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Russell, Beck honored by Moose Krause Chapter

Seth Russell has had a pretty terrific year.

The NorthWood High School senior won a Class 3A state basketball title with the Panthers last March and then helped coach Nate Andrews’ football team to a berth in the Class 4A state championship game.

Wednesday night, Russell was honored as the winner of the Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation 2024 Scholar Athlete Scholarship Award.

Russell, who ranks No. 1 in his class at NorthWood, earned a $2,500 renewable scholarship for earning the award.

Carrying a 4.0 grade point average and a SAT score of 1,340, Russell plans to major in Biomedical Health Sciences at Purdue beginning next fall.

The Moose Krause Chapter also honored former Elkhart Truth sports editor Bill Beck with the ‘Contributions to Football’ award.

Last season for the Panthers, Russell caught 31 passes for 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as NorthWood reached Lucas Oil Stadium, before losing to East Central in the 4A title game. He was a member of The Truth’s All-Area team as a tight end.

Among Russell’s school activities are the National Honor Society, the Senior Executive Council, the Football Unity Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fellowship of Christian Students and the Panther Pals, where he was a youth mentor.

Outside of school, Russell was a volunteer for Feed My Starving Children, a volunteer for the FCDC Food Drive, a volunteer for the Community 5K and a member of the Church Camp clean-up/groundskeeping crew.

He was a football captain his senior season and winner of the Jim Andrews Panther Pride Award in 2022. Russell was also a Colts Academic All-Star, a four-time scholar athlete and a member of the IFCA All-Academic team.

Russell also earned an Award of Excellence from the congress of Future Medical Leaders for outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

He started for coach Aaron Wolfe’s NorthWood basketball team this season, after serving as a sub for the Panthers state championship team in 2023.

Mishawaka quarterback Brady Fisher finished second and earned a $2,000 scholarship, while Fairfield’s Caleb Borkholder was third ($1,500).

Other local finalists were Jake Balis and Tommy Polus of Penn, Jackson Clopton of Jimtown, Drew Elliott of Goshen, Ethan Hochstetler of Fairfield, Logan Jellison of Elkhart and Joseph Moon of Concord.

Beck began working at The Truth as a stringer in 1980 and became a full-time writer in 1984 and the sports department editor in 2001. He spent 36 years covering sports in the county and was well-known for his immense love of high school football.

He became the managing editor of the Truth in 2016, before moving to Texas to be closer to family.