Ringgold High School senior Bill Marnich is much more than the lone returning starter on the Rams football team for the 2009 season. He's an inspiration for teammates, coaches, opponents and any one who knows his story.
Earlier this year, Ringgold football coach and athletic director Lloyd Price nominated Marnich for the High School Rudy Award.
Named after Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the famed Notre Dame walk-on whose life story was turned into the movie, Rudy, the Rudy Award is a $10,000 academic scholarship with $5,000 scholarship going to two runners-up.
Marnich is one of 30 semifinalists from 22 states and the only semifinalist from Pennsylvania.
To read more about Marnich, the other semifinalists and to vote for the Rudy Award, please visit: http://www.highschoolrudyawards.com/Nominees/126/Bill_Marnich.aspx