The top scholars in the high school football Class of 2013 will be honored Wednesday night at Martin's West during the 50th annual Scholar Athlete Award dinner, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The event, postponed from two weeks ago due to a forecast for inclement weather, honors 80 student-athletes from Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick Harford and Howard counties, with five regional winners sharing $20,000 worth of scholarship money.
In addition to players honors, last fall's best football teams will be recognized. The three state champions from the greater Baltimore area — River Hill, Dunbar and Middletown — will receive the Ben Eaton Sr. Championship Award, named for the late Dunbar coach who led the Poets to the 2004 and 2006 Class 1A state championships.
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Gilman, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion, will receive the A. Paul Merton Award as the top-rated high school program in the Baltimore area last fall.
The National Football League Former Players Chapter will also recognize one football player for the Courage Award, citing his accomplishments on and off the field.
The nominees for the scholar-athlete awards are: Austin Altman, River Hill; Timothy Anderson, Liberty; Alec Auwaerter, St. Paul's; Marc Badger, Fallston; Eric Bayer, North Harford; Andrew Beck, City; Brandon Blanchard, Chesapeake-AA; Cordell Boggs, Francis Scott Key; Marcus Bosche, Catoctin; Thomas Burke, Mount Hebron; Ja'kwa'un Caldwell. Annapolis; Ryder Cavey, Century; Lavon Chaney, South River; Zachary Chmielewski, Perry Hall; Hunter Cox, Meade; Clayton Cuddington, Dulaney; Mike Cuenca, Winters Mill; Jack Dawes, Marriotts Ridge; Brandon Dixon, Catonsville; Joseph Dodge, Eastern Tech; Arnett Dorsey Jr., Hammond; Drew Dziwulski, Glenelg; Quinn Flaks, Gilman; John Friedman, Howard; Michael Fulton, Old Mill; Alex Gambrell, John Carroll; Daniel Gebhart, North Carroll; Isaiah Gills, Harford Tech; Brian Glueck, Reservoir; Kyle Gorham, Havre de Grace; Eric Grantland, Northeast; Adam Greene, Broadneck; Nathanael Haase, Wilde Lake; Jacob Harant, Archbishop Curley; Ian Heising, Southern; William Hudson, McDonogh; Jordan Jenkins, Loyola; Dan Johnson, Westminster; Parker Johnson, Middletown; Stephen Kelly, Calvert Hall; Brandon Lawrence, Dundalk; Thomas Lehner, Sparrows Point; Shawn Magginson, New Town; Griffin Marge, Patterson Mill; Anthony McNeil, Milford Mill; Michael Minter, Severna Park; Eric Montag, Long Reach; Benjamin Morales, North County; Caleb Moretz, C. Milton Wright; Na'Vonte Moses, Patterson; Nathan Nenortas, Towson; Joseph O'Connell, Mount St. Joseph; Brady Orem, Franklin; Colin Parks, Patapsco; Matthew Petrik, Archbishop Spalding; Zachary Plotkin, Atholton; Blaine Price, Brunswick; Ben Priddy, Severn; Teon Ransom, Dunbar; James Riss, Oakland Mills; Andrew Roswell, Boys' Latin; Aaron Roy, Manchester Valley; Christopher Sexton, Centennial; Juwan Singletary, Bel Air; Andre Small, Western Tech; Christopher Smith, Parkville; Kristofer Smith, Chesapeake-BC; Walter Smoloski, St. Mary's; Cody Snell, South Carroll; Aaron Stanley, Poly; Christopher Taormino, Hereford; William Tharpe, Walkersville; Barellie Thompson, W.E.B. DuBois; Maurice Trusty, Joppatowne; Dante Warfield, Aberdeen; Brendan Wharton, Urbana; Bryon Wiley, Woodlawn; Wyatt Williams, Edgewood; Tyler Young, Arundel; and Kevin Yrizarry, Owings Mills.