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12/14/2019, Class 3 state championship, Hopewell (35) vs. Lord Botetourt (7) at Liberty University. Hopewell quarterback Joseph Eliades throws on fourth down to teammate TreVeyon Henderson for a 23-yard touchdown against Lord Botetourt in the third quarter.

Age: 17

GPA: 4.03

Athletic accomplishments: The quarterback for the Hopewell football team, Joseph completed 26 of 44 passes for 420 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in November. During three playoff games, the junior posted a passer rating of 104.4. Hopewell went on to win the Class 3 state championship and finish the year 15-0. He's the second Hopewell football player to be named scholar-athlete of the month this year, following TreVeyon Henderson in September. Joseph also plays soccer. 

Academic accomplishments: Joseph is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, DECA, and Future Business Leaders of America. He's a member of the dual-enrollment program at John Tyler Community College, and he'll graduate Hopewell with his associate's degree. 

Favorite class or subject: "History." He just finished World History I with Coach Parker.

Future major: "Business."

Three words to describe him: “Outgoing, laid-back, determined.”

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Joseph Eliades

Dream job: “I’d like to open my own recycling plant in Hopewell.” He and his brother, John, have talked about ways to move back to Hopewell after college and make a difference in the city. 

First job he wanted as a kid: "Probably to be a Marine or in the Army."

Favorite book: “Tuesdays with Morrie.”

Working to improve: “I'd like to improve in football getting bigger, stronger and faster...In school, I want to improve on my study habits and time management.”

Best sports memory: “When the time clicked to zero in the state championship game and we knew we completed the 15-0 season...It was a special moment we could share with city.”

On his playlist: “I like a little bit of everything...Alternative, classic rock, a little bit of rap.”

Most embarrassing thing on his playlist: “Fade Into You by Mazzy Star.”

Person alive he admires the most: “My father.”

Favorite thing about being the quarterback for the Hopewell team: “It’s always been a dream of mine. My dad took us to games, and as a little kid I remember seeing those guys and thinking the world of them. They were superstars to me. To be a part of something so well coached, so well executed, so well prepared. It’s been awesome.”

Hidden talent: “I can juggle.”

Favorite teacher at Hopewell: “Mr. Henley.”

Favorite emoji: “The laughing face because it can be taken in different ways.”

If he could go on any game show: “Survivor.”

If he could travel anywhere in the world: “Mexico.”

Best advice he ever received: "In football, to live to see another day.” On third and long, you don't have to throw the ball downfield and risk an interception. Don't do anything dumb and don't take a shot when you don't have to. 

If he could be any animal: “Shark.”

If he could have any superpower: “Fly.”

If he could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: “Thomas Jefferson.”

His house is burning down and he can take only one thing with him: “My box that I keep in my room of things I’ve had since my childhood – pictures with my grandparents, a couple things from my childhood.”

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Scholar-athletes of the month are nominated by their coach or athletics director and are chosen by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond Sports Backers. For more information on the program, visit sportsbackers.org/scholarships.

Sports reporter

Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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