McMahon award recipient named

Cam Crocker (middle) is this year’s recipient of the Cole McMahon “Heart of Gold” Memorial Award, which is presented each year to an Oil City High School junior. Also pictured (from left) are Bryan Schwab, a retired Oil City teacher who initiated the award: Oil City High School principal Scott Stahl; Crocker family members Mike Crocker, Brayden Crocker and Missy Crocker; and Dave Skinner, an Oil City teacher and football coach who is on the selection committee. (Submitted photo)
From staff reports

Cam Crocker, a junior at Oil City High School, has been chosen as the recipient of the annual Cole McMahon “Heart of Gold“ Memorial Award.

He is the son of Mike and Missy Crocker of Oakland Township.

The award is presented every year to an Oil City junior in honor of McMahon, a 2001 Oil City graduate who was killed in a car accident in October 2006 while on his way to his teaching job at Fort LeBoeuf High School in Waterford.

McMahon’s family — Malachy, Dolly, and Logan McMahon — receive input from Oil City teachers, administrators, and coaches every year to choose the recipient of the award.

The student who is nominated must exemplify the work ethic and dedication that McMahon possessed and demonstrated as a student, athlete, coach, and educator.

Crocker will receive a free one-year membership to the Oil City YMCA, and his name will be placed on the “Heart of Gold” plaque on display at the YMCA.

Recently, the YMCA initiated a Cole McMahon “Heart of Gold” Scholarship Award Fund that benefits youth/adult memberships and programming.

Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship award fund can contact the YMCA at 677–3000.

Bryan Schwab, a health and physical education teacher who is now retired from the district, initiated the award with assistance from Butch Huey, Pat Madden, and Harry Dilley Jr. of Relson Gracie Jujitsu of Titusville.