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1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Area, MVP Offence, MVP Team,Team Captain
Summer 2012 was awarded top 200 athlete nationwide in the Blue / Grey combine series.
I am a Senior at Western High School, Russiaville, IN. I participated in 3 sports during my high school and middle school career; Football, Wrestling, and Track.
Football I am a 4 year starter and play both ways. On offense, I start at runningback/fullback (4.75 forty). Defense I start at middle linebacker. Special teams, punter.
I have been recognized as all conference, all area, team MVP, offensive MVP, team leading scorer, and Team Captain.
Track I have run the 100, 4x1, and throw shot and disk. 100 time: 11.2 shot: 41' 9" disk: 130
Solid academics and will graduate May 2013 Core 40 w/honors. I will pursue a degree in exercise science.
I take leadership very serious and personal. Many student-athletes take for granted their impact on the community in which they live. It is humbling to have an elementary age child walk up and ask you for your autograph. I will never forget the first time this happened to me. We must always carry ourselves in a positive manner; we are not only representing our schools, but also our families. But one thing that has always pulled me a little harder than most is the unwavering self-sacrifice our military members provide for us to live free. This is the ultimate in community service and they do it without much fanfare, no screaming fans, no bright lights, and no big tailgate parties. They "just do it"! Most come home and some simply don't. They come home to a different place, without those bright Friday night lights. They may have lost their home, they may have lost their family, and in a lot of cases, have a difficult time transitioning back to everyday life.
I felt like I wanted to make a difference within my community and school. So during the summer (2012) prior to this school year I decided to do something bigger than me. I wanted to make a difference to those that have served from our community that would not go away. A lasting tribute to those that have served, are serving, and one day will graduate from our school and serve our great Nation.
I came up with a plan to erect a memorial around our flag pole at our athletic complex. I presented this idea to our athletic director and school board with a plan to build it and fund it with no cost or obligation to our school. They approved it and I moved forward with the plan and received donations of not only money, but time, materials, and labor from area contractors who made this dream a reality.
Once this project was completed, I had approval for a dedication and recognition night during the football season. It was simply called, "Military Recognition Night" and took place on Sept. 28, 2012. It was a home game with one of our county rivals, Eastern Comets.
The game was not the important event of the evening and it could not have been planned any better if you would have had a crystal ball. You see, during the summer, Howard County experienced a death of one of our brave young men in Afghanistan and then on July 7, 2012, a graduate from my school had been wounded from a road side bomb in Afghanistan also. On this day, Sgt. Atwell was being flown in for his visitation and funeral, just down the road from our school. Prior to this, it was decided that Zach Nelson, the soldier who was injured and is disabled from the road side bomb, would be recognized this night. This would be the first night that Cpl. Nelson had been out in public since coming home. Suddenly, my project took on a whole new, deeper meaning. I knew its purpose, I did not expect it to evolve and come together in such a manner. This was not a fundraising event for the project and we directed all donations would go to Cpl. Nelson and we were able to raise about $5000.00 for him. Remember, no crystal ball.
The night was supported by our local military recruiting offices, Color Guard from Grissom Air Force Base, displays of military equipment, and the local fire department with a ladder truck over our main gate flying our American Flag. The Indiana National Guard even donated camouflage jerseys for our team. The atmosphere was electric and it was standing room only all around the complex. In 4 years I have never seen that many people at a home football game. I thought it would be big, but it was beyond my wildest dreams. I have played in Lucas Oil Stadium, but this night was without a doubt the best experience.
You see, making a difference in others’ lives is what it is about for me. I may not be the loudest mouthed kid, I really never have been. Actions speak louder than words and our actions are seen every day, whether we realize it or not.
I am providing a link to a story on this project and game. You can also look it up on the Kokomo Tribune website. http://kokomotribune.com/sports/x354170320/Panthers-enjoy-win-but-savor-chance-to-honor-military/print http://kokomotribune.com/local/x403296193/Western-students-create-monument-for-soldiers
I have been fortunate to have parents that have provided an educated guidance and approach towards being proactive towards my health. So, from a young age, my parents have provided positive nutrition and guidance that specifically coincides with my athletic performance.
As my father says, "you can't run a race car on watered down fuel". To perform at my best, I must eat clean, wholesome food. This is my energy to perform on the field, in the weight room, and in the class room. Don't get me wrong, I am young, and yes, I do have my "comfort foods". But, when the majority of my time spent is performing, I must fuel my engine. You can still have comfort foods from time to time; it breaks up the routine of eating the same types of carbs, proteins, and fats that it takes to be your best.
It was hard when I started going to combines and camps. You did not see many kids carrying coolers, eating and drinking something in between sessions or stations. But, those who did, performed. Trust me, I tried to reinvent the wheel and not eat when I should, but I did not perform to my best. Times suffered, drills were not quite as crisp, etc.. I have had teammates say, "How do you keep your weight and size during two-a-days?"
The same goes for the classroom. You hear teachers and students both complain that, students don't pay attention in class, or I just cannot stay awake today. Look at what the average kid eats and it tells the story. If student-athletes do the average, sugar based cereal for breakfast at 6 in the morning and a lousy carbohydrate based lunch at noon, what do you expect will happen? You got it, no fuel in their gas tank and subpar performance. Their body has had nothing of value since the night before, and that is if the parent did not just throw a pizza or McDonalds down their kid’s throat. By the time they get to practice, they are in a caloric deficit. Then they don't get home until 7 or 8 that evening for another lousy meal.
I have been taught to carry a cooler since probably the 6th grade. My middle school football coach told my parents one time that I was the only kid he has ever had that walked down the hall before practice eating a sandwich and drinking a jug of water. I learned that from my cousin, Corbin Louks who was recruited by the Utah Utes and the Nevada Wolfpack. He is now a Seattle Seahawk and a great role model.
You see, in the 6th grade I hit a growth spurt and my parents knew that they had to ramp it up for me in a positive manner. That is when my father put me with my still to this day strength and speed coach, Chad Coy. I learned real quick that my parents were not kidding me about being healthy. He had the exact same teachings when it came to nutrition. You cannot get bigger, stronger, and faster without proper nutrition and plenty of rest. It is a lifestyle, no; it is my lifestyle and always will be. I am not average and I don't want to be. I have even helped my teammates with this part of the student-athlete equation.
I have built a great foundation and I know that I will continue to get stronger and bigger, and faster. Just as you would build a house, you must start with the building blocks of the foundation. That is what I have done and at 6ft tall and 230lbs, this house has room for addition on this frame. But only with the proper materials.
Throughout my high school career I have participated in volunteer efforts within my community. Organizations such as United Way, Howard Haven (local organization), and student mentoring programs. It is important to me to reach out and give my time, not for the "hey, look at me". I have been brought up in a home with great examples, my parents that have always taught that you give back. Try and make things better for those less fortunate or those that may just need a hand. However, I have a strong admiration for our military service members and have recently spearheaded a recognition program within my school and community that recognizes and commemorates the sacrifice of our men and women in the military.
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