VYPE Houston Region
TD Club Scholar Athlete of the Year Announced
November 13, 2012By Matt Malatesta of VYPE MAGAZINE - Central Houston
Stratford High School’s Jordan Bernstein won the 14th Annual Greater Houston High School Football Scholar-Athlete Award on Wednesday, at a luncheon sponsored by the Touchdown Club of Houston at the JW Marriott Hotel. Bernstein beat out 24 other finalists for the award. The finalists had to be seniors and starters on their respective high school football teams, with the highest GPA and good citizenship, as embodied in their extra-curricular activities.
Finalists were selected by the office of the presidents of the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas Southern University.
Placing second at the luncheon was Strake Jesuit’s Eric Ribbeck, and third was Kirby Haywood of Klein Forest.
First place will receive a $1,500 scholarship, second place a $1,250 scholarship and third place $1,000. The other 22 finalists will receive $500 college scholarships each.
The finalists were: Colton Asheim, Katy; Stephen Barletta, Katy Taylor; Fernando Bello, Northbrook; Jordan Bernstein, Stratford; Chris Burger, Klein; Reggie Chevis, Sharpstown; Patrick Christie, Memorial; Kieran Cupples, Clear Brook; Joseph Dehn, Reagan; Brandon Goldberg, Clements; Brandon Greer, Ridge Point; and Kirby Haywood, Klein Forest.
Also included were Jeff Hensley, Cypress Ranch; Marcus Loud, Wheatley; Jacob McClean, College Park; Maurice Morris, La Porte; Aaron Petty, Eisenhower; Eric Ribbeck, Strake Jesuit; Jorge Rojas, Lamar; Jared Ross, Langham Creek; Michael Sullivan, Kingwood Park; Micah Thomas, North Shore; Ryan Trauffler, The Woodlands; Phillip Trieu, Kempner; and Maurice Walker, Bellaire.
Stratford’s Jordan Bernstein holds the trophy signifying the top scholar-athlete on Greater Houston high school football teams. With Bernstein are Gifford Nielsen, right, and Murry Bowden. Nielsen (BYU) is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and emceed the TD Club luncheon. Bowden (Dartmouth) is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and was the guest speaker at the program. Bowden also is a Vice Chairman of the National Football Foundation, which among other things, runs the College Football Hall of Fame. The Touchdown Club is the Houston chapter of the NFF.
TD Club’s remaining schedule ---
*7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 5, Private High School Awards Dinner, at the JW Marriott
*7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 12, High School Awards Dinner, at the JW Marriott
*Noon, Wed., Jan. 30, 2013, High School Sportsmanship Luncheon, sponsored by Comerica Bank and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, at the JW Marriott