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 Menards Scholar Athlete of the Week. The selected student will be recognized on air during halftime of a Menards 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.

2014 Scholar Athletes

Week 01

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - David Daly David Daly
New Albany High School

GPA:  4.0

Athletic Achievement:
2014 " (Junior) All-Conference (All-OCC) for Baseball
2014 " (Senior) Scholar Athlete for Football

Community Involvement:
Peer Minister for my church and do lots of volunteering at youth camps at New Albany.  Help out with Special Olympics and Relay for Life.

Student Bio:
David is a 4.0 student at New Albany High School, taking honors and AP classes.  He plans to study Business in college and hopes to play baseball at the next level.

Other Comments about the student: 
David plays travel baseball all summer with the Columbus Sharks.  He is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Christian Eubanks Christian Eubanks
Reynoldsburg High School

GPA:  3.0

Athletic Achievement:
Captain of the Reynoldsburg High School football team, wrestling team. Three-year varsity letterman in football, wrestling. All O.C.C. athlete football, wrestling. Junior Olympic wrestling team member

Student Bio:
Christian attends the Reynoldsburg High School eSTEM Academy. He maintains a 3.0 GPA. He's captain of the football and wrestling teams. Christian hopes to continue playing football at the college level.

Week 02

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Alex Sepeda Alex Sepeda
Marysville High School

GPA: 3.9

Athletic Achievement:

-3 Years Wrestling, Letterman
-Academic All Ohio
-Captain of football team
-Marysville Excellence Award Winner

Community Involvement:

-Member of National Honors Society
-Student Council
-Peer Collaboration

Student Bio: Says sports has taught him strong work ethic and discipline.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Joseph (Joe) Sanfillipo Joseph (Joe) Sanfillipo
Hayes High School

GPA: 3.58

Athletic Achievement:

-Lacrosse Club State Champions, 2012 and 2013
-1st Lacrosse Team All Region, 2014
-Honorable Mention All Central District (Football)
-Lacrosse OCC Champions, 2014
-All OCC 2nd Team Punter (Football)
-2 varsity letters, football
-1 varsity letter, soccer
-1 varsity letter, lacrosse

Community Involvement:

-Leader of Euclid Entourage
-Clinic for younger lacrosse players
-Helped deliver mulch for football fundraiser

Student Bio: His parents have been teachers in the district for 30 years, and he has varsity letters in 3 different sports.

Week 03

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Andy Oppliger Andy Oppliger
Westerville Central High School

2013-2014 GPA:  4.28

College Commitment:  Not yet committed

Athletic Achievement: 
7-time Scholar Athlete; multi-year Varsity Letterman in both Football and Baseball

Community Involvement:  Member of the National Honors Society; active in Westerville Central Special Olympics Program

Student Bio: 

"I was born at Camp Mary Orton in Worthington, Ohio, and have lived the majority of my life in Westerville, Ohio.  My father works at Nationwide Children's Hospital in the Behavioral Health Department and my mother works for Dublin City Schools as a mental health specialist.  My sister is a senior at Kent State University majoring in Special Education. 

"I have been a student-athlete for the majority of my life and I hope to continue that throughout my college career.  I plan to major in Marine Biology and hope to attend a school on the East coast.

"I am an avid reader and am also interested in government and politics.  My favorite things to do outside of school and organized sports are spending time with my family and friends golfing and hanging out."

 
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Cameron Johnson Cameron Johnson
Columbus Independence High School

2013-2014 GPA: 4.1

College Commitment: The Ohio State University

Athletic Achievement: 4-year varsity letter winner Soccer; 2-year Soccer captain; 2013-2014 Soccer MVP; All-City 2nd team 2013-2014; 4-year Basketball player; JV Basketball captain.

Community Involvement:
 - Volunteered numerous hours at Barnett Community Center for the past 5 years

 - Member of National Honor Society (NHS) and through NHS volunteer at Liberty Elementary helping young students with their reading skills and will participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS in memory of the mother of one of my current teachers

 - Volunteered at Life Care Alliance to pass out fans to the elderly

Student Bio: Cameron Johnson, the youngest of 3 sons born to Clyde and Lisa Johnson.

"I've been a Scholar Athlete throughout high school, maintaining a 3.9 cumulative GPA all while playing varsity soccer, varsity football and working at Kroger. I always strive to achieve academic excellence and continue to challenge myself by taking Advanced Placement level courses. I am a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and am active in their Boys to Men youth Group. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, soccer and helping others when they are in need."

Other Student Comments: Cameron is one of the student leaders of Independence High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, TRIO Educational Talent Search, Ambassador on the Columbus City Schools Superintendents' Cabinet and a Young Scholar with The Ohio State University. Cameron is a well-rounded and exceptional student-athlete and is very deserving of this accolade.

Week 04

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Allie McCrady Allie McCrady
William V. Fisher Catholic High School

2013-2014: 4.1

Athletic Achievement: Captain of varsity Volleyball team (2014), Captain of the junior varsity Basketball team (2013), Captain of XCITE Club Volleyball team (2014), member or Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Assn. Scholarship Society (2014).

Community Involvement: Coordinator of American Red Cross blood drives at Fisher Catholic, volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Society, volunteer of united Way Community Care Day, altar server at St. Bernadette Church, Eucharistic Minister at Fisher Catholic.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Hunter Pharis Hunter Pharis
Harvest Preparatory School

2014-2015 GPA: 4.4

College Commitment: TBD (Penn and Cornell are possibilities)

Athletic Achievement:
Football:
2014: JJ Huddle Pre-Season 1st Team; All-Ohio LB 2nd year as Team Captain
2013: 123 tackles, 16 TFL's, 6 sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD; 1st Team All-League, District and Honorable Mention Al-Ohio LB.
2012: 2nd Team All-League, District LB. School record 22 tackles in 1 game

Week 05

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Michael Ford Michael Ford
Watkins Memorial High School

2013-2014: 3.589

Athletic Achievement: I am a captain this year. Im a 3-year Varsity football letterman and a 2-year Varsity baseball letterman. I also won the Archie Griffin Award in 8th grade.

Community Involvement: I have been doing a food drive with my grandparents since 6th grade. I also help with the youth baseball and football camps.

Student Bio: I am on the honor roll and Im in the National Honor Society. Im also in Ski Club.

Other Comments: Mike is an outstanding young man. He is a leader in the school. Mike is captain of the football team,  chosen by a vote of his peers " which I feel is a compliment to his leadership.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Mitch Willis Mitch Willis
Newark Catholic High School

2013-2014: 3.84

Athletic Achievement: 3-sport athlete; Varsity in football, basketball and baseball. Played in one football state championship and was on the team for one baseball state championship. In 2013, All-District honorable mention. Football team won the LCL and was Regional Runner-Ups.

Community Involvement: Volunteered at Colerain Summer C.A.R.E. for 4 years as an assistant counselor for mentally handicapped youth. I have been involved with the NC Key Club for 3 years. 2015 Class President for Newark Catholic.

Student Bio: I have been involved with sports and athletics all of my life. I went to grade school and junior high at St. Pius X. I have always set academics as a priority, as well as my constant goal to strive to be a better person. I love to help others and I am always looking for an opportunity to experience something new.

Week 06

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Dassan Jefferson Dassan Jefferson
Whitehall-Yearling High School


 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Reed Clark Reed Clark
Columbus Academy


Week 07

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Jacob Shuford Jacob Shuford
Walnut Ridge High School


 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Ayanna Marlowe Ayanna Marlowe
Eastmoor Academy High School


Week 08

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Blake Baker Blake Baker
Gahanna Lincoln High School


 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Kyle Kimball Kyle Kimball
Grove City High School


Week 09

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Game Schedule

Date Time Teams Final Score
08/28 7:00PM New Albany at Reynoldsburg 36-35
09/04 7:00PM Marysville at Hayes 20-13
09/11 7:00PM Independence at Westerville Central 20-49
09/18 7:00PM Fisher Catholic at Harvest Prep 7-32
09/25 7:00PM Newark Catholic at Watkins Memorial 3-10
10/02 7:00PM Whitehall at Columbus Academy 34-23
10/09 7:00PM Eastmoor at Walnut Ridge 14-33
10/16 7:00PM Gahanna at Grove City 10-0
10/23 7:00PM Bloom Carroll at Hamilton Township 12-35
10/30 7:00PM Licking Valley at Granville 24-17

Voices of the Game

The CW Columbus :: Sports - TNL - Vocies - Jeff Randy Rhinehart: In-Game Play-by-Play Announcer
With 25 years experience covering more than 15 different sports in central Ohio, from high school to professional level, it’s been said Rhinehart is the most versatile play-by-play man in the region.
The CW Columbus :: Sports - TNL - Vocies - Jeff Logan Jeff Logan: Color Commentary
Logan’s background on the field as an Ohio State player combined with his analyst experience at The Ohio State Football radio network makes him a natural fit.
The CW Columbus :: Sports - TNL - Vocies - Mike Todd Mike Todd:Sideline Reporting
As The Columbus Blue Jacket’s In-Arena Host, Mike's always positive personality and industry experience will enable him to deliver meaningful stories and insights directly from coaches and players in-game.