Rolando Merriweather is a four-year varsity football player and senior team captain at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School. Rolando’s selection as a 2016 Sportsmanship Scholarship honoree comes on the strength of an incident he recounted during the high school football postseason.
An opposing player had been injured on the field and suffered a concussion. After the teams had finished shaking hands at the end of the game, Rolando noticed the previously injured player on the bench and unresponsive.
As paramedics tended to the injured player, Rolando instructed his teammates to form two lines so they could shake the injured player’s hand as medical personnel transported him to a waiting ambulance. This act showed Rolando’s tremendous selflessness and leadership in an intense situation. Rolando will receive $2,500 to continue his education at Missouri University of Science & Technology.