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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.





The week two winner of the Ivy Tech Scholar Athlete of the Week is Connor Smith, a quarterback from Perry Meridian High School. "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," said the person who nominated him.

Here are the third week's nominees and a little bit about them from the person who nominated them (VOTE BELOW):

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."

Donavin O'Day – DE – Fort Wayne Snider High School: "Donavin is a true scholar-athlete: 4.2 GPA, outstanding citizen, and a two year starter. He intends to continue his studies and play football in college."

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."

Drue Tranquill – WR/LB/DB – Carroll High School (Fort Wayne): "Drue is a fun and exciting player to watch! He is just as stellar in the classroom as well. He's ranked 10 out of 530 students with an 11.3 GPA on a 12-point scale. He is currently committed to play football at Purdue University."

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!

  • Share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
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