Canfield senior Donnie Allison, son of Donald and Debbie Allison, is having a great year. He was awarded the Byrd Giampetro Student Athlete of the Year by the Curbstone Coaches at their annual recognition banquet earlier this month.
Allison started his athletic career with the Canfield Little Cardinals almost eight years ago. According to his grandfather Dave Campolito, it may have gone back further than that.
“We have pictures of him when he was a little babe and he was holding a ball then,” he said.
When he hit his high school years he started out as a tri-athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball his freshman year. As a sophomore and junior, he dropped baseball but continued the other two sports. This year, he finished a stellar football season as team captain and was named to the ACC Red Division All-League team as well as the All Northeast Ohio second team. He was also one of the 111 students out of 35,000 in Ohio to be named to the Academic All-Ohio Football Team.
Allison’s abilities don’t end on the sports field though.
As an academic performer, he has earned high honors all four years of his high school career and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has also won the PTO Academic Award and is a Student Senate male athletic representative as chosen by his principal and athletic director.
Outside of school, Allison is a liturgical minister for St. Michael Church where he is involved in the youth group, volunteers at youth basketball and football camps, volunteers at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, is a home health aide for Homecare Network, and has been involved in several programs at nursing homes and to help the less fortunate.
“I just can’t believe what an excellent student he is,” Campolito said. “He truly is remarkable.”