Every week, we bring you four student athletes that have been nominated by their school's athletic director, coach, or you the fans! We will write a brief description as to why they are deserving of the award and the rest is up to the fans to vote for the Scholar of the Week. After the votes are tallied, we will announce a winner on Friday. At the end of the regular season a new poll will take place.
Each of the weekly winners will be released via a poll for the Ivy Tech Community College Student Athlete of the Year. Fans will vote throughout the IHSAA playoffs with the winner being recognized during the last Colts home game at Lucas Oil Stadium and being awarded a scholarship to Ivy Tech Community College.
Last week, Greenfield Central's wide receiver and defensive back Josh McDonald tallied 59% of the votes to be named the fourth Ivy Tech Community College Scholar Athlete of the Week. McDonald has been dealt a hard hand early in his life. He lost his brother two years ago and he remains the inspiration for Josh on and off the field. In the classroom he is able to maintain a 3.3 GPA on top of playing football and working a job. On the field he has been a staple of the Cougars on both sides of the ball.
Here are the fifth week's nominees and a little bit about them:
Aaron Daniels /Charlestown High School/QB-DB – Aaron is quite the dual threat, not only as a quarterback but as a student athlete. In the classroom, Daniels carries a 4.1 GPA and is ranked 12th out of 155 students which is drawing the attention of a lot of colleges. On the field he just amazes the fans as well as his opponents. *During the 2011 campaign, Daniel threw for 1,809 yards (113-of-171) and 17 touchdowns, but he did the most damage was on the ground where he carried the ball 206 times for 1,589 yards and 30 touchdowns. These numbers led the Pirates to an 8-3 record. So far during 2012, Daniels has passed for 718 yards and 14 touchdowns in addition to rushing for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns. *
Ross Corcoran/ Lafayette Central Catholic High School/LB – Ross makes a great impression off the field. He was the class vice president his junior year and has been selected to the academic honor roll for three years. He ranks 26 out of 54 students at LCC with a 3.61 GPA. He scored a 1430 on his SAT last year. On the field, Coach Kevin O'Shea says he is the "heart and soul" of their defense. He was named the Lafayette Journal and Courier's 2011 Defensive Player of the Year as well as being named to the IFCA Junior All-State Team.
Chandler Carroll/Yorktown High School/RB-DB – Chandler is ranked 5th out of 210 students in the junior class at Yorktown High School. He has a 4.022/4.000 GPA. He is taking a heavy load of AP courses, including AP Language, AP US History, and AP Chemistry, and he is receiving a high A in all. Chandler is also a Freshmen Mentor for Yorktown's Freshmen Kickoff Mentoring Program. He is responsible for monitoring the progress of three freshmen on a weekly basis. Chandler rarely leaves the field for the Yorktown Tigers. He is the feature running back, he is the second leading tackler from his cornerback position, he returns kicks and punts, and he is the holder for extra point. On Saturday September 8th against Greenfield Central in the Horseshoe Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium, Chandler rushed for 144 yards on 19 carries and one TD. On defense, he had 11 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 interception. He was the Horseshoe Classic Player of the Game. In four games, he has rushed for 528 yards and 6 TDs. He has 22 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 4 interceptions.
Jared Boehm/ Heritage Hills High School/ OL-DL- Jared is a member of the student council as well as the National Honor Society. He is ranked 14th in his class of 167 with a 3.85 GPA. On the field, has been named to the All-PAC Team for the last two years. He has started since he was a freshman for the Patriots.At 6-foot, 215-pound Boehm recorded 32 tackles, 22 assists, three tackles for losses, and one caused fumble for the 9-3 Patriots during the 2011 campaign.
Check back next week to see who won this week's Ivy Tech Community College's Scholar Athlete of the Week Program. Also, be sure to be as descriptive as possible when nominating a player.