Scott Songer figured at least 89 other guys could have taken home one of six awards -- including the $4,000 grand prize -- given out at Wednesday night's 28th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner.
"Me and a few guys who were sitting together were betting on who would win -- and it wasn't us," said Songer, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior at Southern High.
Songer was shocked when he was chosen one of the five regional winners to receive a $1,500 scholarship.
"They said it was because Iam well-rounded and I'm involved in community service," said Songer,who won the award for the South Region.
"I belong to my church choir, and for the past three summers I've worked as an adviser in a summer camp for 12- and 13-year-olds. I'm also on the yearbook staff atschool."
Songer was chosen from among 90 players, each representing a Baltimore-area high school football team at the dinner, sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
A captain and linebacker/running back on the football team lastfall and a captain and midfielder on the lacrosse team this spring, Songer ranks eighth in his class. He scored 1260 on his Scholastic Aptitude Test and maintains a 3.2 grade-point average in a curriculum that in cludes three advance placement classes.
Songer is considering three colleges.
"I've got scholarship offers from Ohio Wesleyanand (the University of) Delaware but I really like Bucknell (Pa.). I'd like to go there, and the ($1,500) money would really help," said Songer, who plans to major in mechanical engineering or physics.
"The Navy ROTC has offered me a three-year scholarship, and the Air Force ROTC has offered me one for $8,000 a year for all four years. Bucknell won't take either of those scholarships, but Delaware and Ohio Wesleyan will. I hope to make a decision by the end of this month."