Central Ohio High School Sports Awards: 2023 scholar athletes


Bexley’s John Laing, Linden-McKinley’s Christopher Towns, Columbus Academy’s Grace Luo and Olentangy’s Parker Parker lead a group of 22 scholarship winners announced Thursday by The Dispatch at the Central Ohio High School Sports Awards at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

In addition, the top athletes in 30 sports were honored during the show, which was presented by Encova Insurance and in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Former Dublin Coffman, Notre Dame and NFL quarterback Brady Quinn was the guest speaker.

Encova Insurance and the Warren B. Sneed Memorial Scholarship awarded $63,000 in scholarships based on students’ accomplishments in the classroom and on the field of play, and as leaders in their school and community.

The scholarship winners were:

Linden-McKinley’s Christopher Towns stands with Archie Griffin after winning the John J. Bishop Scholar Athlete award during the 2023 Central Ohio High School Sports Awards on Thursday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Christopher Towns, Linden-McKinley 

John J. Bishop Scholar Athlete  ($7,000 scholarship) 

Towns finished high school as valedictorian of his class, with a 4.034 GPA, and participated in six sports in four years.

Still, the third-oldest of 16 children does not necessarily emphasize finishing first.

“I want to give (my siblings) and competition, whoever that is, the push to be better than me,” Towns said. “There’s always competition to get better grades and be a better person. They look up to me with my grades and how I act. …


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