The week four winner of the Ivy Tech Scholar Athlete of the Week is Damian McDuffy, a defensive lineman from New Albany High School. "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," said the person who nominated him. McDuffy was also named the 2012 Ivy Tech Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Here are the fourth week's nominees and a little bit about them from the person who nominated them:
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."
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."
Zachary Parks – OLB/Special Teams – Tri-West High School: "Zachary plays special teams for his varsity team and OLB for the JV team. When the QB and backup QB were hurt in a JV game last year Zachary played QB, and he has never played QB before. Zach is a captain of his JV team and he is the leading tackler on his team. Zach really enjoys challenging himself in the classroom, this year he is taking several honors classes. He is an honor roll student and hopes to attend IU."
Cal Scifres – OL – Roncalli High School: "Cal is an exceptional football player, student and person. There seems to be nothing he can't block on the field or tackle in the classroom. He's a three-year starter for the Rebels. He maintains a 3.2 GPA and is involved in numerous other activities including a mission trip to Appalachia last spring. He is a great representative of Roncalli High School and more than deserves for this award."
Each week of the Indiana High School Football season, Ivy Tech Community College will honor a student-athlete excelling both on and off the field.
Every week, we will bring you four student athletes that have been nominated by their school's athletic director, coach, or you! 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.
How to get involved?
- Check back every week for the weekly nominees!
- Vote for the weekly winner!
-Check back every Friday for the weekly winner!
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