Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter
National Football Foundation
Jon Baker of the Millis High School Mohawks and the Boston College Eagles
Jon Baker, a standout offensive and defensive lineman who completed his Millis High School Course of Study in just 3 1/2 years, has been named one of 36 finalists for one of five National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards. The five national recipients of the awards will be named in October, and the group will be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Baker is fluent in Spanish and graduated from Millis in January with a 4.56 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). 15 of the 25 classes he took at Millis were either honors level or advanced placement courses and in his five courses in his final semester at Millis, he received five “A+” grades. Jon was a four time Tri-Valley League All-star and was both an all-state and all-scholastic selection.
In the community, Baker has coached basketball and baseball for the Town of Millis Youth Programs. He has also been an active participant in Middle School and town park playground clean-ups and assisted in the clean-up of the Millis AMVET Center.
Baker, 6'3" and 281 lbs, is currently attending Boston College on a full football scholarship where he is enrolled in the Carroll School of Management.
Jon Mererparel, the play by play voice of Boston College football and basketball, and the play-by-play voice of the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, has agreed to serve on the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter Board of Directors. Meterparel has served as the Chapter's Scholar-Athlete Banquet Master of Ceremonies for the past four years.
Grinold Chapter Executive Board members Jim Seavey and Bill Gorman have recently received awards for their work as sports information professionals at area colleges. Seavey, the Chapter Banquet Chairman, was named Employee of the Year by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, while Gorman, the Chapter Treasurer and Associate Director of Athletics at Wentworth Institute of Technology was honored with the Irving T. Marsh Award by the Eastern College Athletic Conference - Sports Information Directors' Association.
Seavey, left, was nominated for his award by Massachusetts Maritime Academy Director of Athletics Bob Corradi. Seavey is one of three employees at the Academy to receive the designation following the 2013-14 academic Year. In addition to his sports information work, Seavey is director of Intercollegiate Athletic Scheduling, and is the advisor to the Maritime Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Gorman, above right, is also the Director of Athletic Compliance, Intercollegiate Athletics Scheduling Coordinator and in charge of financial operations for WIT's athletic department. The inscription on his award reads, "For dedication and contributions to, and excellence in, the field of collegiate sports information".