4.0 due to weighted and dual credit classes. She has accumulated 32 dual credit hours via classes from Lake Land and EIU. When she graduates from high school she will be a college sophomore.

+ National Honor Society

+ Student Council President

+ OV Scholar Athlete

+ Drama Club - has the lead in the upcoming Fall play


Volunteers in numerous ways including delivering Meals on Wheels, Alter Server at church, mentors elementary students with the Lunch Buddy program and helping with the middle school softball and volleyball teams.


The only three-sport senior girl at Okaw Valley. This current volleyball season she is leading the area in kills and in the top in blocks and aces.

After Okaw Valley:

Kate plans to study nursing, with a goal to become a nurse practitioner or to teach nursing.