Heights player awarded honor

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Central Pennsylvania Chapter recently announced that Ian Eckenrode of Cambria Heights High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Eckenrode was a senior tight for the Highlanders this past season who excelled on the field and in the classroom. He was selected from 71 high school scholar-athlete nominees from across the Chapter’s 25 county coverage area based on his accomplishments in the classroom, on the playing field and throughout the community. The scholarship will be presented at a ceremony tonight at Cambria Heights.

The Highlanders 2020 Defensive MVP, Eckenrode was also selected to the Laurel Highlands Conference All-Conference team and named a team captain. He’s been honored on numerous occasions as the Altoona Mirror Defensive Player of the Week and a three-year letter winner.

He currently ranks first in his class at Cambria Heights and has been named a Rural & Small Town” scholar for the College Board National Recognition Program (top 2.5% PSAT score).

He’s a member of the National Honor Society, Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award and placed first in the Carnegie Computer Science Creativity Challenge.

Eckenrode is a member of the wrestling and weightlifting teams. He’s active with the PA Junior Academy of Science, Technology Student Association, Percussionist, Concert Band and an altar server.

“Ian is the smartest player I have ever coached and serves as a coach on the field. His mental ability allowed him to get the most out of his athletic ability and lead our team in tackles and receptions for two seasons. He is the epitome of what a student-athlete should be.” said Cambria Heights Head Coach Jarrod Lewis.

Upon graduation Eckenrode plans to further his education and is considering Carnegie-Mellon University, Penn State University or Indiana University of Pa. majoring in Computer Science. He is the son of Lance and Amy Eckenrode of Ebensburg.

The NFF, Central Pennsylvania Chapter is one of 120 chapters nationwide involving over 12,000 members. Over the past 24 years, the Chapter has honored 954 high school and 130 collegiate nominees. In addition, outstanding high school scholar-athletes have been awarded scholarships totaling $284,000.

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The NFF & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit education organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people.


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