Mayor Bruce Fraley recently hailed the accomplishments of a local educator, citing her example as both a stellar athlete and as an example to women and girls in Berea. During mayoral comments of a meeting of the Berea City Council, Mayor Fraley read the following certificate of recognition for Wendy Satterthwaite. Said Fraley:
“The City of Berea is a community that recognizes citizens who are shining examples to the youth of our city, which it considers to be truly great.
“Wendy is not only someone who inspires through her athletic accomplishments, but she inspires a new group of students every year through her work as a first grade teacher at Berea Community School.
“Wendy competed in the 2019 National Senior Games, 50-54 division, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, held June 14-25, 2019. Wendy qualified to compete in the National Senior Games at the Kentucky State Senior Games in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter track events, as well as the 5,000-meter road race.
“At the National Senior Games, Wendy won the silver medal in the 1,500-meter and 800-meter races, clocking times that rank her as the seventh fastest of all time in the 1,500-meter, and the 8th fastest in the 800-meter events at the Senior Games. Wendy capped off her incredible performance in the Senior Games with a gold medal in the 5,000-meter road race.
“Wendy Satterthwaite will continue to be an inspiration to all Bereans through her hard work and athletic achievements. While she will be an example for all, what is particularly important is her example for young women and girls.
“After winning the 5,000-meter event, Wendy said, and I quote: ‘I want to instill in the girls that it’s important to be strong physically, mentally and emotionally.’ End quote.
“Wendy Satterthwaite is all three of these, and she continues to show that every day in our community.”
Following the presentation, council members congratulated Satterthwaite, including Steve Caudill, who is also a runner.
“What an amazing accomplishment,” Caudill said. “It truly is an incredible example for all the young women in our community. Continuing to be healthy and happy and going out and being the best you can be at something is always an inspiration to all. That makes me feel very inadequate as a runner,” Caudill joked.