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Student Spotlight: Sean Murphy '16

Senior Sean Murphy is a pitcher and first baseman for the Crusaders baseball team and played soccer for the Crusaders last fall. His work in the classroom has earned him academic honors, including becoming a first-time President's Academic Excellence Award recipient this year.

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

“Sometimes it is the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” ~ Drake

Poignant words for senior Sean Murphy, whose road to success as a Scecina Crusader has not been a straight path, but an experience filled with twists and turns. Despite the ups and downs, Sean has remained unwavering in his commitment to academic, athletic, and personal achievement.

As he moves into the home stretch of his high school experience, Sean’s perseverance and determination, as well as his many awards and accomplishments, speak to the well-rounded young man he has become.

Sean joined the Scecina Class of 2016 during his sophomore year. It didn’t take long for him to establish himself as an outstanding student. Sean has maintained an A average at Scecina. He has especially enjoyed and excelled in his dual credit accounting class, taught by Mrs. Pam Brake. Dual credit classes allow students to earn college credit while still in high school through partnerships with Indiana colleges and universities.

Sean has been honored for his academic accomplishments with the Scecina Scholar Athlete Award (2015, 16). He also received ICC Academic All-Conference recognition (2015, 16), as well as Academic All-State acknowledgement during the 2015 baseball season. This spring he will be honored for the first time with the President’s Academic Excellence Award, given to students who are in the top ten of their class or who have achieved a 4.0 grade point average. The President’s Academic Excellence Awards ceremony recognizes Scecina Memorial students for their outstanding academic performance during the school year.

Sean made an impact on Crusader Athletics from the beginning, contributing to the baseball program on the diamond and at the plate. His impressive stats placed him on the All-City 2nd Team and earned him ICC All-Conference recognition. This year Sean faced another detour in his journey when he tore his ACL, which he states has been the biggest challenge he has had to face. But through hard work and tenacity, Sean will be back to lead the Crusader Varsity Baseball Team during his senior season.

Even though he already was a proven athlete, during the summer before his junior year Sean decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle to take his game to the next level. By incorporating workouts into his daily schedule and improving his diet, Sean lost 50 pounds. An unexpected benefit of his transformation? Sean has discovered a passion for culinary arts. “Most people would be surprised to know that I really like to cook,” he says.

Lighter, leaner and ready for a new challenge, Sean joined the Scecina soccer program in the fall of 2015. He quickly earned the respect of his coaches and teammates with his strong work ethic and quiet leadership and made the All-State Academic Team. He helped lead the Crusaders to the Sectional finals of the Indiana state tournament.

As graduation draws near, Sean is preparing for the next phase of his journey. He has received direct admission to the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, a nationally recognized business school offering real-world experience, top faculty, and a dynamic urban campus.

Sean is the son of Pat and Beth Murphy. Pat, a graduate of Ball State University and Indiana University School of Law, serves as a judge for Marion County Superior Courts. Beth attended Kent State University in Ohio. She is Director of Marketing Communications at Scecina. The Murphy family belongs to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Irvington.

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