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Scholar Athlete of the Week

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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 a 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.

2013 Scholar Athletes

Week 10

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Kristina Pickett Kristina Pickett
Hamilton Township HS

Kristina Pickett has a GPA of 4.12 and she's ranked first in her class of 197 students! She lettered in both track and basketball and was named team captain and Mid-State League honorable mention in basketball. She's also participated on the volleyball and softball teams. In addition to sports, Kristina volunteers through the National Honor Society as a tutor and also at a local armory giving gifts to children during the holiday season. 
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Trent Congrove Trent Congrove
Logan Elm HS

Trent Congrove has a GPA of 3.95. He is a three-sport athlete who has letteres an received Mid-State League honors in football, basketball and baseball. He is currently captain of the football team. Outside of sports, Trent has volunteered with the Special Olympics and taken part in the United Way Community Care Day. He's also a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and the National Council on Youth Leadership. 

Week 09

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Anthony Wing Anthony Wing
Newark Catholic High School

Anthony has a GPA of 3.74 and he lettered in football, wrestling and track.  He won the Ironman Award for never missing a wrestling practice or meet and won Most Improved Sprinter his freshman year in track.  In football, Anthony started on defense in the 2012 state championship game.

Off the field, he volunteers for the Special Olympics, Goodwill and his church.
He also umpires little league games and coaches at youth football camps.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Jennifer Obrist Jennifer Obrist
Granville High School

Jennifer is captain of the varsity field hockey team and has a GPA of 4.2. She won a sportsmanship award in both Her freshman and sophomore years. Along with field hockey, she has also been on the track team.Jennifer is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Student Council, on which she is the senior class Vice President. Outside of school, she participates in Young Life and church. 

Week 08

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

Trey is a multi-sport athlete who is heavily committed to community involvement. He is a two year varsity letter winner in football and three year varsity letter winner in hockey. Trey sits on the board of the Mason Woods Charitable Foundation and has served over 400 hours of community service. He currently holds a 4.4 GPA and plans to attend The University of Alabama next fall on an academic scholarship.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - McKenna Davis McKenna Davis
Westerville South High School

While McKenna is a two year varsity letter winner in tennis and a three year varsity letter winner in lacrosse, she excels just as much in the classroom with a 4.7056 grade point average. She is also a member of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, a leader in her high school youth group, and volunteers at her church's food pantry. McKenna is the only student in Westerville Schools history to be awarded a full International Baccalaureate diploma at the end of Junior year.

Week 07

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Brady Bohl Brady Bohl
Dublin Jerome High School

Brady has a GPA of 3.8. He is captain of the golf team on which he is a four time varsity letter winner. Brady has made first team all OCC three times and is a two time division one state champion. Brady and his family purchase gifts for families in need through the Welcome Warehouse "Adopt a Family" program. He has also volunteered at New Life Church on Sunday mornings serving breakfast to the homeless.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Spencer Talentino Spencer Talentino
Dublin Scioto High School

Spencer is a 2 year varsity baseball and 3 year varsity football letter winner for which he was named an all league honorable mention in his junior year. He is a member of the National Honor Society and link club. Spencer is also an Eagle Scout and works at a Dublin nursing home. His GPA is 4.32.

Week 06

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Darius Ford Darius Ford
Beechcroft High School

Darius is a triathlete that excels in the classroom as well. He is a 3 year varsity football starter, 2 year varsity basketball starter, and has lettered 2 years in track. He currently holds a 3.1 GPA, is a member of the Alpha Esquires and volunteers in the community at the Hot Chocolate Run and at the Columbus Knight Raiders. Darius' options for college are Kentucky, Akron and Toledo.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Meibeline Suazo Meibeline Suazo
Mifflin High School

Originally from Honduras, Meibeline is heavily involved in both sports and her community. She is a 4 sport athlete with a GPA of 3.4. Her community involvement includes being a member of National Honor Society, Soldier & Soldierette and a volunteer at Chase Leadership Academy.

Week 05

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Carl Smith, Jr. Carl Smith, Jr.
Walnut Ridge High School

Carl W. Smith, Jr. is both a multi-sport athlete and great student in the classroom. During all four years of his high school career, he has held a 4.0 GPA, been ranked top of his class, and lettered on the golf, bowling, and tennis teams at Walnut Ridge. Carl is also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council and the marching/concert band. Outside the classroom, he is a part of his church's youth group and has volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Carl plans to attend The Ohio State University next fall. 
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Cameron McCuen Cameron McCuen
Marion-Franklin High School

Cameron has a GPA of 3.5. He plays football for Marion Franklin and also volunteers at the food pantry. During the holidays he likes to spend most of his time helping local churches. He is currently enrolled at DeVry University and when he graduates from high school he will already have an Associate's Degree. He plans on continuing his education at The Ohio State University.

Week 04

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Kelly Culbertson Kelly Culbertson
Bishop Ready High School

Kelly is a 4 year varsity football stater (2 year captain and 3rd team all-Ohio) as well as senior captain on the varsity basketball team. His involvement does not end with just spots. Kelly volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Run the Race, and Thanksgiving food drives. He has been Honor Roll student during his entire high school career, currently holding a 3.19 GPA.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Dylan Rice Dylan Rice
Whitehall-Yearling High School

Dylan Rice is a 3 year letter winner in football and track & field. He is an exceptional student off the field with a 4.4 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society. Community involvement is also important to Dylan, as he takes part in the Whitehall community clean-up and assists with animal rescue and spay/neuter programs.

Week 03

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Hayden Stofcheck Hayden Stofcheck
North Union High School

Hayden is not only a fantastic student athlete, but he is also an individual who cares about his school, community and classmates. Currently maintaining a 3.88 GPA, Hayden is a 3 sport letter winner in football, basketball and track. He is looked upon as a leader and is involved in many school activities such as student council.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Robert Robert "Lee" Solomon
Columbus Academy

Lee Solomon is an outstanding student, athlete and person. During his high school years, Lee has shown leadership in the classroom, on the field and in the hallways. He currently holds a 3.58 GPA. Teachers, coaches and peers have enormous respect for Lee and others look to him as a guide, a leader and a moral compass. Lee was one of only four students chosen by the faculty to serve on the school Discipline and Honor Committee.

Week 02

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Zachary Popovec Zachary Popovec
Hilliard Bradley High School

Zach is a dedicated young man who has had a positive impact on the people, the schools, and the Hilliard City School's community.Academically, Zach has earned a 4.27 cumulative GPA and a class rank of 10 during his academic career. He has challenged himself in the classroom, as he is currently taking four Advanced Placement courses.Outside of the classroom, Zach has had an equally successful career as a student athlete. He has been a member of our football and basketball programs at Hilliard Bradley. In addition, Zach has also been an active member in the student body, participating in different clubs and service projects.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Alyssa Rice Alyssa Rice
Reynoldsburg High School

In addition to being the top basketball recruit from the Class of 2014, Alyssa is also one of top students in her class academically. She has a Grade point average of 4.4. She is a four year basketball player. Alyssa is 1st Team All-State, 1st Team all-district and 1st team all-conference OCC. In addition to basketball, she is an active member of her church, a member of the National Honor Society and the Leo Club.

Week 01

The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Veronica Garcia Veronica Garcia
Northland High School

Veronica is a multi-sport athlete and excellent student in the classroom. She has been the girls soccer captain for 3 years including MVP in 2012 and is now in her third year on the swimming team. Veronica is also a member of the Northland marching band and has a 4.0 GPA. Peers describe Veronica as a kind, passionate and gifted leader on and off the field.
 
The CW Columbus - WWHO :: Friday Night Lights Football - Scholar Athlete - Amadou Ndongo Amadou Ndongo
Independence High School

Amadou is a highly motivated athlete who strives to be "above average." He is a 4 year varsity athlete participating in football, soccer and wresting, where he finished 7th in the city his junior year. As a member of three sports teams, Amadou maintains a 4.4 GPA. Off the field, Amadou participates in a reading program with elementary students with National Honor Society, helps clean the Ronald McDonald house, and uses his musical gifts singing and dancing at community gatherings and events. His teachers call him "magnetic" and say he always has a smile on his face.

Game Schedule

Date Time Teams Final Score
08/29 7:00PM Northland at Independence 20-18
09/05 7:00PM Reynoldsburg at Hilliard Bradley 33-21
09/12 7:00PM North Union at Columbus Academy 30-24 (OT)
09/19 7:00PM Bishop Ready at Whitehall 49 - 19
09/26 7:00PM Walnut Ridge at Marion-Franklin 7 - 22
10/03 7:00PM Beechcroft at Mifflin 20-21
10/10 7:00PM Dublin Jerome at Dublin Scioto 20-42
10/17 7:00PM Westerville Central at Westerville South 54-35
10/24 7:00PM Newark Catholic at Granville 25-8
10/31 7:00PM Hamilton Township at Logan Elm 24-21

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.