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Scholar Athletes to be honored Wednesday night

The high school football community will gather Wednesday night at Martin's West to honor its top scholar-athletes as well as the top teams from the 2010 season at the 48th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner.

Presented by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, the Scholar Athlete Awards honor 88 senior football players from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford and Howard counties. Five regional winners will share in $20,000 of scholarship money.

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One of last year's regional winners, Max Coale of River Hill, went on to receive national honors. Coale, now a freshman at Princeton, was named one of five winners of the 2010 National High School Scholar Athlete Award.

In addition to the players, the dinner will honor the three local state champions – Dunbar, Wilde Lake and Urbana – with the Ben Eaton Sr. Championship Award, named for the late Poets' football coach. Calvert Hall will receive the A. Paul Menton Award as the No. 1 team in the Baltimore area.

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The event also honors at least one student-athlete with the Courage Award and this year two will be honored -- Santina Busch of Patapsco and Zach Lederer of Centennial. The award, sponsored by the National Football Players Former Players Chapter of the NFL Players Association, rewards athletes "who have demonstrated unparalleled resolve in overcoming an on- or off-the-field personal challenge during their young athletic careers."Following are the nominees for the scholar-athlete awards: Nicholas Allen, Archbishop Spalding; Michael Anderson, Severn; Baldwin Asala, Hammond; Brandon Bayer, North Harford; Devante Blount, Dunbar; Travonn Bond, Havre de Grace; Steven Boudouris, Loch Raven; Demond Brown Jr., Old Mill; Joseph Burke, Mount Hebron; Micah Bush, Patterson; Nicholas Cappadora, Manchester Valley; Joseph Carbone, St. Paul's; Brock Carder, Marriotts Ridge; Brian Chase, Thomas Johnson; Alec Chaves, C. Milton Wright; Eric Conway, McDonogh; Gabriel Cox, Meade; Adam A'Amico, Atholton; Joshua Danko, Liberty; Eric DeLacruz, Perry Hall; Matthew Delapaz, Patapsco; Bryan Ek, Linganore; Tye Ellis, Southern; Neil Esterson, Franklin; Ryan Evans, Reservoir; Quentin Ezell, Walkersville; Mike Fafaul Jr., Loyola; Donae Fluitt, Overlea; William Gatewood; Urbana; Daniel Gibbs, River Hill; Kyle Gillum, Long Reach; John Gonos, St. Mary's; Joshua Gorsky, Owings Mills; Keyon Haughton, WEB Du Bois; John Headley, Middletown; Jesse Holian, South River; Robert Hopp, Catonsville; Nicholas Hoyt, Glenelg; Ryan Humphrey, Frederick; Edward Hunt, Arundel; Brian Hunt, John Carroll; Justin Hupp, Parkville; Ryne Jenkins, Severna Park; Darius Jennings, Gilman; Jordan Jones, Southside; Garrett Kelly, Centennial; Grant Kelly, Fallston; Brendon Lee, Northeast; Joshua Leese, Kenwood, Richard Leister, Westminster; Darion Madison, Woodlawn; Jeffrey Matthews Jr., Mount St. Joseph; Dan McManus, Eastern Tech; Andrew Mills, Calvert Hall; Lamar Montgomery, City; Matthew Murphy, Sparrows Point; Brady Myers, Winters Mill; Anthony Nardo, South Carroll; Mark Nathanson, Pikesville; Cory Nettleton, Hereford; Kelvin Njoku, Milford Mill; Jonathan Noland, St. Vincent Pallotti; Michael Obineme, Towson; Nathan Oxendine, Chesapeake-AA; Nicholas Pelletier, Wilde Lake; Zachary Price, Howard; Sean Reaver, Catoctin; Brandon Sampson, Douglass; Alexander Schuster, North Carroll; Brian Short II, New Town; Mustafa Sidik, Joppatowne; Brandon Soderstrom, Century; Charles Spence, Brunswick; Andrew Stewart, Western Tech; Luke Stidham, Archbishop Curley; Michael Storey, Broadneck; Matthew Sweitzer, Bel Air; Elliott Taft, Boys' Latin; Paul Taylor II, Poly; Edwin Thomason, Chesapeake-BC; Cameron Wann, Patterson Mill; TaJuan Watson, Annapolis; Adam Wienhold, Edgewood; Wayne Wilford, Dulaney; Mark Wills Jr., Dundalk; Keith Woodrow, Francis Scott Key; Deen Wright, Aberdeen; and Joseph Yarn, Oakland Mills.

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