Editor's Note: the following is a release of the Marlborough Public Schools:
Marlborough High School senior, honor student and Panther quarterback John Rumney recently was named the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month for December 2013. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association acknowledged Rumney’s leadership both on and off the football field in its narrative of his selection.
In his four years in the MHS Panther football program, Rumney played three different defensive positions as well as quarterback, this year throwing for 1,900 yards and 24 touchdowns and leading the team to the MIAA Division 2 Semi-Finals and an 8-3 overall record.
Academically, he carries three Advanced Placement classes and a 4.2 grade point average, ranking in the top 12 percent of his class.
This year, Rumney organized a service team activity where he and his teammates helped the Marlborough American Youth Football organization with a preseason jamboree that included 90 youth football teams. He has participated in the “Walking School Bus” program with Marlborough elementary schools and helped with local youth football and baseball clinics.
“John continues to be the heart and soul of our team and truly leads by example,” said Panther football head coach Sean Mahoney. Added Marborough Athletic Director Jeff Rudzinsky, “He is someone who does the right thing in the classroom, in the community, and on the athletic fields.”
Rumney will be recognized at the MIAA Coach of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Month Recognition banquet on May 29.
The MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented on a monthly basis to one male and one female student-athlete who display excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and community service. Nominations are submitted by principals, athletic directors, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or other school administrators.