IRVING, Texas – Duke freshmen Kevin Gehsmann(Western Guilford High School) and Clark Bulleit are two of 40 finalists for the 2015 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards, according to an announcement Thursday by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).
The awards honor one young man from each of the country’s five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The finalists all graduated from high school in 2015 and are now playing college football. The five honorees, who are being recognized for their previous accomplishments in high school, will be announced the week of Oct. 5.
Both Bulleit, a 6-3, 275-pound offensive lineman from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., and Gehsmann, a 6-0, 225-pound linebacker from Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C., joined the program this fall.
“The NFF Chapter Network continues to grow and excel, and their work this year has allowed us to identify these exceptional 40 scholar-athletes who have clearly established themselves among the best in the nation,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “It will be a difficult task to select one from each region as the absolute best. Each possesses incredible talent in all facets of their lives, and it is a tremendous honor for us to highlight their accomplishments.”
With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year. The centerpiece of their efforts are the annual chapter awards banquets, which recognize more than 3,500 of the nation’s top scholar-athletes and distribute more than $1 million in scholarships. From this pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, the chapters have nominated 40 individuals in 2015 as finalists for the highly sought-after NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards. A national committee will select five honorees, one from each region.
The five honorees will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country.
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