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Finalists for 2013 scholar athletes

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NATHAN ARIZA

MANCHESTER

Academics: 4.192 GPA; 32 ACT; National Honor Society president, co-valedictorian.

Soccer: Scored 15 goals and had seven assists; a first-team All-PAC and All-District selection; named team’s most improved player. Track and field: scored 39 points total via five events: 300-meter hurdles, 100, 200, 400 relay and 800 relay.

Community: An Eagle Scout in the Boys Scouts of America; member of chemistry club, mock trial and key club.

 

DAN FANELLY

GREEN

Academics: 3.619 GPA; 28 ACT. Will attend the College of Wooster and play basketball.

Golf: Four-year letter winner; Division I district qualifier as a senior. Basketball: Three-year letter winner; team MVP as a senior on team with 21-3 record; All-Ohio Division I first-team selection as a senior; Northeast Ohio Inland District Player of the Year; All-Suburban League first-team selection; averaged 19.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.5 blocks and 2.2 assists per game; also made 61 percent of field-goal attempts. Volleyball: Second-team all-district choice as a senior.

Community: Member of the Leadership Team in the Suburban League; volunteer teacher with special-needs children at Green; named Mr. Bulldog at Green.

 

COLE FRANCETIC

WALSH JESUIT

Academics: 3.599 GPA; 28 ACT; National Honor Society.

Cross country: Four-year letter winner; state qualifier three out of four years in Division I; Academic All-Ohio; All-North Coast League first-team selection. Swimming and diving: Four-year letter winner as a diver; state qualifier twice in Division I; All-North Coast League second-team selection; school record holder in diving: 11 dives (334.75 points) and 6 dives (209.85 points). Track and field: Three-year letter winner in the pole vault; All-North Coast League first-team selection.

Community: Volunteer in the Red Cross Blood Drive and the Soap Box Derby; a student ambassador; worker in the Big Warrior-Little Warrior Mentor Program and in the Buckeye Boys State, Clerk of Court of Appeals. Will attend the University of Dayton.

 

BEN GEDEON

HUDSON

Academics: 4.14 GPA; 27 ACT.

Football: Starter at linebacker on defense and running back on offense; led Hudson to two consecutive Division I playoff appearances as a junior and senior and the past three Northeast Ohio Conference River Division titles; as a senior: first-team selection for All-Ohio and All-District; NOC River first-team choice, Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete; played in the Ohio North-South Game. Basketball: Starter at forward; as a senior: key member of first 20-win season in school history that won the NOC River title and was a Division I district runner-up.

Community: Volunteer for several community service projects with teammates; recipient of the Hudson High School “Character Award” named after Marion Albee, the Ray Hyser Award and the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. Will attend the University of Michigan on a football scholarship.

 

JACOB MOORE

ROOTSTOWN

Academics: 4.0 GPA; 27 ACT; class valedictorian; National Honor Society.

Football: Four-year letter winner; All-Portage Trail Conference County Division first-team defensive lineman as a senior with 102 tackles; also an offensive lineman.

Wrestling: Division III state champion at 220 pounds as a senior with a 40-3 record; also a champ in the PTC County, sectional and district meets.

Community: Church volunteer; member of student council and prom committee; Rootstown High School’s Manhood Award winner. Will attend Princeton University on a wrestling scholarship.

 

BILLY REEVES

CHIPPEWA

Academics: 4.156 GPA; 34 ACT; valedictorian in class of 118.

Golf: Three-year letter winner; member of district qualifying team as a senior.

Basketball: Three-year letter winner; averaged 12 points per game as a senior. Baseball: Three-year letter winner; starting center fielder as a senior on team that won the Wayne County Athletic League and was a district runner-up.

Community: Volunteer on mission trips to New York and in Haiti, and at church; served as tutor to underclassmen at Chippewa. Will attend Wheaton College.

 

JOEL RICH

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

Academics: 4.2 GPA; 26 ACT; National Honor Society.

Football: Three-year letter winner; All-Ohio first team selection in Division V as a defensive lineman as a senior; third-team All-Ohio as a junior; Academic All-Ohio. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; district finalist in the hurdle events; contributed on relays; Academic All-Ohio.

Community: Volunteer in the Hammer and Nails program; served as middle school track and field coach; member of Spanish club and Key club; senior class president; will attend Boston College on a football scholarship.

 

ZANE VIERHELLER

ORRVILLE

Academics: 4.10 GPA; 30 ACT, National Honor Society president.

Football: Three-year letter winner as a lineman; captain; played on three playoff teams in Division IV; All-Ohio Cardinal Conference first-team selection as a senior and honorable mention all-district. Wrestling: Four-year letter winner; captain.

Community: Volunteer at church food pantry, relay for life and young life.

 

DORIAN WILLIAMS

STREETSBORO

Academics: 3.9 GPA; 28 ACT; National Honor Society.

Football: Senior leader at running back and defensive back on a team that made Division IV playoffs; rushed for more than 2,200 yards as a senior with 27 touchdowns; also made 75 tackles (eight for loss) with two sacks, six interceptions and three forced fumbles; named the Northeast Ohio Inland District Defensive Player of the Year; All-Ohio first-team selection; All-Portage Trail Conference first-team running back.

Basketball: Letter winner and solid on offense and defense.

Track and field: Division II state qualifier in the 800-meter relay; also runs the 200 and 400 individually.

Community: Youth camp worker for football and basketball camps; read to elementary schools for Right to Read Week; volunteer at area retirement home, soup kitchen and park cleanup.

 

ZACHARY ZUERCHER

NORDONIA

Academics: 4.053 GPA; 30 ACT.

Football: Three-year letter winner; two-way starter at wide receiver and cornerback; helped Knights make Division I playoff appearance as a senior. Swimming: Four-year letter winner and versatile competitor; All-Suburban League first-team selection as a senior with four league titles; holds nine school records.

Track and field: Earned one letter in the pole vault.

Community: Recipient of Akron Council of Engineering-Science Society Scholarship, the Nordonia PTSA Scholarship and the Nordonia Superintendent’s Award; OHSAA Scholar Athlete nominee.

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KAYLA ANDERSEN

STOW

Academics: 4.374 GPA; 34 ACT; 2,090 SAT; National Honor Society.

Cross country: Four-year letter winner; four-year regional qualifier; three-year All-Northeast Ohio Conference selection.

Track and field: Four-year letter winner; All-NOC selection.

Community: Volunteer with organizations; National Merit Commended Student with straight A’s throughout high school; trumpet player in the high school band.

 

REBEKAH FORBES

NORTHWESTERN

Academics: 4.0 GPA; 32 ACT; National Honor Society.

Athletics: A letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track and field. Leading rebounder in basketball and the recipient of the Robert Miller Award.

Community: Volunteer with organizations; performer in the band and color guard; captain of the color guard; volunteer in young life.

 

KELLY GOUGH

HUDSON

Academics: 3.84 GPA; 24 ACT;

Soccer: Team MVP and captain as a senior; first-team All-District selection and second-team All-Ohio choice.

Basketball: Senior captain; honorable mention in the Northeast Ohio Conference.

Softball: Team MVP; All-NOC River Division choice.

Community: Volunteer for several community projects; instructor and coach in the Hudson Youth Soccer League; Named Hudson Female Athlete of the Year; NOC Scholar Athlete; recipient of the Ray Hyser Award.

 

ALLIE GRIFFITH

ARCHBISHOP HOBAN

Academics: 4.2 GPA; National Honor Society.

Soccer: Three-year letter winner; as a senior: honorable mention in the North Coast League, selected to play in the GASSCA All-Star Game; named Defensive MVP. Basketball: Four-year letter winner; three-year starter at point guard; two-year captain; won Best Defensive Player award twice; named All-NCL first-team as a senior. Track and field: Four-year letter winner; Division I regional qualifier in three events as a junior; MVP as freshman, sophomore and junior; led team to three NCL titles; scored over 550 career points.

Community: Volunteer with ACCESS at an Akron homeless shelter; Camp Christopher SumFun Camp; Glenmary Farm Trip in Kentucky; Project Hope and at Peter Maurin Center for underprivileged people in Akron; class president all four years; student ambassador; peer mentor; school newspaper reporter for two years, news feature editor as a senior; member of Junior Leadership Akron; won Hoban’s Monsignor Dowed School Spirit Award. Will attend University of Notre Dame.

 

CHASE KINNEY

JACKSON

Academics: 4.5 GPA, 27 ACT.

Cross country: Four-year letter winner; Academic All-Ohio; All-Federal League as a junior and second team as the three other years. Swimming: Four-year letter winner; Division I state champion as a junior in the 50-yard freestyle and as a senior in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; holds state record time in each event (22.53 seconds in the 50 and 49.70 in the 100); three-time Federal League Swimmer of the Year; All-American four times in the 50 and two times in the 100; Academic All-American; holds 10 school records, five sectional records and two district records.

Track and field: Three-year letter winner; earned All-Federal first-team and second-team honors.

Softball: Earned one letter.

Community: Member of the Federal League Student Leadership Council. Will attend the University of Wisconsin on a swimming scholarship.

 

EMILY KOTNIK

NORDONIA

Academics: 4.095 GPA; 33 ACT; National Honor Society.

Cross country: Two-year letter winner; honorable mention in the Suburban League; helped Knights win Suburban League title and make a Division I regional appearance.

Track and field: Two-year letter winner; All-Suburban League second-team selection in the 3,200 meter relay.

Community: Volunteer at church women’s group and youth group; contributed on mission trips to rehab homes for underprivileged children in Brecksville; recipient of the Principal’s Award, the Superintendent’s Award and the Presidential Award of Excellence.

 

QUINN LENTZ

FIRESTONE

Academics: 4.43 GPA; 31 ACT; class valedictorian; National Honor Society.

Cross country: Three-year letter winner; captain; All-City Series Academic team all four years; member of two City Series championship teams and two runner-up teams.

Softball: Four-year letter winner; All-City Series Academic team all four years; as a senior: compiled a batting average over .300. a slugging percentage over .450 and an on-base percentage over .430 to earn All-City Series honors.

Community: Volunteer at Blood Drive; Vice President of the Spanish Club and a tutor to others; National Merit Commended Scholar; recognized as a Scholar Athlete and recipient of several awards by multiple outlets.

 

KENNEDY PAYNE

WALSH JESUIT

Academics: 3.722 GPA; 23 ACT; National Honor Society.

Soccer: Four-year letter winner; member of teams that won state titles in 2010 and 2012 and were state semifinalists in 2009 and 2011; won four district and regional titles; second-leading scorer as a senior; two-time All-North Coast League second-team selection.

Track and field: Four-year letter winner; team’s MVP sprinter as a sophomore, junior and senior; state placer; regional finalist; district champion; two-time All-NCL first-team selection.

Community: Volunteer at Salvation Army, Sumner on Ridgewood Nursing Home in Copley and Coats for Kids in Akron; Catholic Youth Organization volleyball assistant coach; member of Art Club, school newspaper and a student ambassador. Will attend College of Wooster and compete in soccer and track and field.

 

ERIKA RECTOR

GREEN

Academics: 3.69 GPA; National Honor Society.

Volleyball: All-Suburban League first-team selection. Basketball: All-Suburban League second-team honoree, averaged 10 points, six rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior. Track and field: Division I state placer in 800 meters as a senior after winning district and regional titles; holds the school record in the 800 at 2:13.35; also a state qualifier in relay events.

Community: Volunteer with multiple organizations; athletic office aide.

 

LISA STOUT

SPRINGFIELD

Academics: 4.142 GPA; 25 ACT; class valedictorian.

Cross country: Three-year letter winner; honorable mention in Portage Trail Conference Metro Division. Volleyball: Earned one letter.

Bowling: Three-year letter winner; member of team that qualified for the state tournament. Track and field: Four-year letter winner.

Community: Volunteer at Rock the Docks gift wrapping, Young Carnival Wrestling Tournament and craft shows; study table assistant; peer tutor; OHSAA Scholar Athlete; recipient of the University of Akron Presidential Scholarship, the President’s Award for Educational Achievement and the State Board of Education Award of Merit.

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