Throughout the Indiana High School Football season we featured student athletes that have been nominated by their school's athletic director, coach, or even you the fans! Below are the nine weekly winners and a little bit about their accomplishments from the person who nominated them. Now we turn to the 2013 Ivy Tech Scholar Community College Athlete of the Year contest.
These nine scholar-athletes have put their work in on the field and in the classroom and now it's time for you to vote on who will be honored during an on-field presentation at the December 1st home game against the Titans. So read the on and off field accomplishments of the below football players and make your voice heard by voting for who you think is deserving of being named the Ivy Tech Community College Scholar Athlete of the Year!
Austin Alberson – LB/TE – Bellmont High School: "Austin has been a starter for the team since his sophomore year and a team captain for the last two years. Austin has attended college prep classes all 4 years and has been on the Honor Roll the entire time he has attended Bellmont. He currently has a 3.95 GPA."
Conner Smith – QB – Perry Meridian High School: "Week 1- 17/22 for 375 yards and 6 touchdowns, Week 2- 34/46 for 490 yards and 6 touchdowns. Not only is Conner an amazing athlete, but he excels in his academic classes with one of the highest grade point averages on the team."
Damian McDuffy – DE/DT – New Albany High School (last year's winner): "Damian is not only an outstanding football player and student, he is an outstanding person. As a student at NAHS he is a leader in the Bulldogs Scholars program for the last three years. With a 4.0 GPA he is looking forward to college, and hoping to play football for many years to come. As a football player for the Bulldogs, he is a defensive leader that plays with determination and heart each time he steps on the field. He was an all-conference selection, and all area selection last season, and scholar athlete of the year. He works hard in the weight room holding and breaking most of the weightlifting records for the school. Charity work is a big part of Damian's life; he has participated in numerous fundraising events for many nonprofit organizations over the last few years, the main one being the Special Olympics. He is very involved, being part of a group that collects 80,000 plus each year to help fund the Special Olympics events; he works hard at fundraising and participates in plane pulls, truck pulls and a polar plunge. Locally he collects food for a charity group that feeds the less fortunate and homeless. He is an all-around great guy and very deserving of all he achieves."
Kyle McDonald – OL – Homestead High School: "Starter on Homestead's 6A football program now in his Junior Year, Kyle McDonald holds a 3.89 GPA; is employed as a Caddie, throws shot & disc on Homestead's Track & Field. Kyle is the anchor of the Offensive line, short-snapper, and backup as long snapper. Kyle holds one of the lowest error-rate / snap of any OC in Indiana. Kyle will be the 5th generation of his family to attend Notre Dame and is considering a double-major in Actuary Science & Spanish Language."
Zach Swarts – DL – Homestead High School: "Zach Swarts is a football player, an honor roll student and Homestead captain. Having started and played in every varsity game at Homestead since he was a sophomore, Zach plays hard on every play. He leads by example in school and on the football field. Committed to his dream of playing college football, Zach currently holds 4 scholarship offers."
Chandler Carroll – RB/CB/KR/PR – Yorktown High School: "Senior running back and defensive back Chandler Carroll rushed for 220 yards on 34 carries to help Yorktown beat rival Delta to push his rushing season total to over 1000 yards. Chandler also maintains a GPA over 4.000 while taking the most difficult classes at YHS: AP Biology, AP Microeconomics, AP Calculus BC, AP Literature, AP US Government, and AP Statistics. During his study hall, Chandler tutors struggling students. With all of his accomplishments, he is humble and his work ethic is off the charts. He has served as one of our team captains the past two years."
Austin Goggans – DE – Northrop High School: "Austin is deserving of this award because of his work ethic, positive attitude, and leadership skills. He excels in the classroom, striving for a Core 40 diploma with Academic Honors. He is enrolled in two dual credit classes this year. Austin was picked by Northrop's athletic director, Mr. Shank, for an IHSAA Team Leader. As a junior, Austin is a leader for his football team and a positive role model for his brothers and sisters as well."
Ricky Brookins – RB – Terre Haute North High School: "Ricky is a senior and captain of the 3rd ranked (5A) Patriots. He is the vocal leader of the team, but leads best by example. His 3.45 cumulative GPA is a testament to his work ethic. He is a role model and hero for many youth football players in Vigo County, and has remained a very humble young man. Through 8 games, Ricky has 1400+ yards rushing (8.35 yards/carry) with 19 touchdowns. He has led his team from behind to win in weeks 8 & 9 with spectacular 4th quarter touchdown runs (inside of 2 minutes) of 45 yards and 44 yards respectively. Best of all, he is a great kid!"
Adam Hoff – FB/DL – Charlestown High School : "I am writing in reference to Adam Hoff. I have found Adam to be a truly outstanding young man. Having been acquainted with Adam as his physical education teacher and student council sponsor for the last three years, I proudly present him as an exemplary candidate and model young person. Adam's reliability, and integrity are quite respectable.
Adam demonstrates and utilizes his outstanding character both in and out of the classroom. I am always impressed by Adam's leadership. He does an excellent job of helping to create an urgency for excellence in everyone he is around. Adam is always willing to help others by pushing them to do their very best at whatever task they are undertaking. He would never settle for mediocre. This was especially helpful to me during his time as a peer tutor for my physical education classes. With his high standards for excellence, Adam pushes himself and emerges as intensely self-reliant. He does not shy away from challenges so his schedule has always consisted of honors and AP courses.
Outside the classroom, Adam further proves that he is a valued leader. Adam is a captain of the varsity football team where he was selected to the News and Tribune Second Team All Area Defense in 2012. He has been named Pirate Pride/Tumble Town Defensive Player of the Game numerous times, and most recently he was selected as the Penn Station November Athlete of the Month for the Louisville metro area. Tonight he will lead his team into their third consecutive sectional championship game in hopes to earn back-to-back titles.
In addition to football, Adam was a member of the varsity boys' track and field team and wrestling team. He is a former Mid Southern Conference champion and a regional qualifier in wrestling. This year, Adam will represent the Pirates as a member of the swim team.
Beyond athletics, Adam is a member of Key Club, National Honor Society, and Student Council. He serves as vice president of Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Adam is also committed to improving his community. He is a member of Earthwise, a group who takes care of all recycling for the school. He also volunteers to assist the elderly and ailing through Hosparus, the only male athlete in the region to do so. Adam devotes his love and knowledge of football to the youth league in Charlestown as well.
My favorite thing about Adam is his integrity. He is true to himself, to his family, and to his peers. With Adam, what you see is what you get. He is an honest person who is comfortable in his own skin, confident in his abilities, and determined to reach his goals. I have enough trust in Adam that I would feel confident placing my own children in his care if the situation ever arose. Thus it is without hesitation that I recommend Adam for any endeavor he pursues."