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2011 Scholar Athlete Awards2011 Special Achievement Awards
North Region:
Eric Conway, McDonogh Eagles
A team captain and 1st Team All-Conference pick, he ranks near the top of his class and is a National Merit Semi-Finalist. He also runs trank, plays basketball, is a member of the jazz band and choir. He will play football for Yale University in the fall.

South Region:
Gabriel Cox, Meade Mustangs
A first team All-County selection, three year team captain and four year starter, he ranks in the Top 5% of his class. He obtained a perfect score on the verbal portion of the ACT. He plays baseball, swims and is a youth coach.

East Region:
Daniel McManus, Eastern Tech Mavericks
Selected first team All-State, All Metro and All-County in 2009 and 2010, this team captain ranks in the Top 10% of his class and is a member of the National Honor Society. A Maryland Distinguished Scholar, he also plays lacrosse and is a member of the Physics Club. He will play football at Bucknell in the fall.

West Region:
John Headley, Middletown Knights
Chosen 1st Team All-Conference and a team captain, he ranks number one in his class of 326 student and is a member of the National and English Honor Societies. A Maryland Distinguished Scholar, AP Scholar and graduate of Maryland Boys State, he is also a member of the swim team and is a latin tutor.

Central Region:
Paul Edward Taylor II, Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers
A 2nd Team All-Metro pick and Super 22 and Crab Bowl selection, this team captain ranks in the Top 15% of his class. A member of the school’s Ingenuity Honors Program, he also plays basketball and is a camp counselor. He will play football for Bryant University in the fall.
A. Paul Menton Award:
Calvert Hall College High School

The Ben Eaton, Sr. Championship Award:
Dunbar High
Urbana High
Wilde Lake High

Courage Award (Female): Santina Busch, Patapsco High School
The Athletic Director at Patapsco High School probably did the best job of describing our female Courage Award winner, Santina Busch: 'Modest, quiet, courageous, and tough' define Santina Busch. Finishing her high school career as 12 season athlete, with all seasons on varsity teams, Santina seems to have accomplished it all by herself.
A list of activities that would be overwhelming to any student: she is a member of our Vocal Magnet and two chorus groups, the Student Government Association/PTSA liaison, GSA president, active in the Senior class activities and a member of 3 National Honor Societies. The 'Lead by Example' type of athlete that all coaches dream about, Santina sets the example in practice and in games.
Officials seem to seek her out following contests because of her sportsmanlike, gritty, and ultra-competitive play. The editor for the local paper, The Dundalk Eagle, enjoys speaking with her following games because she is 'well spoken, poised and mature beyond her years, along with the obvious…her play, which sets her apart for her peers.'
In soccer, she has played defense, offense and midfield. In basketball, she has moved back and forth from the various guard positions. In softball, she has been pitcher, center fielder and catcher. She has bounced back from numerous knee injuries and hospitalizations to return back to the playing field each of the past three seasons.
Last spring, while making a catch in the playoffs, Santina glided into foul territory. With the fence in sight, Santina was determined to make the catch. While she did hit the fence with her head and chest, she did make the catch, despite the fact that her leg also got caught under the fence.
That fence is a symbol of what Santina has had to overcome. Her struggles in her home life have taken their toll on Santina, but have proven to only make her stronger. She plans on attending a Division II or III University and intends to play soccer, basketball and softball.


Courage Award (Male): Zach Lederer, Centennial High School
For a moment parents, try to put yourself in this situation.
Six years ago, doctors told Christine and John Lederer that their 11 year old son, Zach, had a brain tumor and that they did not think he would survive.
Scores of operations, some by the leading pediatric neurosurgeon in the world, Dr. Ben Carson, countless hours of physical and occupational therapy saved young Zach, and helped him to return to as normal a life as any brain tumor survivor could have, which included participation as the team manager for the Centennial High School football team. Half seriously, Coach Ken Senisi suggested that Zach put on a uniform and get a few plays during his senior year.
But Zach wanted to play full time. After talking with his parents and getting all of the necessary approvals of his doctors, Zach was outfitted with a specially equipped helmet that included 18 shock absorbers. He participated in practice, scoring a few big hits that convinced everyone he was ready to play.
In the fifth game of the year, his opportunity came. Coach Senisi put Sach on the kickoff team, and while he saw limited action over the next few games, Zach did close out the season as a regular on the kick off team, getting the contact with opposing players that truly gave him the opportunity to make a contribution to his team as a player.
Someday, Zach hopes to coach football. And when he does, he wants to share his story with his players. As he said, 'I lived my dream. And I think it is a good story because that what I want to teach my players to live their dreams. Without regrets.'
Regions & Schools
NORTH: Baltimore Lutheran, Boys’ Latin, Calvert Hall, Dulaney, Franklin, Friends, Gilman, Hereford, Loch Raven, Loyola, McDonogh, Milford Mill, New Town, Owings Mills, Pikesville, Randallstown. St. Paul’s, Towson and Woodlawn.

SOUTH: Annapolis, Archbishop Spalding, Arundel, Broadneck, Cardinal Gibbons, Chesapeake (AA), Glen Burnie, Lansdowne, Meade, Mount St. Joseph, North County, Northeast, Old Mill, St. Mary’s, St. Vincent Pallotti, Severn, Severna Park, Southern (AA), South River and Western Tech.

EAST: Aberdeen, Archbishop Curley, Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, Chesapeake (BC), Dundalk, Eastern Vo-Tech, Edgewood, Fallston, Harford Tech, Havre de Grace, John Carroll, Joppatowne, Kenwood, North Harford, Overlea, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall and Sparrows Point.

WEST: Atholton, Brunswick, Catoctin, Centennial, Century, Francis Scott Key, Frederick, Glenelg, Gov. Thomas Johnson, Hammond, Howard, Liberty, Linganore, Long Reach, Marriott’s Ridge, Middletown, Mt. Hebron, North Carroll, Oakland Mills, Patterson Mill, Reservoir, River Hill, St. John’s Catholic Prep, South Carroll, Tuscarora, Urbana, Walkersville, Westminster, Wilde Lake and Winters Mill.

CENTRAL: City, Carver, Catonsville, Digital Harbor, Dr. Samuel Banks, Doris M. Johnson, W.E.B. DuBois, Dunbar, Edmondson-Westside, Forest Park, Frederick Douglass, Lake Clifton-Eastern, Reginald F. Lewis School of Business & Law, Mergenthaler, Northwestern, Patterson, Poly, Southside Academy, Vivian T. Thomas and Walbrook.

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