An Elkins fifth-grade student will travel to Pittsburgh Sunday attempting to win the regional punt, pass and kick contest.
Jennings Randolph Elementary School student Justin Parsons won the local and state contest, and will attempt to qualify for the next level during Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers.
JRES Principal Rebecca Whiteman said the school is extremely proud of Parsons.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Elkins resident Justin Parsons will compete in the punt, pass and kick contest Sunday during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game against the San Diego Chargers. Parsons took first place in the Elkins local contest and the regional contest in Uniontown, Pa. earlier this year. Four winners from across the nation will compete at the Super Bowl.
"We are excited for Justin," Whiteman said. "I do not think Elkins has had a participant to progress this far in the tournament for many years."
Parsons, who is 10 years old, said he is very excited to compete on Sunday. He said he went into the local punt, pass and kick contest with a determined attitude, and that has helped him at every level.
"I have practiced hard and I think being in soccer for many years has helped," Parsons said. "I am very excited to go to the Pittsburgh Steelers game. I hope I get to meet some of the players, especially Troy Polamalu."
He said those competing in the punt, pass and kick contest Sunday will compete on the practice field, and only first, second and third place winners will go down on the field to compete during half-time.
"The top four competitors in the nation will go to the Super Bowl to compete," Parsons said.
"I would love to go to the Super Bowl and see the Hall of Fame. I think the Atlanta Falcons will play the Baltimore Ravens in this Super Bowl."
Parsons said his parents, Lorraine and Jay Parsons, have helped him prepare all through the contests.
"My mom has helped me a lot," Parsons said. "My dad has taken me to Riverbend Park many nights to practice."
The local punt, pass and kick contest was held in Elkins in early fall. Parsons advanced to the next level and placed first in Uniontown, Pa.