Brett Endler, a two-time All-Metro soccer midfielder who played on three state championship teams at River Hill, will attend Loyola College of Baltimore next fall on a partial academic scholarship.
Endler, a four-year starter for River Hill, has a 4.4-weighted GPA, a 1,230 SAT score and is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar.
He also received scholarship offers from three other Division I schools, including Mount St. Mary's, Stetson University in Florida and Xavier University in Ohio. The offer from Mount St. Mary's was a full athletic scholarship.
"Loyola and Carnegie-Mellon were my top two choices but I decided to stay local, and because Loyola is Division I, it offered more of a challenge," said Endler, who plans to study accounting and business. "I really want to thank the three coaches who were great inspirations for my success and whose lessons on and off the field helped me realize my goal."
Endler was coached by Don Shea, Bill Stara and Jeff Rohrman.
"Loyola is a good choice for him," Stara said. "He can play at that level. Loyola runs a good program and is a great academic school, and he's extremely academically motivated."
"When you play outside midfield, you don't always get much attention. But he allowed us to attack down the flanks and is one of the top players in the county. He was special for us at River Hill."
Endler scored 12 goals and had 16 assists last fall.
Endler plays for Rohrman on the Columbia United Under-18 team that holds the Maryland state title and recently won the Jefferson Cup in Richmond.
The 20th annual Howard County High School Swim championships will be held noon Sunday, at Howard Community College.
The Columbia Clippers Swim team, HCC and the Columbia Association are sponsors of the event and will make cash contributions toward chemical-free graduation parties for the schools finishing first and second.
All 10 county public schools will be represented. River Hill is the defending champion.
For information call Tony Mazzarella at 301-490-2994.
Deadline for applications for the Columbia Rotary Club's 15th annual Robert Davidson Scholar Athlete Scholarship awards is Friday, April 14.
Academic and athletic accomplishments are equally weighed in awarding the $2,000 grants to the top male and female applicants. There are also runners-up awards of $500.
Winners and their families are honored at a Rotary Club dinner, and winning schools receive a plaque to display.
Applications are available through high school guidance offices or on the Rotary Club's website at www.Columbia Rotary.org.