Ekrem Ayhan ’17 Named NJISAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Posted: May 18, 2017

The New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association (NJISAA) named senior Ekrem Ayhan ’17 the state’s top independent-school male scholar-athlete for 2016-2017. Tallying the most votes from independent school athletic directors statewide, Ekrem received the NJSIAA Nick Gusz Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in recognition of his outstanding academic record and athletic accomplishments. The award is named for Nick Gusz, who served as athletic director at The Lawrenceville School from 1966 to 1984.

A Blair prefect and winner of 10 varsity letters, Ekrem has been a member of the football, soccer, basketball, and winter and spring track teams during his four years at the School. He served as captain of the varsity soccer and winter and spring track teams as a senior and has recorded numerous accomplishments on the track: He holds the School record in the 400-meter race (48.75); he was a member of School’s record-setting 400-meter (4 x 100) and 1600-meter (4 x 400) relay teams; he is the four-time Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) champion and three-time prep “A” state champion at 400 meters; he competed at the national championship in the 400-meter race and 1600-meter relay in 2016; and he earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter race at the Eastern States Championship (outdoor) in 2016.

"Ekrem has been an outstanding student-athlete these past four years and winning this award is well deserved,” said Athletic Director Paul Clavel ’88. “He is an extremely hard worker both in and out of class."

A day student from Hackettstown, New Jersey, Ekrem is also a cyclist and works as a courier for Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. He will attend Yale University next fall, where he plans to play soccer and run track; he is considering a major in biology or business and may pursue a career in medicine.

Last Updated: May 23, 2017