Scholar Athlete of the Week

The CW Columbus - WWHO::TNL

Each week, local high school's athletic directors, teachers, counselors and/or principals will select one high school athlete to be the Scholar Athlete of the Week. The selected student will be recognized on air during halftime of Scioto Valley Thursday Night Lights game broadcast. All Scholar Athletes selected will have a chance of winning a $5,000 scholarship to the college or university he/she plans to attend.

2015 Scholar Athletes

Week 01

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Taylor Manivanh Taylor Manivanh
Central Crossing High School

Taylor is the OCC Long Jump Champion, 2014, PI Central District Long Jump Champion 2014, DI Region 3 Long Jump Champion 2014, DI State Long Jump Qualifier 2014, 5th Place Triple Jump Indoor State Meet, OCC Central 2015, DI Central Division Champion 2015. She also volunteers for Kiwanis at Arts in the Valley, Trick or Treat for Unicef and summer school concessions. At CCHS, Taylor is a part of the Key Club and the Renaissance Club. With a GPA of 4.4, Taylor is undecided on a college at this time.

 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Emma Warns Emma Warns
Pickerington North High School

Emma is a three year letterman in soccer and has been a part of the basketball program for four years. She is currently the captain of the soccer team, which were Regional Champions in 2013. Emma is also a member of the Panther Pack Leadership program, Student Council and the National Honor Society, Club Hope & Young Life. She has been on two mission trips to the Dominican Republic to build homes and volunteers frequently at the local food shelter. Emma is a part of Peer Collaboration and Student Learning service, helping children. While taking Honors and Advance Placement classes at Pickerington North, Emma has a 4.26 GPA. She’s undecided on a college, but plans to pursue Occupational Therapy.

Week 02

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Trevor Ferguson Trevor Ferguson
West Jefferson

Trevor Ferguson is a 3rd Team All-State Linebacker, Ohio Division Junior Scholar Athlete, 1st Team Mid-State League, 1st Team All Central District Team and Special Mention All-Metro Team. Trevor helps in the community by helping with Toys for Tots, and community projects like installing lights in the park. He also delivers Meals on Wheels and food for Sufficient Grace and is a pen pal for 3rd graders. Academically, Trevor is a member of the National Honor Society, a Boys State delegate, a HOBY Leadership Seminar delegate and an Academic Top 20 member for the past 3 years. He’s also president of the West Jefferson Student Council. With a GPA of 4.0, Trevor is still undecided on a college.

 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Isaac 'Zeke' Thorpe Isaac 'Zeke' Thorpe
Jonathan Alder

Isaac (Zeke) Thorpe, is a 3-year football letter and senior team captain, 3-year track and field letter, 2-year district and regional qualifier and voted field MVP for the past 2 years. Zeke assists with Vacation Bible School, participated in community outreach for disadvantaged students, provided landscaping work for Plain City Elementary and has done other work for the school district by helping teachers move into a new school building and painting the library over the summer. As of now, Zeke is undecided on a college but hopes study mechanical engineering. He has a GPA of 3.975.

Week 03

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Markel Drake Markel Drake
Marion-Franklin

Markel Drake is a 3-year Varsity football player, first year varsity athlete in Track & Field and a first year Wrestling athlete. Over the summer, Markel  volunteered to help foster children and participated in Community Clean-Up. With a GPA of 2.9, Markel has not yet committed to a college.

 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Talia Caridi Talia Caridi
Bishop Hartley

Talia is a 4-year Varsity Lacrosse player, 2-year team captain and team MVP 2014. She loves volunteering in the summer through the Appalachian Project, repairing homes in Portsmouth, Ohio. Talia is a volunteer tutor and school ambassador. She also participates with the Ohio Right to Life and March for Life annually in Washington, DC. At Bishop Hartley, Talia writes for the school newspaper, served as National Honor Society secretary, and lead others as school captain and campus ministry board member. Undecided on a college at this time, Talia has a 3.9 GPA.

Week 04

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Aron Reman Aron Reman
Bexley

Aron is a 2-year varsity letter, offensive and defensive lineman, PAT team and with the team, he has made the playoffs the last two years. Aron is a math, English and science tutor and a part of the freshman mentor program. Clubs Aron belongs to are Key Club, National, Cum Laude Society Member and  school newspaper editor. He also volunteers at Bexley Public Library and JCC with senior citizens and has been awarded the OSU-Honda Math Medal and is a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. He has a 4.51 GPA and is undecided on a college.

 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Mateo Miranda Mateo Miranda
Whitehall

Mateo is a 3.8 student and a 3-time varsity letter in soccer and 3 years soccer team captain, while earning the scholar athlete award in soccer. Unfortuntely, Mateo broke his leg playing soccer last week and will be out the rest of the season. He’s also a 2 year letter in football and has been a part of the baseball program at Whitehall for 2 years. While being in the National Honor Society, Mateo is also the Treasurer of the senior class and an Ecuadorian native, having moved to the United States when he was 4-years-old. Mateo is undecided on a college, but wants to study Sports Medicine.

Week 05

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Liam Buchy Liam Buchy
Thomas Worthington

Liam is a 3.2 student with 3 years on the Varsity Football team and 1 year of Varsity Wrestling and 2 year tennis player. He’s also made All OCC Second team in football. For the last two summers, Liam helps his church with mission work and also works at a retirement home. Liam plans to attend Ohio University this fall.

 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Clay Carrel Clay Carrel
Westland

Clay is a captain of the Westland Football team and is offensive MVP, and has had OCC Mentions. In his spare time, he volunteers at the Grove City Food Bank, helps with trash clean-up in the community and mentors younger kids interested in football. Clay is a National Honor Society, National Academy of Future Scientist s and Technologists inductee. Still undecided on a college, has a 4.3 GPA and wants to study ophthalmology. 

Week 06

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Anya Bingman Anya Bingman
Circleville

Anya is a 4.061 student and 3-year letter in Track, 2-year letter in Basketball and also a 1-year letter in Volleyball and Band. As a member of the basketball team, Anya received 2015 MSL honorable mention all-league, special mention Southeastern District and OHSAA Academic Award. She also was a 2015 MSL 2nd team and regional qualifier for track. Anya is the student coordinator for the Red Cross Blood Drive, she frequently volunteers at nursing homes, food kitchens and at the elementary school. On Sundays, she volunteers at church, working the audio-visual equipment and ushers. Anya is also the president of the Student Council, Vice President of the National Honor Society and Key Club. As an active member of the National Art Honor Society, she also participates in Service Over Self and Symphonic Choir.

 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Seth Paszke Seth Paszke
Bloom-Carroll

Seth is a 3-year football letterman, 4-year baseball letterman. He has twice been nominated 2nd Team All-League baseball, honorable mention All-Central District, starting for both the state runner-up team and state champion team for baseball. Seth has worked as a volunteer for the football team helping with Community Service and volunteered for the Salvation Army. He’s also a French Club member, a part of the Princible 3.5 Club and Honor Student, taking AP classes.

Week 07

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Wes Jurden Wes Jurden
Newark Catholic

Wes is a 3-year varsity starter and was named 2013 Columbus Dispatch player of the week. In 2014, he was 2nd team all-district linebacker and 2nd team all-district all advocate linebacker. Wes volunteers with the Special Olympic Power Lifting at Denison University and is a Eucharistic Minister as well as Kairos Youth Group Leader. He is also involved in Key Club, Student Council, Drama Club and is Secretary of the National Honor Society.

Wes is a 4.0 student and is still undecided on a college.

 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Anna Benton Anna Benton
Johnstown

At the end of her junior year, Anna was an 8-letter athlete. She is team captain of the Soccer and Cross Country teams and a member of the Big Red Band.  Anna is on the board of directors of B.U.I.L.D. of Licking County and participates in 4-H and her church choir. She is also a member of the Catholic Diocesan Youth Retreat staff and a Sunday School teachers aid. She was also nominated for Buckeye Girls’ State and voted Senior Class President. With a GPA of 4.579, Anna is still undecided on a college.

Week 08

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Kendall Supinger Kendall Supinger
Olentangy High School

Kendall is a 3-year letter in Track and Cross Country and a letter in soccer. While serving as the co-captain of the Cross Country team, she earned the Cross Country MVP award, the ‘Brave’ award and first team all OCC. Kendall is DECA Vice President and on class cabinet, a member of service club her junior and senior year. Her DECA team were international finalist for their marketing presentation. Kendall is undecided on a college, but wants to pursue nursing to become a neonatal practitioner. Kendall holds a 3.5 GPA.

 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Jake Weirick Jake Weirick
Worthington Kilbourne

Jake is a 4-time high school scholar athlete, honorable mention all Midwest in Lacrosse, Honorable mention all-central region in Lacrosse, 4-year letterman in Lacrosse and a 1-year letterman in Basketball. Jake serves as a Wolves for Cubs mentor, Freshman Link Leader and is a 3-time 6th grade camp counselor. He will attend Denison University in the fall to play Lacrosse. Jake has a 3.44 GPA.

Week 09

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Kirsten Wills Kirsten Wills
Licking Valley

Kirsten is a one-year letter in volleyball and basketball. This year she was voted the co-captain of the volleyball team at Licking Valley. Kirsten is also a member of the Licking County Superstar club volleyball team and has won multiple tournaments. She is a member of the Hanover Presbyterian Church, where she participates in youth group, the handbell choir and service projects. Kirsten is also involved in Licking Valley Grassroots of United Way and has been in the Licking Valley Raiders 4-H Club for twelve years. At Licking Valley High School, she is an active member of National Honor Society, Student Council and Renaissance. Kirsten is the treasurer of both the Senior Class and National Honor Society. She holds at 4.09 GPA and is undecided on college at this time.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Jack May Jack May
Watkins Memorial

Jack is a 2-year letterman in Football and a 4-year letterman in Wrestling. His football career includes a trip to state playoffs and a win in the LCL Championship in wrestling. Jack helps younger students by peer tutoring and he is a National Honor Society inductee. He is undecided on college, but wants to study engineering. Jack has a GPA of 3.92 and is in the top seventh percentile of his class.

Week 10

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Libby Marx Libby Marx
Gahanna Lincoln

Libby has been a 4 year member of the Cheering Squad, and varsity letter last year. She cheers in Down Syndrome Buddy Walk at Crew Stadium for 3 years and attended cheer camp at Denison University the past 4 years. Libby is also a 2 year Link Crew leader and a National Honor Society Member. Libby is currently Valedictorian of her class and was awarded a certificate of scholarship for outstanding merit from the University of Michigan her sophomore year. Still undecided on a college, she has a 4.3 GPA and wants to study business.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Devon McMillin Devon McMillin
Pickerington Central

Devon is the Pickerington Central team captain, 4-year letterman, 2013 OCC Ohio 2nd team kicker, Associated Press All-Central District Special Mention, and the 2014 JJ Huddle Preseason Division 1st Honorable Mention. He serves as a Church Youth Group Leader, National Honor Society, community service, and does local outreach through his church. Devon is also raising awareness for human trafficking within his school and community through his senior project.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Sunny Side Up peer leadership group Fellowship of Christian Students. Devon is still undecided on college, but wants to study Computer Science.

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