It's easy to see Connor White has a passion for sports. In high school, he played almost every sport he could, from football to basketball to golf.

That passion for sports — along with his strong academic performance — earned him a "student athlete of the year" award from Newton Medical Center.

"I was ecstatic," White said after receiving the award. "I was very excited."

White recently graduated from Andover High School, where he was a three-year letterman in football. His list of other awards is a long one: he was a Senior Athlete Award winner and named first team all-league and all-metro and all-state honorable mention as an offensive lineman.

He also received the Dale Downing Sportsmanship Award and was the winner of the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award. He has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Principal’s Advisory Board, National Honor Society, President’s Education Awards Program and Kansas Scholars Curriculum. He received the Lisa Cox Memorial Service Award, the Andover Public Schools Helping Hand Award and the Outstanding Spanish Student Award. He volunteers for the Red Cross and was an aide and tutor at Andover Middle School.

He is currently a freshman at K-State and is majoring in landscape design. He continues to play intramural sports in college.

Each month, Newton Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will feature an area male and female student athlete who excels on and off the field. These student athletes exhibit outstanding commitment to their academic success while participating in high school sports and other activities.

To nominate a student athlete, email the student's name and high school and a short testimonial to If you have questions, call Mike Cooper at 218-3579.