Summit junior named All-American in punting

Summit junior Graham Nicholson

Summit Country Day junior Graham Nicholson was named a High School All-American

Summit Country Day junior Graham Nicholson, Anderson Township, was named a High School All-American for the 2019 season at the Chris Sailer Kicking camp held January 18-19 in Las Vegas. 

Graham is a three-year starter and member of the two-time state champion Summit soccer team. In addition, Graham is a three-year starter on The Summit’s football team, specializing in both kicking and punting. He is also a three-year member of The Summit varsity Swimming and Diving team, helping the freestyle relay team to districts in 2018.   

Earlier in January, Graham was named to the Kohl’s Kicking High School All-American team as a punter. Other awards for his 2019 performance include All-Ohio punter, All-Southwest Ohio District First Team punter, Summit’s Special Teams Most Valuable Player, All-Miami Valley Conference First Team Kicker, All-Southwest Ohio Coaches Association First Team Kicker and All-Tri-State Football punter. Graham set a new school record this past season with a 73-yard punt. He had a 47.7-yard punt average with 7 of 18 punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Graham led the MVC in kick scoring and touchbacks. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently named him to the Cincinnati High School Football: Southwest Ohio All-Decade Football team as the punter in Divisions III-VII for the years of 2010-19. 

“Graham is an amazing athlete, who displays high character as well as a work ethic like no other,” says Summit Country Day Head Football Coach, Justin Isaacs. “He’s the best kicker/punter I have ever seen. His hard work is paying off. I’ve seen greatness in him since middle school that transcends his will to be the best. I’m proud to know and coach him.” 

In addition to playing on The Summit’s state championship soccer team, Graham played top level club soccer with Kings Hammer Academy and secured multiple state cup championships as a striker. His Ginga Futsal team won the United States Youth Futsal National Championship in 2017. 

Graham is listed as a five-star kicker/punter recruit and was recently named to the National Honor Society. He has been a student at The Summit since kindergarten.