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Scholar Athlete of the Week
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.
2012 Scholar Athletes
Week Two Scholar Athletes
New Albany High School
Justin is an all-around athlete, competing in track and field, rowing, football, soccer and ski club. His accomplishments extend into both the classroom and the community. A National Honor Society Officer and his Class Treasurer, Justin volunteers at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and Tray Lee Center, where he tutored under-privileged youth, coached them in athletics and instructed them on how to raise a garden. He was awarded the Paul B. Redman Youth Leadership award in August 2012 for his volunteer work at Tray Lee Center, specifically for his gardening work. Justin carries a 4.3 GPA.
Olentangy High School
Brian is described as a selfless student who works intensely to encourage and better his peers within the Olentangy High School community and beyond. President of the school's 400-member service club, Brian ensures those members contribute thousands of service hours throughout Delaware County organizations. Having taken 11 advanced placement courses in his curriculum, Brian is seeking a university with a strong engineering program to continue his education after high school. A natural leader, Brian mentors students at both his school and his church's youth group program. Brian carries a 4.2 GPA.
Week Three Scholar Athletes
Olentangy Liberty High School
Jim is an all-state cross country and track athlete who earned podium position at the Ohio Cross Country State Meet. While his athletic abilities are commendable, his achievement in the classroom is outstanding. As a senior, he excels in a full curriculum of advance placement courses, which earned him a 5.0 GPA this year. Beyond the classroom, Jim assisted in chemical research at The Ohio State University over the summer and volunteered at a food pantry, where he served food to homeless and under privileged community members.
Hilliard Davidson High School
Brian's personality, commitment to extracurricular activities and dedication to his community have earned him this Scholar Athlete recognition. He is a year-round athlete, competing on the soccer field, basketball court, baseball diamond and the track. Because of his energetic personality, he is motivated to volunteer at his church, The Miracle League Baseball Program and his community's youth soccer program as a coach and mentor. His sense of humor combined with his considerate attitude make him a person his friends, coaches and teachers respect and admire.
Week Four Scholar Athletes
Whitehall Yearling High School
Ifa is an athlete who excels both on and off the field. He is a four-year member of the varsity football squad, a two-year captain, who received honorable mention in the Mid-State League. In addition, he is team captain of the varsity wrestling team, and he holds the school record for 110 m hurdle on the varsity track team. His leadership does not end in athletics. He served as class president both his junior and senior year. He is also a two-year member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, Ifa has helped to organize a canned food drive, is a member of Central Ohio Leadership Academy at The Ohio State University, and helps tutor fellow students. Ifa carries a 4.44 GPA.
The Columbus Academy
Rhys is a two-way starter on the varsity football team, as Center and Defensive End, where hes earned a letter three years. He also competes on the basketball and tennis court, where he will earn letters in both sports this year. In his free time, he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, building houses in inner-city Columbus. He has a passion for athletics, but mostly focuses on academics. As a math and science lover, Rhys plans to pursue a degree and career in engineering. Rhys carries a 4.25 GPA
Week Five Scholar Athletes
Logan Elm High School
Kelly is a 17-year-old force in the classroom, her community and in her sports of choice: tennis and softball. Ranked first in her senior class, she carries a 4.2 GPA. Community involvement is paramount for Kelly. She's involved with Students Against Destructive Driving (SADD), Big Brothers Big Sisters and mentors at a summer tennis camp. She is also president of both her student body and the Key Club. Her skill on the tennis court earned her both silver and gold racket awards from her school, along with three county championships.
Amanda-Clearcreek High School
Carlie is a leader in the classroom and on the basketball and volleyball courts. She maintains a 3.9 GPA while serving as captain on both the varsity volleyball and basketball teams. Her commitment on the basketball court earned her a 4-year varsity letter, along with distinction in the Eagle Gazette as Player of the Week. Outside of school, Carlie volunteers with the Special Olympics and American Red Cross. Carlie says her parents, Mark and Marsha, always support her and encourage her to be the best she can be.
Week One Scholar Athletes
Marion Franklin High School
Demitrus is a multi-sport athlete, competing on the football field, wrestling mat and tennis court. He volunteers at The Neighborhood House and his local recreation center. In the classroom, teachers describe Demitrus as a natural leader who helps underclassmen as a tutor and role model.
Walnut Ridge High School
Quantasia is an all-star on the volleyball court, accumulating accolades of most-improved defensive specialist, most aces and team captain. Her involvement in the community inspired her to organize a fashion show for children called Youth Expressions. She also volunteers at a home for senior citizens. Quantasia also excels in the classroom. She is a four time honor roll recipient, a Martin Luther King Jr. scholar and Vice President of her school's National Honor Society.
|09/27||7:00PM||Marion Franklin at Walnut Ridge||7 - 6 Marion Franklin def. Walnut Ridge|
|10/04||7:00PM||Olentangy at New Albany||33 -14 New Albany def. Olentangy|
|10/11||7:00PM||Hilliard Davidson at Olentangy Liberty||28 - 7 Hilliard Davidson def. Olentangy Liberty|
|10/18||7:00PM||Whitehall at Columbus Academy||38 - 20 Columbus Academy def. Whitehall-Yearling|
|10/25||7:00PM||Amanda-Clearcreek at Logan Elm||35 -19 Logan Elm def. Amanda-Clearcreek|
Voices of the Game
|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.
|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.
|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.