Bishop England senior Jarren McCoy has been selected as a 2019-2020 South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association Scholar Athlete.
The award champions his athletic achievements. McCoy played on the Battling Bishops football and baseball teams, and led the football team in tackles with 79.
But this scholarship honors distinguished scholastic, leadership, and citizenship attributes of high school student athletes and the importance of athletics in each student’s life.
And that’s where McCoy shines most. He’s a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Club at BE, which is more commonly known as the Math Club. He’s also a member of the prestigious National Honor Society.
McCoy and his family are very involved in the Vacation Bible Club program at St. Benedict’s Church in Mount Pleasant, where McCoy still is an altar server. He’s also involved in a foodbank and Habitat for Humanity via the NHS. He is a member of Coach Mike Darnell’s baseball team, a program that supports the Miracle League.
Throw in a GPA, 5.32 on the BE scale, and you have one very busy and accomplished student.
He will attend Clemson University and is very excited, “blessed,” to be part of the school’s honors program. He hopes to get an undergraduate degree in engineering and after that, McCoy sees medical school in his future.
McCoy began his junior year ranked No. 6 in the BE Class of 2020.
“I hope I’m in the top 5. I don’t think I’ve dropped,” McCoy said with a laugh.
He also began his senior year with a full athletics plate. He led the Bishops in tackles and recorded more than 400 yards as a wide receiver on the football team.
He played catcher on the varsity baseball team and was part of a Green Machine that was aiming for its fourth consecutive state championship. McCoy played on two of those teams and one that will have an asterisk on its 2020 season.
Darnell praised McCoy’s work ethic.
“He is one of the hardest working kids I have ever coached both on the field and in the classroom,” Darnell said. “I tease him a lot about the fact that he is not a morning person and we do a good bit of early morning workouts. The reason he isn’t a morning person is because he is up all night doing homework or studying. I am pretty
sure he goes straight from the field or the weight room to studying.”
McCoy admits his senior year hasn’t been the same since the coronavirus pandemic struck.
“The craziest thing is I didn’t know a whole lot about it until the week before (they shut down school). I heard it was in China and Italy,” McCoy said. “Then it was like, ‘Oh, they will close school for a couple of weeks.’ And then, the rest of your senior year is gone.”
The school is hoping to hold a graduation ceremony in mid-June at Jack Cantey Stadium, and that would bring some closure for McCoy and his classmates.
“I know it will definitely be different,” McCoy said. “It would be good to see some of the teachers again — and to see the rest of the Class of 2020.”