Boys Varsity Basketball
Mitchell Kelley and Katrina May received top athletic honors during the Columbus North Senior Awards program Friday (May 20).
Kelley, a letterman in football, basketball 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.
May, a letterwinner in gymnastics and track, was the recipient of the Josephine Armuth Award that also takes sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship into consideration.
Kelley, who plans to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to play football, has been selected to the North-South Indiana All-Star Classic after a senior season where he was the leading defensive player. He contributed a team-high 103 tackles, including five tackles for loss, one sack and matching a school record with four fumble recoveries as CN compiled a 6-4 record. He also produced two interceptions, two hurries, four passes broken up and one forced fumble.
Earlier, he was named first-team all-Conference Indiana, Indiana Football Coaches Association all-Region 10, first-team IFCA Class 6A All-State, honorable mention Associated Press Class 6A All-State and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
In basketball, Kelley was a three-year varsity letterwinner and averaged 2.6 points and 3.1 rebounds as a senior. He also was chosen honorable mention Academic All-State in basketball by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
In track, Kelley was a two-year team member who contributed in multiple events.
May, who is headed to Purdue University, has been a standout in both of her sports. She helped the gymnastics team to the team state championship as a senior, tying for second in the individual all-around competition in the process. May also placed second on floor, third on beam, seventh on vault and 11th on bars in the state meet, where she was named winner of the IHSAA’s Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award.
In track, she is the school record-holder in the pole vault with an indoor best of 12-6 and an outdoor best of 12-0. She is trying to earn a spot in her third consecutive State Finals after placing 16th at state as a sophomore and sixth at state as a junior.
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.
Kelley also was the recipient of two other awards – a Distinguished Athlete Award from the U.S. Marine Corps and a National Scholar-Athlete Award from the U.S. Army Reserve. May joined Kelley as a winner of the Distinguished Athlete Award, while Paige Littrell joined Kelley as a National Scholar-Athlete Award honoree from the U.S. Army Reserve.
In addition, 17 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 Alex Algee, Nina Bouthier, Katie Carlson, Allison Coffey, Alex Davidson, Haley Duke, Jared Imlay, Mitchell Kelley, Sierra Lax, Paige Littrell, Katrina May, Brice McDaniel, Chase McQueen, Ben Rankin, Drew Schoeberl, Ben Thompson and Elle Williams.
Lastly, 51 seniors were recognized as CN Scholar Athletes. That group included Justin Abbott, Bryce Ables, Johanna Anderson, Elizabeth Bell, Ty Bentham, Nina Bouthier, Makayla Caudill, Camille Chevalier, Allison Coffey, Delaney Coles, Rachel Craig, Sean Dasovich, Steven DeDomenic, Collin Hatchett, Betsy Force, Margie Force, Hannah Frey, MacKenzie Fry, Nick Glesing, Braden Hammond, Tyler Heathcote, Anna Horak, Johnny Hodson, Lauren Imlay, Mitchell Kelley, Daniel Larken, Emma LaVelle, Sierra Lax, Paige Littrell, Kevin Luo, Delaney Maddix, Aditya Mantri, Katrina May, Brice McDaniel, Chase McQueen, Emily Pollitt, Katie Prall, Marlee Reisinger, Lindsay Roese, Sharnikha Saravanan, Drew Schoeberl, Mason Shaffer, Brendon Sims, Ahaan Singhal, Grace Sonderman, Evan Stavnheim, Devon Stewart, Cori Taylor, Ben Thompson, Amy Weisner and Avery Wendel.