Posted on March 27, 2017 by Ryan Huffer
March 27 – Two St. Teresa seniors are being awarded for their academic and athletic achievements.
17-year-old Jason Duncan and 18-year-old Vanessa Nutakor, both of St. Teresa High School, have been chosen as the Rotary Neuhoff Media/Ameren Illinois Scholar Athletes for March 2017 by the Decatur Rotary Club.
Nutakor is ranked 11th in her class with a 3.6 GPA. She plays basketball, having earned 2nd team all-conference last season, volleyball, and she runs track & field. She was chosen as all-state in track for the 4×100 race three years in a row. Nutakor is also involved with the National Honor Society and KAIROS Retreat.
“Vanessa is a wonderful example of a Scholar/Athlete,” St. T Athletic Director Todd Vohland said. “Each and every day she brings great effort to the classroom, track and/or court. It has been a joy to watch her become a leader here at St. Teresa and I know that will continue into her college and professional life.”
Nutakor’s future plans are to attend the University of Illinois Chicago, major in Kinesiology, and study to become a physical therapist.
Duncan is 2nd in his class with a weighted GPA of 4.6. He plays basketball and was a two-year captain, track & field and is an all-conference/all-county sprinter and he was all-state in the 100 meter dash in 2016. He also played football his freshman year. Duncan is also the National Honor Society president, he serves on the Executive Council, is a juggling club member, and much more.
“It has been a pleasure to coach and teach Jason over the past 4 years. Throughout Jason’s time at St. Teresa he has exemplified hard work and detailed preparation in his day to day activities,” Vohland said. “Jason is an extremely impressive individual. He has a strong work ethic, pays close attention to detail, and respect for others. Jason is a leader on the court and in the classroom. His work ethic is contagious. He is the type of kid a coach dreams of coaching. He is a genuine young man with a very bright future.”
Duncan’s future plans are to attend the University of Chicago and become a sports medicine doctor.