Boys Varsity Football
Mitchell Burton and Ashley Holliday received top athletic honors during the Columbus North Senior Awards program Friday (May 19).
Burton, a letterman in football and track, was presented the Dr. Maurice McKain Mental Attitude Award after he demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship throughout his career years at Columbus North.
Holliday, a letterwinner in gymnastics and cheerleading, was the recipient of the Josephine Armuth Award that also takes sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship into consideration.
Burton, who plans to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, was a standout running back for the Bull Dogs and helped the team to 9-2 record as a senior. He rushed for 1,698 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior, his yardage total standing fourth in CNHS single-season history and his 25 overall TDs, including two on receptions and one on a return, was a CN single-season record. Burton’s career rushing total of 3,992 is the second best in school annals, behind only 4,233 by Alex Turner in 2005-07. Burton’s 55 career touchdowns are a school record.
In track, Burton has been a standout sprinter and long jumper. He placed second in the 100 meters, second in the long jump and fourth in the 200 meters in the 2017 track sectional. He also anchored the 4x100 relay that set a school record of 42.59 seconds in the sectional. Burton placed fifth in the long jump at the 2016 state meet with a mark of 22 feet, 6¾ inches.
Holliday, who is headed to Indiana University, has been a gymnastics standout throughout her career. She is a two-time team captain who helped the Bull Dogs to team finishes of fourth, third, first and second state the state meet during her four years. In addition, she was state runner-up on bars in 2014, state champion on bars in 2015, state runner-up on vault in 2016 and state champion on vault in 2017. She also was winner of the IHSAA Mildred Ball Mental Attitude Award for gymnastics in 2017.
The awards are named after McKain, a former local physician for many years who served as Columbus High's team doctor and trainer in the 1930s, and Armuth, a longtime educator who gave years of dedicated service to Columbus High students.
The McKain Award has been presented since 1940; the Armuth Award was initiated in 1974.
Burton and Holliday also were recipients of one other award apiece. Burton and Holly Anderson were male and female honorees of Distinguished Athlete Awards from the U.S. Marine Corps. Holliday and David Redding were female and male winners of National Scholar-Athlete Awards from the U.S. Army Reserve.
Anderson was the IHSAA individual state champion in girls golf last fall. She is headed to Ball State on a golf scholarship. Redding was an academic all-state selection in football and will play football at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He also was chosen as one of the state’s top Scholar Athletes by the Central Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
In addition, 15 CNHS seniors qualified for Senior Athletic Awards. This honor is presented to any senior who has earned six or more letters in at least two sports while a student in Grades 9-12.
Those receiving this recognition were Elijah Brooks, Rachel Brougher, Mitchell Burton, Alec Embry, Eli Fischer, Imani Guy, Maliah Howard-Bass, Kaemon Jiles, Triston Perry, Aubrey Smith, Justin Spoon, Nathan VanDeventer, Charlotte Verbanic, Emma Wilson and Hunter Wolford.
Seniors who are departing the Student Athletic Board were presented a blanket. Those honorees were Rachel Brougher, Mitchell Burton, Alec Embry, Ashley Holliday, Ashlyn Huffman, Madisyn Prince, Cooper Trinkle, Nathan VanDeventer, Hannah Weaver and Emma Wilson.
Lastly, 55 seniors were recognized as Conference Indiana Scholar Athletes. That group included Holly Anderson, Kaito Ariishi, Rachel Brougher, Cameron Corbin, Alec Embry, Anay Gangal, Dakota Gates, Zach Green, Jennifer Gutman, Ashley Holliday, Lucas Huang, Ashlyn Huffman, Marina Hughes, Harley Huser, Ian Hussey, Ammar Khaled, Alex King, Josh Larson, Richard Liu, Katlin Meek, Ethan Mitchell, Andrea Monsivais, Jackson Nagel, Maddie Neal, Tamim Noor, Alexandra Nusawardhana, Tanner Payne, Sydney Perry, Stephon Peters-Smith, Cameron Phillips, Wade Rankin, David Redding, Claire Risley, Mackenzie Rooks, Peyton Russell, Kammy Salo, Zachary Schiavello, Andrew Scott, Aubrey Smith, Justin Spoon, Joseph Suverkrup, Jackson Swain, Natalie Teo, Kevin Thompson, Angel Torres Martinez, Sarah Towsley, Cooper Trinkle, Bryce Turner, Charlotte Verbanic, Emily Vo, Matt Vorndran, Jonathan Ward, Hannah Weaver, Emma Wilson and Adam Zhuang.