RYE, N.Y. -- Rye Country Day School running back Andrew Miller of Harrison has been selected as a Golden Dozen scholar/athlete for the 2011 fall season, along with teammates Chibueze Nwakeze and Golden Dozen Honorable Mention Sam Stern, who were members of the Wildcats Fairchester and bowl championship teams.
“It's an honor to win an award that recognizes both athletics and academics,” Miller said. “In high school, it's important to find a healthy balance between school and sports, and it's humbling to win an award that defines that idea. I think it's great that the Golden Dozen committee values the idea of the student-athlete.”
Miller rushed for 1,223 yards and 17 touchdowns on 122 carries for an average of 10.2 yards per run. He helped lead the Wildcats to a perfect 10-0 record, the first in school history, and the Fairchester Athletic Association championship with a 7-0 league record. The ‘Cats then advanced to a NEPSAC Bowl for the second straight year and defeated Pingree (Mass.) 27-26 in the Dan Rorke Bowl for the school’s first bowl victory.
The “Golden Dozen” are selected by the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation every year and include the top scholar-athletes on the football field from the recently completed fall season. The players will be honored at the National Football Foundation Awards Banquet at Westchester Country Club in Harrison on Jan. 26.
A total of 38 students were honored from Westchester and Putnam counties, including the “Golden Dozen,” and the 26 honorable mention honorees.
Patrick Donohoe (Mahopac High School), Caleb Gilligan-Evans (Archbishop Stepinac), Joseph Hanley (Somers), Andrew Miller and Chibueze Nwakeze (Rye Country Day School), Brett Poniros (Mamaroneck High School), Kyle Ricciardi (Croton High School), Daniel Stein (Ardsley High School), Austin Taps (Stepinac High School), August Wolf (The Hackley School) and John Yozzo-Scaperrotta (Dobbs Ferry High School).
Golden Dozen Honorable Mention
Jeffrey Avery (White Plains High School), Alex Bennett (Irvington High School), Matt Berni (Iona Prep), John Brennan (Croton Harmon High School), Daniel Caiola (John Jay High School), Eric Cooley (Yorktown High School), Travis Coleman (White Plains High School), Justin Combs (Iona Prep), Brian Connolly (Ossining High School), Jackson Conway (Bronxville High School), John Conway (Pleasantville High School), Ray Dann (Brewster High School), Matthew DeGraw (Rye High School), Christopher Groton (Somers High School), Joe Gambino (Mahopac High School), William Johnson (The Hackley School), Michael Kaplan (Lakeland High School), Tim Leone (Scarsdale High School), Jesse Mainiero (Croton Harmon High School), Sebastian Montenegro (Ossining High School), Brendan O’Connor (Briarcliff High School), Colin Orr (Briarcliff High School), Ryan Sanders (John Jay High School), Danny Schulman (Pleasantville High School), Samuel Stern (Rye Country Day), Adam Tavolilla (Brewster High School).