Arundel's McKnight awarded scholarship as top scholar-athlete All-County DB earned 4.39 grade-point average

March 14, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Imagine being ranked first in your class of 404 and scoring a perfect 1,600 on your PSAT while maintaining a weighted grade point average (GPA) of 4.39 and earning All-County and All-Metro honors at defensive back.

Meet Mike McKnight of Arundel High school, headed for Harvard University and the grand prize winner of a $4,000 scholarship at last night's 33rd annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner at Martin's West in Woodlawn.

Few student-athletes combine the rare qualities of academic and athletic achievement as well as McKnight. It's no wonder he was named "most likely to succeed" in his senior class.

"Mike's a super kid and his peers don't see him as an egghead but rather as a friend," said Tina McKnight, Mike's mother, who is an Anne Arundel County elementary school teacher.

"He started reading when he was 3, and we knew he was going to be special, just a super kid."

McKnight, of the South region, was one of five regional winners among 87 nominees from every football-playing high school in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford and Howard counties, in addition to Baltimore City. Sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, $1,500 scholarships were awarded to the four other regional winners.

The region winners included: Kris Hallengren (OT-DE, All-Independent League, ranked fifth in class) of Patapsco, East; Chris Berrier (TB-S, school's career rushing leader, Princeton), St. Paul's, North; Terry Otto, Jr., (G-DT, second All-Metro, ranked in top 10 percent of class), Patterson, Central; and Brian Howard (FB-LB, All-Metro and All-State, school's Gold Honor Roll), Oakland Mills, West.

All of the 87 nominees were chosen by their respective schools based on their football and academic abilities. The Chapter selection committee reviews each applicant, searching for the most well-rounded scholar-athletes.

McKnight, a Maryland Distinguished Scholar, scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of his SAT and a 750 verbal.

On the football field, the 5-foot-8 and 155-pound McKnight was a key member of a defensive unit that led Arundel (10-1, lost in playoffs) to a 10-0 regular season.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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