Newcomb and Strittmatter Named NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists
St. Louis, Mo., August 23, 2013 — Washington University in St. Louis freshman defensive back Dylan Newcomb and freshman wide receiver Zach Strittmatter are two of 33 finalists for the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) High School National Scholar-Athlete Award, as announced Friday by the NFF and College Hall of Fame.
The award will 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 five winners, who are now playing college football but are being recognized for their previous accomplishments in high school, will be announced the week of October 9.
Newcomb, a 2013 graduate of Waynesville High School, had 57 tackles, 13 pass break-ups and four interceptions as a senior. He was a first-team all-state selection in 2011 and 2012, and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman finalist. Newcomb was also a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete and valedictorian of his senior class.
Strittmatter, a 2013 graduate of Batavia High School, had 52 catches for 798 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. He was a two-time all-area and three-time all-conference selection, and named the 2012 conference Most Valuable Player. Strittmatter was also a two-time Academic All-State selection and valedictorian of his senior class.
With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 4,800 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 33 individuals in 2013 as finalists for the highly sought-after NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
During the week of Oct. 9, a national committee will select and announce the five winners, one from each region, of the 2013 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards. The five winners will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at the Waldorf-Astoria. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award has become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.