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Colts Honor 2016 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars

Posted Dec 13, 2016

Intro: Prior to Sunday’s Colts game vs the Houston Texans, the 2016 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars presented by American Family Insurance were honored on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium.


INDIANAPOLIS -- Prior to Sunday’s Colts game vs the Houston Texans, the 2016 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars presented by American Family Insurance were honored on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium. Sporting letterman jackets representing high school football programs throughout Indiana, 26 student-athletes were recognized as role models of both academic and athletic excellence by the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA), the Indianapolis Colts, and American Family Insurance.

The honorees were selected through IFCA’s polling of high school football coaches around the state; ultimately, the group compiled a list of 26 student-athletes who ranked in the top of their respective classes. As a group, they’ve reached an extraordinary level of academic accomplishment, with 18 individuals being valedictorians, 6 salutatorians, and all 26 are in the top 1.5% of their graduating classes.

The 26 student-athletes were invited to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, where they participated in a full morning’s worth of events, which honored them for their achievements both on and off the playing field. The celebration included a continental breakfast, an awards ceremony featuring remarks from Toby Jacobs, Chairman of the IFCA Colts Academic All-Stars committee, Bill Maynard, Sales Director for American Family Insurance and Bill Brooks, Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor member, as well as a pre-game field visit for the student-athletes, their family and friends.


Jacobs, the first to address the audience, described the difficulty in choosing the recipients and thanked the coaches for their nominations and committee for their hard work during the selection process. He also thanked American Family Insurance and the Colts organization, “who are invaluable in what they do for Indiana High School Football.” Jacobs congratulated the team members on their academic successes but also encouraged them to “thank your parents, teachers, coaches and mentors who have helped them along the way.”

Speaking on behalf of American Family Insurance, the WI-based insurance company dedicated to inspiring the dreams of local high school students, their families and communities, Maynard remarked, “Your aptitude will only take you so far in life. Like many other adults here in this room, I’ve learned that having the right attitude will propel you further and farther in life, your career, and in your communities and families that you’ll lead one day.” He continued, “A strong aptitude combined with an amazing attitude… now that’s an equation that equals success, which leads to dreams coming true!”

Brooks, who attained an MBA during his playing days and accomplished a law degree after football, closed the event by stressing the importance of “being a lifelong learner.”  Brooks added: “Continue the same dedication, determination and drive you have shown on the football field and in the classroom, and opportunities will always be there for you.”

After the awards presentation, the student-athletes received on-field recognition during the pre-game ceremonies, and the All-Stars also assisted with opening and presenting the full-field American flag for the National Anthem. They then joined their families in the stands to watch the Colts battle the Texans.

2016 marks the 18th year the Colts, the IHSAA and the IFCA have partnered to present this annual award to Indiana’s top football student-athletes.  Congratulations again to the 2016 Academic All-Stars!




ACADEMIC ALL-STARS BY POSITION

OFFENSE

OL

Derek

Bertucci

Wheeler High School

OL

Tyler

Kirk

Mitchell High School

OL

David

Flannelly

North Putnam High School

OL

Dylan

York

Fountain Central High School

OL

Leon

Valdez II

East Chicago Central High School

TE

Drew

Minninch

Northwood High School

WR

Noah

Thomas

Ben Davis High School

WR

Matt

Marley

West Lafayette High School

WR

Aaron

Litherland

Elwood Community High School

RB

Michael

Otley

Roncalli  High School

RB

Dylan

Spesard

Carroll (Flora) High School

QB

Trey

Powell

Sullivan High School

QB

Austin

Lawrence

Winchester Community High School

                                                                                            

DEFENSE

DL

Robert

Brown

Monroe Central High School

DL

Eli

Kipp

Fishers High School

DL

Jonah

Hunter

Seeger High School

DL

Keegan

Hurst

Penn High School

DL

John

Ragan

Eastbrook High School

LB

Eddison

Peters

Heritage Hills High School

LB

Jacob

Geesaman

Jay County High School

DB

Sean

Ratigan

South Bend St. Joseph High School

DB

Jack

DeGroot

Winamac Community High School

DB

Adam

Dauby

Perry Central High School

DB

Dylan

Hagemeier

North Knox High School

                                                                                           

SPECIAL TEAMS

PUNT

Jonah

Sanders

South Putnam High School

PK

Joshua

Krsek

Culver Community High School

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