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CN's Rupp named winner of an Inskeep Scholarship

May 12, 2014
Columbus North High School

    Columbus North senior John Rupp has been selected as a winner of a Harry Inskeep Scholarship from the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame for 2013-14.
    These scholarships are awarded annually to one boy and one girl in Indiana. Criteria include the athletes are well-round, positive role models who demonstrate excellence in academics, school and community involvement, character, sportsmanship, and citizenship. Each recipient receives a $250 scholarship for their prep accomplishments, which will be submitted to their future educational institution.
    Rupp has participated in swimming for four years and earned four varsity letters at Columbus North. He is ranked ninth academically in his class with a 4.23 grade-point average. He also is active in Key Club, National Honor Society and the C-4 Student Advisory Committee.
    During high school, Rupp has been named to the honor roll and has earned two academic letters. As a junior, he was the Donner Swim Club Team Athlete Representative to the Indiana Swimming House of Delegates.
    As a senior, Rupp placed third in the sectional in the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 51.03. He also was fifth in the sectional in the 200 individual medley in 2:01.69.
    Rupp plans to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, where he will study chemical engineering and compete in the men's swimming program.
    Rupp met the criteria for the scholarship, which include having no violations of the school's athletic code of conduct and a pledge to remain substance-free throughout high school. He was nominated by Columbus North principal David Clark and coach Jim Sheridan.
    The girls' scholarship winner for 2014 is Taylor Seufert of Southridge.
    Inskeep was an IHSAA swimming and diving official for many years, and he was inducted into the High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2007. At the time of his death, the family asked that memorials be directed to the Hall of Fame.
    Inskeep served the IHSAA for 48 years as an IHSAA swimming and diving official. He worked 50 sectionals, seven state championship meets as assistant starter, five state meets as referee starter, 22 state meets as stroke and turn judge, and one  state meet as the diving referee.
    Inskeep typically identified area athletes who exhibited good sportsmanship and character values, and donated monies earned via his officiating to assist them with college expenses. He continued to send money to these individuals throughout their college careers. The scholarship bearing his name is the Hall of Fame’s way to remember the many hours Inskeep devoted to students and to the sport of swimming.

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