GKCFCA honors scholar athletes

Kate Clisso/PrepsKC

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: March 7, 2011 - 3:44 PM

The 15th Annual Greater Kansas City Coaches Association Scholar Athlete Banquet was held Sunday at Avila University.


This year 22 football players from around the Metro were awarded $1,000 scholarships courtesy of The McCarthy Auto Group.


The event was hosted by PrepsKC Managing Editor Dion Clisso and featured former Kansas City Chief Dannan Hughes as the Key Note speaker in all 11 players from each side of the state line were honored in the annual event.


This year’s scholar athletes were:


Nicholas Bandy, Olathe Northwest High School

Nicholas is a three-year letterman in football and baseball and has also participated in basketball and track. He was a three-year starter on the football team at wide receiver where he has earned First Team All-Sunflower League, First Team All Olathe, All Metro Team, and First Team All-State. Other awards that he received were the Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner for Olathe Northwest, and his team’s Most Valuable Player. Nicholas was also selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl. Academically, Nick scored a 24 on his ACT and has a 3.85 GPA. Nicholas is an outstanding leader in his school where he belongs to the National Honor Society, Raven Link Crew, Student Naturalist, journalism, and yearbook. Nicholas will attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he will play football and pursue a degree in Business-Finance. Nicholas is also a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


Adrian Carder, Cass-Midway High School

Adrian has earned All-District honors both his junior and senior seasons while also earning All-County honors for his offensive line play. In addition to being a three-year letter winner in football he is a standout track and field athlete where he has been a member of two state qualifying relay teams. In the classroom Adrian has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA which places him at the top of his class. He has also garnered Conference Champion distinction in geometry and algebra. Adrian was selected as an Academic All-State Football player, and is a member of National Honor Society. He is the president of the Student Council and involved with Peer Leadership Group, Math Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and Boys State. Adrian is active in his church where he has served as the children’s pastor for two years.


PJ DeBey, Blue Valley High School

PJ has been a three year letterman for Blue Valley. He finished his Tiger career as the all-time leading receiver in both receptions and yardage. During his senior season, along with being an All-League and All-State wide receiver, PJ served as captain for a team that brought home the Kansas 5A State Championship. DeBey has distinguished himself as a leader in classroom as well as on the field. He currently carries a 4.06 grade point average and scored a 27 on the ACT. In addition, PJ has been on the President’s Honor Roll every year of High School along with being an East Kansas League Scholar Athlete all four years. He also is a member of Student Council and National Honor Society. He plans to attend Lindenwood University on a football scholarship.


Richard Davila, St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Richard Davila has been a three year letterman for St. Thomas Aquinas. His athletic achievements include recognition on the All-League, All-Metro and All-State teams as a Quarterback. Richard also was a nominee for the Simone award and for the Kansas Shrine Bowl. In his senior season, Richard was voted team captain and offensive player of the year by his teammates. He achieved all of these honors while maintaining a 3.5 GPA in the classroom. Richard plans to attend The University of Central Missouri on a football scholarship.


Cody Deterding, Platte County High School

Cody has been a three-year starter for Platte County. As a senior, he was selected to serve as a captain, served on the Leadership Council, and received the Leadership Award from the football program. Cody received All-Conference defensive back honors after both his junior and senior seasons. He was also selected as an all-state defensive back by both the Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press. Cody has also been involved with basketball and baseball. Off of the field he has continued to make academics his focus while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA and earning a 33 on his ACT. Cody has also been named as a National Hispanic Scholar, received two academic-all state awards by the MFCA, and has attended the Missouri Scholars Academy. He is also involved with the Character Council, the Superintendent Advisory Committee, and the National Honor Society.


Ross Dvorak, Louisburg High School

Ross is a three-year letterman in football and basketball where he was also selected as a Captain for both teams. Ross helped lead Louisburg to its first ever State Championship this season. For his play on the field Ross was selected First Team All-League as both an offensive and defensive lineman, he was also selected First Team All Tri-County and First Team All-State as an offensive lineman. In the classroom, Ross has earned a 3.95 GPA and he scored a 25 on the ACT. Ross is also active in many other areas of his school, he is a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Teens Against Tobacco, Big Brothers, the Student Advisory Council and he is President of Crime Stoppers. Ross plans to play football in college next year and will study either business or education.


Drew Humphreys, Shawnee Mission West High School

Drew was a three year letterman for Shawnee Mission West. He was an All-League selection in both his sophomore and junior seasons as well as voted the defensive player of the year by his teammates in his junior campaign. Although his high school career was shortened due to a major injury, he has earned the respect of his coaches, teammates, and opponents in his time as a West Viking. His academic accomplishments are truly unbelievable and have established him as a true scholar athlete. Drew currently carries a 4.77 GPA in mostly advanced placement classes. In addition, he scored a near perfect score of 33 on the ACT. Drew plans to attend the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship and pursue a degree in Engineering and then apply to medical school.


Ryan Karlin, Rockhurst High School

Ryan was one of only two full time two-way starters for his state champion football team, and was recognized as an honorable mention All-Metro and second team All-State linebacker for the Class 6 state champion Hawklets. Ryan carries a 3.8 GPA and has earned a 28 ACT score. He is actively involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honors Society, the Spirit Club, and the Spanish Club. Ryan is also a key contributor to the Senior Brothers program and has given over 100 community service hours.


Adam Klausing, Lee’s Summit West School

Adam was a two-year varsity letter winner and captain of the Lee’s Summit West’s state championship team. He was selected as an All-Conference and All-State offensive player along with being named the Lee’s Summit Journal Game Changer of the Week. Adam is also a premier athlete in Track and Field where he is a four year letter winner and currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Area as a Shot Put thrower. In the classroom, he holds a 4.14 GPA. He has also earned the Principal’s Honor Role status four consecutive years, Academic All-State, and the Rotary Club Student Leader of the Month twice. Adam has served on the Student Advisory Council, National Honor Society and is an active member of his church and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In college Adam plans on studying Engineering Management while participating in Track and Field at either Arkansas or Missouri S & T.


Justin McCandless, Free State High School

Justin is a three-year letterman in football and was selected First Team All-Sunflower League, All Metro, and First Team All-State all as an Offensive lineman. He was also selected to the Lawrence Journal World All Area Team. In the classroom, Justin has a 3.71 GPA and he scored a 25 on the ACT. His other school activities are National Honor Society, Key Club, and the Chamber Choir. Justin is also very active in the community which includes working for the Salvation Army, Link, Relay for Life, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Group. Justin is a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Next Fall Justin will attend Baker University on an academic and football scholarship where he plans to major in Sports Administration or Exercise Science.  


Chris Mershon, Lee’s Summit North High School

Chris has earned three varsity letters in his football career at Lee’s Summit North. His senior campaign, Chris earned all-conference honors as a first team linebacker and a second team offensive lineman as well as a second team all-state selection as a linebacker. The Lee’s Summit North football program also selected him as their Defensive Player of the Year and as the Mr. Bronco award winner.  Chris has also been involved with baseball, the debate team, orchestra, the National Honor Society, the German National Honor Society, the Student Senate and the Lee’s Summit North Ambassadors. In the classroom Chris has a 4.18 GPA and a score of 29 on the ACT.


Jacob Moore, Blue Springs South High School

Jacob is a two-time All-Conference Lineman, an All-Area and All-State selection. In addition to football he is a two-year letter winner as a shot and discus thrower on the track team. Jacob has established an outstanding reputation as a leader in the classroom with his 4.18 GPA and his 32 ACT score. Jacob is active in his church, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Forensics, and is the founder of the Blue Spring South Badminton Club. He has been a seven-semester member of the Principal’s Honor Roll, a Radio 610 Scholar Athlete of the Week, and a Sonic Scholar Athlete of the Week.


Alex Newell, Blue Valley High School

Alex Newell has been a three year letterman for Blue Valley. This season, Alex was one of only two, two-way starters for the Kansas 5A State Champion Tigers. Alex’s academic accomplishments have established him as a true scholar athlete. He currently carries a 4.28 GPA and scored a 32 on the ACT. In addition, Alex is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a mentor for special needs students at the school. Although undecided on which school to attend, Alex does plan to play football or baseball in college.


Jonathan Randle, Pleasant Hill High School

Jonathan Randle has earned three varsity letters as a member of the Roosters’ football team. After his senior season, he was honored as a first team All-Conference defensive back, a second team All-District defensive back, and was selected to the All-Conference Academic team after both his junior and senior seasons. In the classroom Jonathan has a 4.05 GPA with an ACT score of 28. At Pleasant Hill, Jonathan has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, track, wrestling, Boys State, the football ambassador program, as well as numerous community service projects with the Roosters football team.


Dylon Register, Wellington-Napoleon High School

Dylon has earned three varsity football letters while also garnering several post-season honors along the way. He was selected as an All-Conference offensive and defensive player and an All-State defensive back both his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the KMZU Dream Team, earned a WCMO Player of the Week and will participate in the Lion’s Club All-Star Game this summer. Dylon has earned a 4.0 GPA with an ACT score of 30. Outside of football Dylon is a leader in the National Honor Society, an active member of his church, and is also an Eagle Scout.


Jacob Rhodes, Turner High School

Jacob Rhodes has been a four year letterman for Turner. On the field, Jacob has been a part of the most successful four years in the 76-year history of the football program. During his junior year, the Golden Bears won eight games and won a district championship. He has been on the All Kaw Valley League team as a lineman since his sophomore year and an All-state lineman his junior and senior years. His pursuits in the classroom have mirrored his athletic exploits. Jacob currently carries a 3.6 GPA and has achieved the honor roll at Turner every year of high school. Although his football and classroom pursuits keep him very busy, Rhodes has found time to be a part of a youth mentorship program in the Turner Community during his senior year. Jacob plans to attend Washburn University on a football scholarship.


Jacob Sapp, Raymore-Peculiar High School

Jacob Sapp has earned two varsity football letters in his high school career. He has also received All-Conference Offensive Line honors and was chosen as the Raymore-Peculiar Lineman of the Year as a senior. Jacob has been an Academic All-State selection in both his junior and senior seasons. In addition to football Jacob has participated in track, basketball, National Honor Society, Yearbook, Scholar Bowl, and is also the editor of the school newspaper. He has received the AP Scholar Award, the Raymore-Peculiar High Student of the Month, and has participated at Boys State. Jacob is also active in his church where he serves as a youth group leader and a member of the Rock Brook Mission Team. He plans to attend Air Force Academy in the fall.


Joseph Seidl, DeSoto High School

Joseph is a four-year letterman in football and he served as Captain this past year. Joseph was selected on the Frontier League All League Team as a defensive and offensive lineman and he was also selected his football teams lineman of the year. Off the field, Joseph has achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA and he scored a 29 on the ACT. He is also involved in many different extra-curricular activities such as wrestling, debate, jazz band, student council, National Honor Society, Boy’s State, DeSoto mentoring program, golf, and rugby. Joseph is going to college to study mechanical engineering and to play football. Outside of school, Joseph is a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church.


Zachary Schmidt, Pembroke Hill School

Zach has been a two year letterman for Pembroke Hill. As a senior, he was selected to serve as a captain and was awarded the Raider Award and Coach Hicks Trophy for his excellence in training, on the field, and in the classroom. Zach was recognized as an All-District defensive back as a senior and an Academic All-State player his junior and senior years. In addition to his gridiron leadership, Zach has also been a four-year letter winner on the wrestling team serving as a captain his senior year. Zach’s athletic accomplishments are matched by off-the-field achievements which include Cum Laude Society Induction, Headmaster’s Distinctive Achievement List, and Reynolds Award Winner recognizing him as the most distinguished History student in the school. In addition, he is an Eagle Scout and is a Lifetime Partner with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Zach has recently been awarded admission to his choice of Annapolis or West Point.


Kyle Swartz, Olathe North High School

Kyle has been a three-year starter for Olathe North and served as Captain this past season. He was selected the Sunflower league defensive player of the year while earning First Team All-League and All State honors as a linebacker. Kyle was also named to the first-ever All Simone Team and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl. Kyle also holds the school record for most punt yards in one season. Academically, Kyle has a 3.65 GPA and he scored a 23 on the ACT. He is a member of his school’s Link Crew, Student Leadership Council and Advisory committee. Outside of school, Kyle is a member of Westside church in Lenexa. He plans to attend the University of Nebraska Omaha on an academic and football scholarship where he will major in Secondary Education with an emphasis in mathematics.


Marc-Alan Tucker, Raytown South High School

Marc-Alan was a two-year letter winner for the Cardinals. He was selected as an All-Conference quarterback and punter as a senior. He also received his team’s Champion of Character Award and was an Academic All-State selection his senior year. Marc-Alan has had the opportunity to lead by example through his participation in football, basketball, and track. In the classroom he has maintained a 3.6 grade point average. Marc-Alan has earned Principal and Teacher’s Honor Roll as well as being a member of the student council. Outside of school he earned the Leadership Award from the MODOT Summer Leadership Camp, he is active in his church where he serves as an usher. Marc-Alan plans on playing football with Missouri S & T this fall.


Matthew Woolley, Piper High School

Matthew is a three-year letterman in both football and baseball.  In football, Matthew served as Captain and he was selected First Team Kaw Valley All League and Honorable Mention All-State as an offensive lineman. Academically, Matthew has a 4.0 GPA and he scored a 26 on the ACT. Matthew is involved in many activities in school where he is currently the editor of his school newspaper, participates in journalism, and helps out with Harvesters.  Matthew wants to attend college to be a graphic designer and he also wants to play football and baseball. Outside of school, Matthew is a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.