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Jesuit’s Chris Simington ’24 Named Davey O’Brien Scholarship Finalist

Jesuit Dallas senior Chris Simington was announced by the Davey O’Brien Foundation as one of five finalists for the 38th Annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award. The prestigious award, underwritten by Higginbotham and Simmons Bank, is presented each year to the top senior student-athlete in North Texas.

Said David O’Brien Jr., Chairman of the High School Scholarship Selection Committee, “This group of finalists for the High School Scholarship Award is as impressive as can be. We once again had a tremendous group of applicants from across the area, and we are honored to have these five outstanding individuals associated with the Davey O’Brien Foundation.”

Simington continues to serve as a remarkable ambassador for Jesuit Dallas. Earning UIL All-District accolades as a defensive lineman following the 2022 season, he has been an anchor for the Rangers’ defensive front this season. Elected team captain ahead of his third season on the varsity roster, Simington has registered 68 tackles and a team-high four sacks while helping Jesuit to a 7-3 regular season record and a No. 18 ranking in the final Dallas Morning News Area Rankings. A member of Jesuit’s nationally-ranked rugby team that captured the 2023 Varsity Cup State Championship, Simington was named a top 40 player in Texas by Private School Football.

In addition to his prowess on the gridiron, Simington is an outstanding student, earning honors as an AP Scholar in addition to being named a National African American Scholar through the College Board’s recognition program. After serving as class president his first three years at Jesuit, this year, Simington is the student body president. He also serves on the Hope Squad National Council, a peer-to-peer mental health and suicide prevention organization.

Like all Jesuit students, Simington is deeply involved in community service, and has helped lead a service immersion program in Guatemala as well as weekly outreach at the Brady Senior Center. A talented musician, Simington earned all-state runner-up honors from the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) as well as TPSMEA solo oboe superior rating. Simington has earned numerous academic and extracurricular awards as a Jesuit student and is a recipient of the Tim W. Henrion Memorial Scholarship.

One of the five finalists will earn a $30,000 scholarship from the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the High School Scholarship Luncheon at The Fort Worth Club. The Foundation will also award $2,500 scholarships to each of the four remaining finalists. Recipients of the High School Scholarship Award are chosen on the basis of scholastic achievements, community service, character, leadership and varsity sports participation.

In addition to Simington, this year’s finalists include: Josie Arbuckle (Greenhill School), Parker Brizzolara (Lake Highlands High School), Charlie Humphreys (Cistercian Preparatory School), and Avery Jackson (The Hockaday School).


Photo credit to Daniel Martinez.