FORT WORTH, Texas – The Davey O’Brien Foundation is pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2014 Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award. The scholarship, underwritten by Higginbotham and Southwest Bank, is presented each January to an exceptional senior student-athlete in North Texas.
This year’s finalists, in alphabetical order, are: Spencer Crawford (Brewer High School), Eric Getz (All Saints Episcopal School), Ashlyn Hohenshelt (Rockwall-Heath High School), Melody Rodriguez (Fort Worth Country Day) and Christine Vonder Haar (Paschal High School).
“We had a challenging task reviewing a tremendous pool of applicants for this year’s award,” Chairman of the High School Scholarship Selection Committee David O’Brien Jr., said. “Our five finalists are exceptionally talented, well-rounded student-athletes, and we are delighted to be able to honor them.”
The recipient of the $30,000 scholarship will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 20, during the 8th Annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Luncheon held at The Fort Worth Club. The Foundation will also award a $2,500 scholarship to each of the four remaining finalists.
Since 1986, the High School Scholarship Award has granted more than $600,000 in scholarships to high school seniors. Recipients are chosen on the basis of scholastic achievements, community service, character, leadership and varsity sports participation.
As part of the selection process, the committee, which consists of O’Brien Jr., Karen Anisman, Todd Blouin, Rob Kelly, Roger Latham, Walter Littlejohn, Pollard Rogers and Joel Sharp, will interview all five finalists.
The winner will be honored Monday, Feb. 16, at the 38th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner. Also in attendance will be the University of Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, the winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, as well as the recipients of the Davey O’Brien Legends Award and Charles Ringler Founder’s Award, which are to be announced.
A limited number of tickets to the black-tie dinner are still available. To find out more information or to purchase seats, call (817) 338-3497.
About the Finalists
Spencer Crawford (Brewer High School)
Spencer Crawford ranks first in his class of 357 students with a 4.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, and is an Advanced Placement Scholar. A four-year member of the varsity tennis team, he earned all-district honorable mention accolades as a junior and senior. In addition, he is a member of the varsity basketball team. Crawford serves as president of both the student body and the National Honor Society, and is captain of his school’s UIL Math and UIL Science Teams. In the community, he has aided the student council’s work with the March of Dimes, Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society.
Eric Getz (All Saints Episcopal School)
Eric Getz is a 2014 National Merit semifinalist. A recipient of the Advanced Placement Scholar Award, he carries a GPA of 99.68 out of 100. Getz was a four-year member of the varsity football team and has also competed in tennis, track and power-lifting. Additionally, he has served on the student council for three years and is currently the student body president. He is a founding member of two clubs at All Saints, the Solar Car Team and the Junior Statesman of America debate group. Among his community involvment, Getz has coached baseball for special needs players and has served as a football coach for children from the Lena Pope Home.
Ashlyn Hohenshelt (Rockwall-Heath High School)
Ashlyn Hohenshelt ranks first in her 512-member class with a grade-point average of 5.296 on a 5.0 scale. She was an academic all-state selection in volleyball in 2014 and also was named honorable mention all-district for the district (12-5A) and area champions. Elected president of the National Honor Society, she also is a four-year member of the student council and BETA Club. In the community, Hohenshelt is active in the National Charity League, logging more than 300 hours of community service during her high school career. In addition, she went on a church mission trip to Honduras this past summer.
Melody Rodriguez (Fort Worth Country Day)
Melody Rodriguez owns a 98.84 cumulative grade-point average on 100-point scale. She is a National Hispanic Scholar as well as a 2014 National Merit semifinalist. A four-year letter winner in both cross country and track and field, Rodriguez also earned three varsity letters in swimming and one in basketball. In swimming, she set three school records and was named first-team all-state and academic all-state. At Country Day, she is a student ambassador and TEAM service member. In the community, Rodriguez has been active in the Back to School Roundup, Central Market Feast of Sharing and Children’s Home Carnival.
Christine Vonder Haar (Paschal High School)
Christine Vonder Haar ranks second out of 576 students with a 4.693 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and is a 2014 National Merit semifinalist. A two-year varsity member of the basketball team, she was elected team captain both years and received the coach’s award as a junior. A member of the National Honor Society, she also was elected secretary of the computer science club. In addition, Vonder Haar co-founded and organized the school’s Soles 4 Souls shoe drive to distribute shoes to children in developing nations so that they can attend school. She also has been active in the Girls Who Give program through her church.
About the Davey O’Brien Foundation
The Davey O’Brien Foundation was founded in 1977 to honor and remember the strong character and leadership of football great, Davey O’Brien. Widely known for its Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Foundation recognizes champions on and off the field through awards programs encouraging academic and career success. The Foundation has given away more than $900,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field to leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
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About Southwest Bank
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