MANHATTAN — Cade Addis, a senior quarterback and middle linebacker for the Cherryvale Chargers last fall, was one of 11 players from the entire state honored at the 26th Annual Sunflower Chapter National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Monday.
The ceremony was held at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan on the K-State campus. Collin Klein, a former K-State quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist, was the keynote speaker of the event while former K-State head coach Bill Snyder and athletic director Gene Taylor were also on hand to bestow the awards.
“It was an awesome honor to be part of that elite group of 11 kids,” Addis said. “It was great to meet the people and be a part of a whole thing.”
Addis became just the second player in Cherryvale history to to receive the award, with the first being Brandon Blackburn in 2009.
“With any honor, we’re always humbled,” Cherryvale head coach Harry Hester, who accompanied Addis to Manhattan, said. “We’re trying to raise the best young men we can. Collin Klein talked about being good fathers and husbands and brothers, just good men. That’s what it’s about at the end of the day for all of us.”
Selection for the award was broken down into three categories: 40 percent academics, 40 percent athletics and 20 percent community involvement.
“He’s out there and gets involved in things,” Hester said. “He’s worked with the Special Olympics. He works all the camps and is so great with little kids. He embraces his role as someone the kids look up to, because he looked up to older athletes when he was their age. He’s been a great ambassador for our program.”
Addis is a four-year honor roll student at Cherryvale with a 3.91 GPA and a two-year member of the national honor society. On the field, Addis has been an All-Tri-Valley League selection three times dating back to his sophomore year.
Addis has also been on the student council for four years and routinely assists with community projects involving special needs children throughout Cherryvale.
“I love being a part of anything the community does,” Addis said. “I want to be in pediatrics after college. So it all plays a huge part in my life.”
The other 10 players honored on Monday included Daniel Backer (Conway Springs), Cooper Beebe (Piper), Colin Chandler (Beloit), Troy Charbonneau (Collegiate), Jacob Dice (Olathe North), Joshua Meuner (Bishop Miege), David Schulte (Halstead), Maxwell Siebol (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Austin Schoffner (Leavenworth).
“There were a couple of kids from small schools there,” Addis said. “You don’t have to go to a big school to do good things for your community. I thought it was great to see some of us up there.”
“There’s kids there from Olathe North, Bishop Miege and what have you,” Hester added. “It’s hard to find kids that have all three of the criteria — the academics to go with the athletics and being a leader in the community.”
Addis, who is currently wrapping up his senior year, intends to attend Allen Community College in Iola in the fall and major in pediatric nursing.