ATV racer recognized for years of excellence

SHAMOKIN – A local ATV racing legend has been recognized by the city of Shamokin.  A ceremony was held Monday night to give Traci Cecco-Pickens the “Key to Shamokin.”  Shamokin Mayor George Rozinski Jr. presented the award and declared that December 10 is now Traci Cecco-Pickens Day.

Cecco-Pickens said, “I was so excited when I found out they were going to present the key to Shamokin to me.  It’s such a great honor.  It’s not something they do all the time.  I’m definitely ecstatic to receive such a great award.”

She has been racing professionally for 14 years.  She retired this year as the 9-time Grand National Cross Country ATV women’s racing champion.

The plaque she received reads, “The citizens of the city of Shamokin and our surrounding communities are proud of a hometown girl to have such a successful career in racing, and internationally known to competitors and fans as one of the world’s top racers.”

She was surrounded by family and friends as Yamaha’s regional representative Kevin DeCew spoke of her accomplishments.

Cecco-Pickens said, “It was a great ceremony.  Good times were had by all.  The food was amazing.  They had this cartoonish-type cake made for me, which was awesome.  It was just all in all a very fun night.”

The ceremony took place at 7:00 p.m. Monday night at the housing authority in Shamokin.  (Codi Jade)