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 weekly winner. 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.
This is the final week for the weekly program as next week we will begin voting for the scholar athlete of the year.
Last week, Pioneer's Joey Miller edged out the other nominees with 40% of the votes.Miller is quite the standout in the classroom. He has a 3.5 GPA and is ranked 22 in his class. The person who nominated him said "he's faced a lot of adversity and always keeps an positive attitude." Adversity in the form of injuries over the last few years which has kept him off the field, but he has still made an impact for the Panthers. He has been named a two-time National Underclassmen Combine most valuable running back. On the field this year, he has accumulated 1306 yards through eight games and has 18 touchdowns.
Here are the ninth and final week's nominees with a little bit about each them:
Connor Burgess /Carroll High School (Fort Wayne)/OL – Connor is widely respected as a leader at Carroll High School. He is the president of his sophomore class, a six year student council member, and is striving for the Academic Honors Diploma. He is also actively involved with his church and in youth ministry. The person who nominated him said "I noticed early on that this quiet, unassuming young man had the wide approval of a large number of his classmates in the school where I teach. Always on the lookout for potential leaders, this was immediately on my radar." He carries that over onto the football field as well. "This aforementioned ability seems to transfer into his relationships with team mates, making Connor Burgess part of the glue that sticks a good team together." He holds the Carroll all-time freshman and sophomore squat records. Connor also stays after every practice to help pick up the football locker room.
Austin Karazsia/Linton-Stockton High School/QB- Austin is known as one of the top signal-callers in the entire state. In 2011, Karazsia led the Miners to a 13-1 record while passing for 3,364 yards and 43 touchdowns. Through nine games of the 2012 season, he has 2,151 yards and 29 touchdowns. His Miners are also sitting on top of the Class A polls. In the classroom he has a 3.8 GPA. He is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and is ranked sixth in his class.
Chris Travis/Eastern (Greentown) High School/OL/DL– Chris is active in his church as well as his community. He is also a member of the school's honor program and is ranked 37 in his class with a 9.05 GPA. On the field he is a dominating force. He is a three-year, two-way starter for the Comets. Heading into his senior season, he had 113 tackles,18 tackles for loss, and five sacks. He also holds school records in bench press, dead lifts, and squats.
Jake McConnell/Boonville High School/ Kicker/Punter- Jake was a member of P-Kom at his school. This is a program that has junior and seniors mentor incoming freshmen at orientation and throughout the school year. He is also a member of his high school athletic council. He has attended the student leadership conference held by IHSAA. He also has worked youth summer camps for both soccer and football. He is in his fourth year of playing both soccer and football. He has been a varsity player since his sophomore year and is now a senior. He has been named Big 8 All Conference and All Southwest Indiana in football. He has been named special teams MVP for the last two years in football. He has also been named as special teams' captain for this football season. McConnell won a regular season game last year in overtime with a field goal. He also was a varsity member of the school track team this past year as a junior.
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.