The week eight winner of the Ivy Tech Community College Scholar Athlete of the Week isRicky Brookins, a RB from 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!" said the person who nominated him.
This the FINAL week for the weekly award, next week we will announce the Scholar Athlete of the Year voting and will select a winner by Nov. 20th and they will be honored at the Colts vs. Titans game on Dec. 1st.
Here are this week's nominees and a little bit about them from the person who nominated them:
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."
Seth Carlson – RB/LB - South Central High School: "Seth is an excellent athlete that strives to be his best on and off the field. He plays offense and defense and the kid rocks both sides of the field. He deserves to be noticed and recognized more than he has. Seth is a great role model and has such a big heart. Without his blocking and hard hits SC would have been in trouble this year."
Andrew Ralph – S – Chesterton High School: "Andrew has a 4.7 GPA and is a three sport athlete from his sophomore to his senior years. He has a great attitude and is one of the hardest working athletes on or off the field. He really is a team player."