Late last May, the students and staff at Wellston High School in southeastern Ohio gathered for a surprise announcement that brought on multiple standing ovations…it even brought some to tears. The assembly’s excitement came from the news that their school had been chosen as the next project on the ESPN series “RISE UP,” which documents athletic facility makeovers for schools in need around the nation.
LPK Product and Scott Models designed and developed a high-school football trophy that was presented as part of the “RISE UP” reveal of Wellston’s athletic facility transformation in August, prior to the start of the new season. The trophy bears the name of one of Wellston’s beloved coaches, Jim Derrow, whose unexpected death saddened the school community earlier in the year. The trophy will commemorate the annual rivalry game between Wellston High School and neighboring Ohio Jackson High School; each year, it will be passed to the winning team.