FORT WORTH, Texas – The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the five finalists for the 2015 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: William Caldwell (St. Mark’s School of Texas), Sage McAdams (Plano West High School), Savannah Norman (Fort Worth Country Day), Seth Reine (Arlington Martin High School) and Raymar Turangan (The Colony High School).
“Once again, our committee was faced with a demanding task of narrowing an exceptional pool of applicants down to five finalists,” Chairman of the High School Scholarship Selection Committee David O’Brien Jr., said. “But we are so pleased to be able to honor this group of talented, well-rounded student-athletes.”
The recipient of the $30,000 scholarship will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 19, during the 9th annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Luncheon held at The Fort Worth Club. The Foundation will also award $2,500 scholarships to each of the four remaining finalists.
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. Recipients of the High School Scholarship Award 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. 15, at the 39th annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner. Also in attendance will be Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, the winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, Craig Morton, the Davey O’Brien Legends Award presented by Low T Center recipient, and Verne Lundquist, the Charles Ringler Founder’s Award honoree.
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
William Caldwell (St. Mark’s School of Texas)
A four-year member of the basketball and baseball teams, William Caldwell also has three varsity letters in football and has served as each sport’s team captain. He has been named the All-Southwest Preparatory Conference Outstanding Player in all three sports, earning the honor twice in football and twice in baseball. Caldwell owns a 3.85 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale and is a National Merit Commended Scholar. He received the school’s Jefferson Book Award presented to the junior who best represents the Jeffersonian ideals of scholarship, leadership and citizenship. A member of the St. Mark’s student council, he has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, Young Men’s Service League and the Junior Symphony Ball.
Sage McAdams (Plano West High School)
Sage McAdams is a four-year varsity member of the track and cross country programs. She was appointed captain of both teams her junior and senior seasons. In the 3200 meters, McAdams has placed among the top three at both the district meet and the area meet each of the past two years. She also is a two-time regional qualifier in the 3200 meters in outdoor track as well as in cross country. McAdams owns a 4.479 grade-point average on a weighted 4.0 scale, ranking 23rd out of a class of more than 1,400 students. A National Merit Semifinalist and National Honor Society member, she has worked with Operation Kindness, Sunrise Senior Living and Habitat for Humanity.
Savannah Norman (Fort Worth Country Day School)
A four-year varsity letterwinner in track and field and cheerleading, Savannah Norman has also earned three letters in field hockey. She has qualified for the state track meet in the 400-meter dash, 4×400 relay and 4×800 relay. In addition, Norman is a Southwest Preparatory Conference Honorable Mention Athlete in both field hockey and track. The school’s executive council secretary owns a 98.31 GPA on a 100-point scale and is a member of the Cum Laude Society. Norman was honored with the Harvard Book Prize given to the school’s junior with the best all-around scholarship, character and achievement. She is involved with the National Charity League, TEAM, and Cooking for a Cause, while also serving as a tutor at the Como Community Center.
Seth Reine (Arlington Martin High School)
Seth Reine is a four-year member of the Arlington Martin football and track and field teams. In 2015, he was elected to the football team’s leadership council and helped his squad to a 10-3 overall record and an appearance in the Class 6A regional semifinals. A member of the National Honor Society, Reine ranks first in his class of more than 750 students with a 4.85 GPA on a weighted 4.0 scale. He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars as well as Key Club International. Reine also is a PSAT Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honors. He has worked and volunteered at Camp Thurman and also is active with Mission Arlington and the North Davis Church of Christ.
Raymar Turangan (The Colony High School)
Raymar Turangan is a three-year varsity letterman in swimming and has served as team captain as a senior. A district silver medalist in the 400-meter freestyle relay in 2014, he also has been a regional finalist in the 100-meter backstroke and 400m freestyle relay. Turangan ranks second in a class of nearly 500 with a 5.17 grade-point average on a weighted 4.0 scale. He is also a National Merit Semifinalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. The vice president of his senior class co-founded the school’s Hispanic Mentorship Program and Peer Tutoring Group. An accomplished competitive pianist, Turangan is also an Eagle Scout. He was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award at Baylor Medical Center in Carrollton.
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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