AZNFF Announces 2018 Scholar-Athlete Award Winners

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The National Football Foundation- Valley of the Sun Chapter alongside the Fiesta Bowl Charities have announced the 2017/2018 Scholarship Award Winners. Representing all 250,000 high school football players from 186 high schools in central and northern Arizona, the winners were selected based on the combined criteria of 40% academics, 40% football accomplishments and 20% school and community citizenship and participation.

The National Football Foundation- Valley of the Sun Chapter alongside the Fiesta Bowl Charities have announced the 2017/2018 Scholarship Award Winners. Representing all 250,000 high school football players from 186 high schools in central and northern Arizona, the winners were selected based on the combined criteria of 40% academics, 40% football accomplishments and 20% school and community citizenship and participation. The 37th annual Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet is on March 24, 2018 from 5-9pm at the Scottsdale Hilton Resort and Villas. Brad Cesmat of AZ360 will be in the master of ceremonies.

The president of the NFF-Valley of the Sun Chapter, Adam Turner stated, “It is an honor to celebrate the accomplishments these men have made during their high school careers. They are successful not only on the football field, but in the classroom and community as well. These men are great examples of well rounded student-athletes and we couldn’t be more proud to award them with scholarships.”

Steven Leach, Chairman of the Board for the Fiesta Bowl Charities commented, “Fiesta Bowl Charities is proud to partner with the NFF-Valley of the Sun to provide scholarships to young athletes based upon their academic, athletic success and community involvement. We are excited to see what the future holds for these gentlemen.”

A list of the annual award winners are listed below:

First Team:            School:
Arndt, Mitchell A.        Arcadia
Bohrn, Jr., Robert V.         Hayden
Elrod, Vincent Kendall        Notre Dame Prep
Narveson, Brayden T.        Desert Mountain
Odinet III, Bertrand L.        Brophy College Prep
Purdy, Brock R.        Gilbert Perry
Renfro, Trevor C.        Peoria Centennial
Shough, Tyler J.        Hamilton
Viedmark IV, Arvid        Thunderbird
White, Kyle. L.            Notre Dame Prep
Wood, Jacob Michael        Highland

Second Team:            School:
Babb, Trevor Jack        Peoria    
Bolger, Wm. R. "Billy"        Chandler
Guest, Aidan Moses        Willow Canyon
Hill, David J.            Cactus Shadows
Lockhart, Timothy S.        Hamilton
Owsiany, Aaron Michael    Peoria
Redd, Parker Richard        Pinnacle
Thompson, Tyler D.        Poston Butte
Vaught, Jackson G.        Williams Field 
Young, Timothy R.        Bradshaw Mountain
Zutshi, Shay            Hamilton

Third Team:             School:
Corte, Joseph F.        Saguaro
Feulner, Anthony J. "TJ"    Arcadia
Godfrey, Tyler Thomas    Estrella Foothills
Link, Justin L.            Mingus Union
Marchica, Michael        Cactus Shadows
Nieto, Victor L.        Perry
Nyberg, Alex Patrick        Notre Dame Prep
Reiter, Ross A.            Brophy College Prep
Walker, Joshua Lynn        Desert Mountain
Wintermeyer, Nicholas    Cactus Shadows
Wittenwyler, Andrew J.    Thunderbird

Talking Stick Scholarship Award for Excellence:
Huey, Jordan B.        Mingus Union
Speaker, Tate            Perry
White, Christian Shanidiin    Page

Frances Kush Dedicated Student Athlete Award:
Valencia, Francisco D.        Hayden

Shaw Courage Award:
West, Brenden James        Maricopa

2018 NFF Chapter College Scholar Athletes:
Smallwood, Tashon A.        Arizona State
Esslinger, Ryan Daniel        Arizona Christian
Bailey, Trevor E.        Mesa CC
Mitchell, Matthew J.        Phoenix College
Rincon, John A.        Glendale CC

The 37th annual Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet will be on March 24, 2018 from 5-9pm at the Scottsdale Hilton Resort and Villas. To purchase tickets please click the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-37th-annual-scholar-athlete-awards-banquet-tickets-42504131000?aff=eac2

For more information, please contact:
Mark Weiss- mgweiss(at)outlook(dot)com
Colltey Sheldon- (480)272-7671

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