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Purdue alumni magazine tells inspiring story of Scecina grad Donald Winston '96

On a cold day last January, a photographer for Purdue University’s alumni office set up her equipment in the middle of Scecina's gym. Her focus would be on Donald Winston, a 1996 Scecina graduate who excelled in football for the Crusaders and went on to a successful Division 1 career with the Boilermakers, including a trip to the 2001 Rose Bowl. 

Winston was ready for the spotlight. He was ready to tell his story, which appears in the Summer 2018 edition of Purdue Alumnus magazine called Captain’s Log. The story is titled “Finding Salvation in Sports: How athleticism delivered Donald Winston from a life of poverty, hardship.”  

The article chronicles Winston’s life from some tough streets of Indianapolis to school and football at Scecina and Purdue and now his current career and family life with wife Lauren, daughter Zaria, and son Adrian. In the article, Winston talks about how Godparent donors financed his Scecina tuition, making his education and his football career possible. 

Winston now is vice president of operations for Ardagh Group and lives in Carmel. 

Three other former Crusaders came to the Scecina photo shoot in January and are pictured with Winston in the Scecina gym: Brandon Folck ’96 (and also Purdue graduate); Michael Wallace ’95; and Bryan Conway ’96

Rose Branson, Scecina’s donor and alumni relations coordinator, helped with logistics for the photo shoot that night. 

“I think everyone has heard Donald Winston’s name around the Scecina community and knew a little about his background,” she said, “but the Purdue story really dives deep into the story of Donald and his life experiences. He has been such an inspiration to others, including many at Scecina. It was really moving to read. ” 

She added: “It was really fun to have Donald, Brandon, Michael, and Bryan back on campus to shoot their part for the story. I think they had a really good time together and it just goes to show you meet your friends for life at Scecina!” 

Click here for the Captain’s Log story about Donald Winston. 

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