WESTFIELD - Aaron Bennett, Westfield, will be honored next week as one of 13 seniors named recipients of the 2017 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Awards.
Bennett has excelled both on and off the field of play. Achieving a 4.29 GPA in the classroom, he is a member of the Math Club, Dance Marathon, National Honor Society, Interact Club, class officer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student athletic board, and ACTS (A Chance To Serve).
He has earned 11 varsity letters from three different sports. He is a two-time captain in both Cross Country and Track and Field, and is also a senior leader on the basketball team.
Away from school, he is constantly active in community service projects at Grace Church, Carey Ridge elementary, and the Shepherd Community Center among others. He has also gone on service trips to both Haiti and El Salvador.
He is the son of Joe and Tia Bennett, and he plans to attend Indiana University.
To reward the efforts of Indiana's complete student-athletes, Methodist Sports Medicine, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Sport Graphics, Inc., and WTHR have partnered with the Indiana High School Athletic Association to sponsor the program.
The 13 student-athletes selected have demonstrated excellence in academics, school and community involvement, character, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Each individual will receive a $2,500 scholarship for their prep accomplishments and be recognized April 20, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis as part of the 12th Annual Thomas A. Brady Sports Achievement Awards established by Methodist Sports Medicine.
Each student completed and submitted a formal application and had to meet certain criteria to qualify including:
be enrolled and participating in interscholastic athletics at an IHSAA member school during this school year;
be a senior at an IHSAA member school who will graduate this school year;
win a varsity letter as an athlete in at least one of the 21 IHSAA‐sanctioned athletic programs;
be nominated by the school's principal or athletic director;
carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or the equivalent;
have no violations of the school's athletic code of conduct;
The student must not have been ejected from any IHSAA contest due to unsportsmanlike behavior;