Oct. 4, 2017
IRVING, Texas -- Notre Dame freshman defensive back John Mahoney has been named a 2017 National Football Foundation Chapter Scholar-Athlete, as announced by the organization on Oct. 4.
Mahoney and four other student-athletes received the honor based on their high school accomplishments. He was the Midwest honoree for his football and academic accomplishments at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Mahoney is joined by fellow May 2017 high school graduates Bobby Maimaron (Northeast/Duxbury, Mass./Williams College), Brandon Micale (West/Arvada, Colo./San Diego), Rick Mottram (East/Allentown, N.J./Bucknell) and Blake Wooden (South/Plantation, Fla./Columbia).
John Mahoney excelled both on and off the field at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. A senior team captain, he was named First Team 4A All-State and Second Team Elite All-State at defensive back in 2016. The Tigers finished the regular season as the only undefeated 4A team in Iowa, with Mahoney leading the team to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Amassing 40 tackles his senior year, the first team all-district selection led a defense that registered three shutouts and limited its opponents to just 6.8 points per game. An Academic All-State honoree in 2016, Mahoney earned academic all-conference laurels all four years of high school.
Holding an impressive 4.28 weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale, Mahoney was a National AP Scholar in 2017, an AP Scholar with Distinction in 2016 and an AP Scholar in 2015. During his senior year, the National Honor Society member was a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship and was honored with the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award.
He extended his leadership skills off the field, serving as president of the Student Council and as a member of the Principal's Advisory Council. The recipient of the Silver Cord Award for accumulating more than 200 hours of community service, Mahoney held a leadership position during two charitable events that raised more than $8,000 combined. A two-sport athlete, he was a member of the 2017 Iowa 4A state champion track and field team while earning Academic All-State honors.
Mahoney plans to study finance and international economics at Notre Dame, where he walked on to the Fighting Irish roster as a defensive back. His father, Craig, was an NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1990 at Iowa State.
The five student-athletes will be honored at the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon presented by Under Armour in New York City on Dec. 5.
-- Releaese via National Football Foundation