Carroll graduate Ryan Spesard was named the National Football Foundation’s State of Indiana Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2012-13 at Thursday’s Grange Insurance/IFCA North-South All-Star Game banquet.
Spesard, who represented the NFF’s Joe Tiller Chapter of Northwest Indiana and Region 4 of the IFCA, received a football trophy and scholarship check.
Spesard was salutatorian of his senior class with a 4.17 grade point average, and he scored a 2070 on the SAT. Among his 10 varsity letters were four in football, where he played quarterback, receiver, safety and long snapper while earning All-Hoosier Heartland Conference and honorable mention Associated Press All-State honors.
Spesard was also a National Honor Society member and received the Carroll Honor Award, the school’s highest honor. He also participated in the Mentor Program, math team and 4-H, among other activities. He will attend Purdue to study engineering.
Spesard was chosen by a panel of judges representing the state’s five NFF chapters. The award was based 40 percent on academics, 40 percent on athletics and 20 percent on citizenship, leadership and character.