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- January 3, 2024
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MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE & SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT
During the 90’s, the Mount Carmel Area football program has seen the record books rewritten by a group of athletes from 1994 thru 2000. Jon Veach has rewritten the rushing records all by himself. Without a doubt, one of the greatest to ever wear the Red and White, #25 leaves as the all-time leading rusher in Tornado history with 7,103 yards, good enough for 4th on the all-time list in the state of Pennsylvania. He also established new marks with 8,370 all-purpose yards, 592 points scored, 96 touchdowns, 45 games scoring a TD, 35 games rushing for over 100 yards, 10 games over 200 yards, and 6 games with 4 touchdowns.
Veach also owns new season marks with 2,834 yards rushing, 42 TD’s, 3,105 all-purpose yards, and 260 points scored. He also set a new single game record with his 296 yard effort vs Lakeland in the eastern semi-final.
During his career, Jon has started in 57 consecutive games and has a 49-8 record as a Red Tornado. His teams have won two State Championships (1998 & 2000) and have one Eastern Title in 1999. Defensively, Jon had 127 career tackles, 11 interceptions, 9 passes broken up, and more touchdown saving tackles than one could count.
For all of his accomplishments, Jon was named Pennsylvania Small School Player of the Year in 2000 after being named AP First Team for the third consecutive year. He is the only Mount Carmel Area athlete ever named first team for 3 consecutive years. Recently, Jon has been chosen to play in the 2001 Big 33 game scheduled for July in Hershey, PA. He becomes the 19th Mount Carmel Area player to be chosen to play in this prestigious classic.
This season saw the end of a 145 game streak where a Veach was a member of the Red Tornadoes – brother Bob from 1990 thru 1993, Brett from 1993 thru 1996 and Jon from 1997 thru 2000.
Veach has also been an outstanding track performer as a sprinter for the Tornado thinclads. He won three Dost IV gold medals in the 100, 4 x 100 meter relay and 4 x 400 meter relay team.
As a student, Jon ranks 3rd in his class of 120 with a 97.4 average and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Athletic Honor Society. He has recently joined the 1300 Club at MCA with his 1320 SAT scores. He serves as a Sgt at Arms of the Art Club, Treasurer of the Spanish Club and has been a member of Student Council for four years. Jon was named Rotary Student of the month for October and currently is an Altar Server at Divine Redeemer Church in Mount Carmel.
Jon, who is the son of Donna and Robert Veach, will continue his studies and take his outstanding football abilities to Princeton University in the fall.