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Posted January 22, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: MFL MarMac’s Burke earns football academic honor

MFL MarMac football coach Ray Rankin (left) presents Bulldogs quarterback Brandon Burke with his academic all-state award. (Chris Kleinow photo/MFL MarMac)

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By Chris Kleinow, MFL MarMac senior

MONONA – MFL MarMac senior Brandon Burke is the recipient of the 2012 Academic All-State Award.

His football coach, Ray Rankin, nominated him for the award, which was established by the Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA) to honor high school football players who are senior starters, have a GPA of 3.7 or higher, and are involved in other extra-curricular activities.

“Brandon is a great leader and role model for younger kids,” Rankin said.  ”He likes to set the bar high and works hard at whatever he does.”

Burke was the starting quarterback for the football team this year. Although the team finished 1-8,  Rankin said  “Brandon motivated and pushed the team to do their best.”

The last recipient of the award at MFL MarMac was Elliot Wirkler two years ago.

Very few others have been honored with this award. In addition to football, Burke also is  involved in baseball, basketball, National Honor Society  and Student Council.

“It’s cool to be one of the few kids at our school to achieve something that requires so much work in class and on the field,” Burke said.

Following graduation, Burke plans to attend college and would like to become a high school math teacher and football coach. He said he is looking to attend either the University of Northern Iowa or the University of Dubuque . If he chooses UD, he said he will play football in the fall.



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