High School Student Athlete of the Year

Presented by: BAHAKEL Sports

2022 HS Student-Athlete of the Year

Sean Boyle

Charlotte Catholic High School


2021 HS Student-Athlete of the Year

Jarrett Laney

Buford High School

Jarrett with Jim Szoke

2019 HS Student-Athlete of the Year

Wesley Poindexter

Cox Mill High School

Wesley with Gary Miller from Wendy’s

2018 HS Student-Athlete of the Year

James Shipley

Weddington High School

James with Wendy’s Customer Experience Manager, Ryan Schalles

2017 HS Student-Athlete of the Year

DeMarkes Stradford II

Charlotte Latin School

DeMarkes with Wendy’s Customer Experience Manager, Ryan Schalles

2016 HS Student-Athlete of the Year

Joey Hobbs

Weddington High School

Joey with Wendy’s VP of Operations, Tony Cathcart

2015 HS Student-Athlete of the Year

Keith Duncan

Weddington High School

2014 HS Student-Athlete of the Year

Turner Schwartz

Marvin Ridge High School

with former Carolina Panthers fullback Brad Hoover

Sean Boyle

Quarterback, Charlotte Catholic High School

Each year, the Charlotte Touchdown Club honors a student-athlete who has not only exhibited excellence on the gridiron but has shown dedication to scholarship, sportsmanship, citizenship, and leadership as well.  The recipient is selected from hundreds of student-athletes from over 80 local high schools.  This year’s recipient of the Student-Athlete of the year award is Sean Boyle, a quarterback from Charlotte Catholic.

Boyle is the Offensive Team Captain for this year’s Charlotte Catholic team. He has been on Varsity since his sophomore year and helped his team win two State Football Championships in 2019 and 2020.  In 2020, he was honored with the State Football Championship Most Valuable Player Award.  Boyle has been a 2-time nominee for The Charlotte Observer’s Player of the Week and earned WBTV’s recognition as a Big 22 Player of the Year 2022.  Furthermore, Boyle has been on the Carolina Stars 7v7 Team since 2018.

Sean is also a stellar student.  He was inducted into the National Honor Society in the spring of 2022 and has been on the Honor Roll each semester for the past three years.  Boyle has a cumulative GPA of 3.98 and an attendance rate of 98%.

Boyle is also very active in his community.  He started the St. Gabriel Catholic School Football Club that teaches students football fundamentals and skills.  During the holiday season, he participates as an Operation Christmas Child Volunteer.  In addition, Boyle serves by putting up Christmas lights for his elderly neighbors as well building, delivering and hanging Christmas stars in his neighborhood.

The Charlotte Touchdown Club and Bahakel Sports are proud to recognize Sean Boyle for all his accomplishments as the 2022 Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

The Award:

In 1994, the Charlotte Touchdown Club initiated the High School Student Athlete of the Year Award. This award is given annually to an area high school football player who has excelled in the four areas of our charter: Scholarship, Sportsmanship, Leadership, Citizenship.

We feel the sport of football teaches young men the very fundamentals that inspire the growth of our future leaders. Because of that belief, we provide financial support to more than eighty regional high school athletic programs in the greater Charlotte region. Each high school who has nominated a finalist for the Student Athlete of the Year Award will receive a $750.00 honorarium directed to their athletic department in the name of that school’s finalist. The winner’s school will receive a $2,000.00 honorarium, directed to the athletic department, in the name of the award recipient.

Award Criteria

All applicants must be in their senior year of high school football and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Five specific areas are evaluated on each applicant. These areas are:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletic Achievements
  • Sportsmanship
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship

The winner is chosen by a review panel selected by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and recognized with a trophy at the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Awards Presentation in December. All finalists will receive a plaque designating them as a finalist for this award.