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Scecina honors "We Care" Award recipient and Super Boosters

David Smock (third from  right) is the 2017 recipient of the Larry Neiglinger "We Care" Award.

By Cari Gallagher '93, Athletics Assistant

Scecina celebrated Super Booster Night during the boys basketball game on Feb. 11, honoring several people who have given their time and talent to Crusader athletics.

The recipient of the 2017 Larry Neidlinger “We Care” award is David Smock. David is the son of Pat and Judy Smock, longtime benefactors of Scecina Memorial High School. David is the youngest of nine children, all of whom attended Little Flower Catholic School and graduated from Scecina Memorial High School. 

During David’s days at Scecina, Larry Neidlinger served as the school principal and instilled in David the importance of having “an open mind, a positive attitude, and to always give an honest effort.”

Upon graduating from Scecina in 1989, David attended Butler University. In 1993 he was named one of Butler’s Top 100 Outstanding Students. He also won the Richard Guyer Outstanding Student Teacher Award. David graduated from Butler with a degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies and English.

 Larry Neidlinger hired David that fall to work at Scecina. Over the next 15 years David taught Catholic Theology, English, and Social Studies. He also acted as an assistant administrator, assistant athletic director, retreat leader, and senior class moderator. He directed five spring musicals. David has been involved with the Crusader baseball and basketball programs, and he just completed his 26th year as the statistician for the Scecina football team. 

David is currently in his sixth year as principal of St. Matthew’s Catholic School on Indy’s Northeastside. He is a proud uncle to 14 nieces and nephews, and four great-nieces and great-nephews.

“Scecina Memorial High School, and the Scecina Athletic Department, could never properly repay David for all that he has given over the years,” said Judy Neidlinger. “However, we can honor him with an award named for my husband, who also cared so deeply about Scecina. So it is with great love that we recognize Mr. David Smock as the winner of the 2016-17 Larry Neidlinger "We Care" Award.” 

Scecina also recognized four Super Boosters, people who have worked to support and build the Crusader athletic program: 

Tim Gallagher, a 1993 Scecina graduate, can be counted on to do whatever is needed to keep the athletic facilities in good condition. He can often be found mowing, aerating or seedin the football and soccer fields. He’s always asking, “What can I do to help?” 

Jeff Marshall has volunteered in a variety of roles since 2011, when his son Jacob enrolled as a freshman. Jeff has run the clock at Crusader football games, worked the gate for many basketball games, and acted as announced for home softball games. He also is the “unofficial” photographer for the softball team. 

Amy Marshall is the mother of Crusaders Jacob ’15 and Alex ’19. She can always be counted on to help when needed. She volunteers in the concession stand, works the admission gate, and often stays to clean up after an athletic event. This year she has been an integral part of Scecina’s recycling efforts, along with her daughter Alex, who is president of the Red and Gold Going Green club. 

Kirsten Vantwoud “gives that little “extra” to Scecina as a volunteer cheerleading coach. Kirsten travels with the team, attends practices, supervises the squad at games, and provides much-needed support to the program. She is seen as the beloved Team Mom, often lending a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. 

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