Every Tuesday, 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.
Last week, New Albany's Damian McDuffy amassed 74% of the votes to be named the second Ivy Tech Community College Scholar Athlete of the Week. McDuffy a defensive lineman for New Albany is a Bulldog scholar, he has a 4.0 GPA, he is an excellent student, class leader and is involved in many nonprofit organizations. One specifically is the Luupus Foundation, where he has helped in raising over four thousand dollars last year for the foundation. This is something that hits home for McDuffy as his sister has lupus. He also is part of the Ice Socks team of the Kentucky Special Olympics helping raise 60,000 dollars for the Special Olympics and plunging into the river for the last three years. When McDuffy played freshman football, they lost only one game, and he was pulled to the varsity to play in sectionals. As a sophomore he was a starting defensive lineman, making many sacks and tackles through the season. The person who nominated him said "he is a determined player, and loves the game. He plays football with his heart, and recently participated in the Pro College Combine in Indianapolis with the some of the best in the state."
Here are the third week's nominees and a little bit about them:
Chris Duckwall/Eastbrook High School/Offensive Lineman - Chris excels in academics alongside athletics. He is a peer mentor at his high school and works with the program to help freshman feel welcome and comfortable. He also has a job at a local golf course where he is known for his hard work ethic. Chris was an all-conference player last year as a junior, and is starting off well this year too. He is a starting offensive lineman, and this week he excelled on the defensive side as well. He takes his role as a senior leader very seriously. He loves being a team captain and works hard to encourage and excite his teammates
Seth McCutchen/Charlestown High School/ Full Back/Linebacker - Seth is ambitious in pursuing both a college degree, being the first in several generations in his family, and the opportunity to play football while attending college. He is a senior this year and is working hard to improve his current GPA. Seth volunteers in Charlestown's youth athletics and is a member of Northside Christian Church. Seth also wrestles and is a male cheerleader for Charlestown. On the field he is a dominant force. Offensive player of the game and over 200 yards rushing in a huge win over Brownstown Central. Was named the WAVE-3 player of the week in 2011. Also in 2011, Seth rushed for 1032 yards on 159 carries and averaged nearly 7 yards per carry. This year, Seth is a senior at Charlestown High School playing full back and linebacker.
Kolton Linback/North White High School/Running Back/Linebacker – Kolton is a senior running back and linebacker for the North White Vikings. The person who nominated him shared this "He has a lot of pressure on the field and off the field. His Aunt, who is a big pillar of our community, is battling cancer and is in her worst fight yet! Today North White School Corporation and our surrounding schools dedicated this day to his Aunt Angie (whom has been in the hospital since yesterday) by wearing blue and white for her. Everything was dedicated to her and her family tonight on and off the field. I believe this had to be one of the hardest but glorifying games for him! He is also in the process of getting on the Monon Volunteer Fire Department. He is a young gentleman that does so much in the community as his family goes through a rough time. This gentleman is an inspiration to all and is a role model for all the young kids in the community." On the field he made quite the impact last season on the defensive side of the ball. He recorded 66 tackles and ten sacks as a junior.
How to get involved?
-Nominate a current Indiana High School Football Player!
- Check back every Monday for the weekly nominees!
- Vote for the weekly winner!
-Check back every Monday for the weekly winner!
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