DANIEL C. CAMERON for GTR Newspapers
John Carradini of Union is the Student Athlete of the Year. Carradini has been awarded this honor for his outstanding efforts and devotion to his studies, his team and his community.
He was a four-year varsity football player for the Union Redskins where he has been part of three consecutive state championships. He primarily played fullback and tight end and was named to the Academic All-Conference team for his efforts throughout the 2010 season.
Carradini is graduating with Salutatorian honors, is a Distinguished Graduate, an AP Scholar with Honor and is a member of the National Honor Society. He was the January 2011 Student Athlete of the Month.
Carradini is active in the Boy Scouts, earning the honor of Eagle Scout in 2007. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts National Honor Society.
He is graduating ranked 11 of 972 in his class with a 4.0 and a 5.02 weighted .
The Distinguished Service Graduate puts service above self, racking up nearly 200 service hours on and off campus. He is a Children’s Church Program Leader at Fellowship Bible Church and a Vacation Bible School Teacher.
Carradini is an active participant in the Redskin Aid program where members of the football team do acts of service in the community. He has played bingo with senior citizens, helped clean sports fields and volunteered for an Alzheimer’s fundraising gala and with Down Syndrome Children.
Carradini will attend the University of Arkansas and study pre-med with a focus on biomedical engineering in preparation for medical school. He hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon and practitioner of remote medicine.