SOUTH FORK 2A COURAGE AWARD: Bandys’ Wagner wins battles with leukemia to play for Trojans

Published Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Bandys High Athletic Director Brandon Harbinson presents the South Fork 2A’s Courage Award for 2019 to Ashley Wagner, who has undergone treatment for leukemia twice during her high school career. She played tennis and basketball for the Trojans and is now headed to Clemson to study veterinary medicine./SOUTH FORK 2A PHOTO

Sidelined by illness as a freshman, she reaches

goals of playing tennis and basketball

Ashley Wagner, a senior who plays tennis and basketball at Bandys High, has been selected as the winner of the South Fork 2A’s Courage Award for 2019.

Nominated by Bandys Athletic Director Brandon Harbinson, Wagner was honored after she battled leukemia twice and recovered well enough to participate in sports her senior year.

Wagner was first diagnosed with leukemia as an eight-grader and did not participate in sports at Bandys as a freshman.

She played varsity basketball as a sophomore but missed her junior year after having a stem-cell transplant at Duke University.

Wagner played tennis and basketball for Bandys this school year, starting on Senior Night for the Trojans and scoring the first two points of that game.

In his nomination form, Harbinson said: “I’ve never seen strength in a person like I have Ashley while going through this obstacle in her life.

“She never complained, she was always smiling and she continued to work hard on her schoolwork, all while going through intensive treatments.

“Ashley took Advance Placement Calculus her junior year online while going through all of this and made an A in the class.

“Her intelligence and work ethic absolutely amaze me! Ashley fought hard, for a second time, and I am so happy to say that her cancer is now in remission as well – hopefully for good.”

Wagner was sixth academically in her class of 201 students and will attend Clemson in the fall to major in veterinary medicine.

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