Student Spotlight: Sam Traylor '18
Sophomore Sam Traylor attended Our Lady of Lourdes, where he received Scecina's Crusader Scholar Athlete Award while still an eighth-grader for his academic and athletic efforts.
Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.
By Cari Gallagher '93
When you first meet Scecina sophomore Sam Traylor, you might think he’s quiet and reserved. But after you spend some time with him, it’s clear he likes to talk about one thing – football. His favorite book is “Friday Night Lights” by H. G. Bissinger. His role model? Peyton Manning.
A standout athlete since his CYO days at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sam received the Crusader Scholar Athlete Award while still an eighth-grader for his efforts and success in both academics and athletics. Now a full-fledged Crusader, Sam is the starting quarterback for the Scecina JV football team and a member of the track and field program. With a 3.94 grade point average, Sam repeated as a Crusader Scholar Athlete in his freshman year.
Sam’s dedication to his studies, and his aptitude for math, will serve him well as begins to plan his future. He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his parents with a career in healthcare. His mother, Heidi, a graduate of Ball State University, is a social worker for Indiana University Health Network. His father, Jim, earned his degree from Purdue University and is a Nursing Manager for Community Health. Sam has not yet decided where he will attend college, but he plans to study Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.
When asked what challenges he has faced, Sam said, “Transitioning from freshman year to sophomore year has been tough. The classes are much harder and I’m trying to balance sports too.”
But he knows that his hard work and perseverance will eventually pay off. When he is struggling and needs extra motivation, Sam he remembers the words of Peyton Manning “It is not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it’s refusing to fail.”
Posted on Wed, October 21, 2015
by Beth Murphy