Ryan Boyle, the two-time All-Metro quarterback for Gilman's two-time unbeaten and top-ranked football team, shared honors with Hereford's two-time All-Metro defensive end C.J. Feldheim as co-grand prize winners at the 37th annual Scholar Athlete Dinner at Martin's West last night in Woodlawn.
Boyle and Feldheim each play three sports at their respective schools and are outstanding students as well. They were co-winners of the North Region, and as overall winners each receives a $4,000 scholarship from the Greater Baltimore Chapter National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and its many sponsors.
Five regions in all had individual winners from among 93 prep scholar/athletes saluted last night. The four other region winners each received $1,500 scholarships, bringing the total amount to over $200,000 awarded by the Greater Baltimore Chapter in 37 years.
Arundel's Tom Dorsey was the South winner, Daniel Lyden of Patapsco in the East, Tom Wasniewski of Thomas Johnson in the West and Edmondson's Jemiah Green was the Central region winner.
Boyle led the Greyhounds to back-to-back 10-0 seasons and was 26-2 in three years as the starting quarterback.
Boyle, who also plays basketball and lacrosse, is ranked in the top 5 percent academically at Gilman with a near 4.0 grade-point average and is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar semifinalist.
"I want to thank my family and teammates for their support and guidance on and off the field," said Boyle, who is the third from Gilman to win the award. "None of this would be possible without them."
Boyle is headed to Princeton to play lacrosse, but could play football down the road at the Ivy League school.
Feldheim, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, has committed to Maryland after earning 12 varsity letters with the Bulls in football, wrestling and baseball. He is the first ever from Hereford to win the overall award.
As the Bulls' team captain, Feldheim also played fullback on offense and was a two-time, two-way All-Metro by The Sun while maintaining status in the top 10 percent of his class academically.
"I want to thank my parents for making me stay on my work every step of the way," said Feldheim, a member of the National Honor Society and an Honorable Mention Maryland Distinguished Scholar who had perfect attendance his last two years at Hereford. "This is a great honor."