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Scecina's Okerson wins Kiwanis athlete-scholar award


Scecina senior Jake Okerson (21), a forward for the Crusaders,  was honored as one of  five senior Marion County high school basketball players with the highest career grade point averages.

By Beth Murphy

Scecina senior Jacob Okerson was one of five Marion County senior high school boys basketball players who received a Downtown Indianapolis Kiwanis-NextGear Boys Basketball Academic All-Star Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarships are awarded to the five senior basketball players who maintained the highest career grade point averages.

The scholarship, sponsored by NextGear Capitol, was presented at the 69th annual Indiana State High Boys Basketball Finals Luncheon last month at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, one of the luncheon sponsors.

“My studies always come before basketball, and it was difficult to balance the time,” said Jacob, who played basketball all four years at Scecina. But hard work pays off.”

Jacob is headed to Indiana University in Bloomington where he hopes to continue playing ball as an intramural or club sport.

Jacob’s mother, Maureen, is a Scecina staff member. His father, Jim, is Scecina graduate, Class of 1980; brother Vince is a 2006 graduate, and brother John, a member of Scecina’s Class of 2008, won the same Kiwanis scholarship in his senior. Other 2015 recipients of the Kiwanis scholarship were Carter Herman of North Central High School; Tyler Schoettle of Roncalli; Tommy Pich of Beech Grove; and Ethan Smith of Covenant Christian.

Okerson was represented at the luncheon by Scecina President Joe Therber at the luncheon.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Doyle wrote:
Congratulations Jake, way to represent Scecina, Your Family and Friends and your Community,
job well done

Fri, May 1, 2015 @ 3:54 PM

2. Nick Petrone wrote:
That is quite an honor! Way to go, Jake!

Sun, May 3, 2015 @ 12:35 PM

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