Delta junior Teaghan Dishman ushered in 2014 in San Antonio, where she spent nearly a week attending a presentation and participating in festivities as one of 10 national finalists for the U.S. Army Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence.
Sunday morning, Dishman left the mild temperatures of San Antonio to return to freezing cold and snow engulfed Muncie. That marked about the only negative for Dishman after a memorable trip to the Alamo.
The Delta junior took in the sights with her mother, four siblings, grandparents and cousins. She watched the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, listened to Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Anthony Munoz and Rod Woodson speak at a luncheon, dined in some of the finest restaurants in the city and stayed at the 38-story San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, located on the River Walk and connected to the Rivercenter Mall.
“It was really cool,” Dishman said.
Andrew Way, a senior football player at Conner High School in Hebron, Ky., beat out Dishman and the other eight candidates for the award.
“I feel honored I was one of 10 finalists,” Dishman said. “Even though I didn’t win, it’s still a big deal.”
The award committee selected the finalists based on three criteria — athletics, academics and community involvement.
Dishman is a straight-A student who is ranked top 10 in her class academically at Delta. She plays three sports — basketball, tennis and volleyball — and she is active in assisting the Delta junior tennis and volleyball programs. Dishman garnered Class 3A All-State honors in volleyball this past season.
Dishman said the highlight of the trip for her occurred at the game when she watched a few of the players, who she met at earlier festivities, announce their college decisions by selecting one of the hats in front of them at a table set up in the corner of the Alamo Bowl.
As for the all-star football game, she watched with some interest as the West smashed the East 28-6.
“I do watch football occasionally with like, my brothers, but I wouldn’t say I’m a diehard fan,” she said. “I did watch the Colts game. That was cool.”