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NFF Honors Local High School Football Players

Monday, March 22, 2010


The Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame held its 2010 Awards Luncheon at the Louisiana Superdome in the Bienville Club Room on Tuesday, March 23.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame
2010 Awards Luncheon Photo Gallery

The event honored 26 local high school football players for their achievements in the classroom and on the football field. Two of the student-athletes, Maurice Rothschild from Warren Easton High and John Wenzel from Mandeville High, were selected to receive Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships for $2,500 each. In addition, two local businessmen were recognized for their contributions to the community and the sport of football.

Mickey Loomis, the executive vice-president and general manager of the New Orleans Saints, was honored with the Distinguished American Award, accepted on his behalf by Saints Director of Pro Scouting Ryan Pace. Loomis, who has been with the Saints for 10 years, was a key architect in the building of the Saints team which thrilled the city, the region and the nation with its tremendous Super Bowl run this past season.

Bill Bumgarner, a long-time prep sports writer, received the Contribution to Amateur Football Award. Bumgarner has been covering sports in the Crescent City since 1972, working for the New Orleans States-Item, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and He has covered every top-classification high school state championship football game since 1975.

Archie Manning, the national chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, recognized each of the 26 student athletes at the event. The winners were chosen from a nominated group of talented scholar athletes from the New Orleans area.

Philip Helmstetter (Archbishop Rummel H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor Roll every quarter since freshman year, consistent recipient of Renaissance Recognition. Athletic Awards: District MVP 2009, Metro MVP 2009, All-State MVP 2009, All-District 2008, All-East Bank 2008, Football Team Captain. Extracurricular Activities: Operation Head Start, Student Council President, Newspaper Reporter, Volunteers at St. Benilde School and "Special Connections" (special needs individuals) and member of Big Brother Club.

Lyndon "Lance" Lasiter (Archbishop Rummel H.S.)
Academic Awards:
National Honor Society, Honor Roll recipient every quarter, Renaissance Card Recipient. Athletic Awards: All-District. Extracurricular Activities: Member of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, Operation Head Start, Student Council Representative.

Evan Anthony Clark (Ben Franklin H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Principal's Honor Roll, National Achievement Semi-Finalist, Taylor Award. Athletic Awards: Second Team All-District Linebacker, 2008 Offensive MVP, 2009 Team MVP, two-year letterman. Extracurricular Activities: Key Club Member.

Jared Johnson (Ben Franklin H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Who's Who Among American High School students, National Achievement Awards, four-time Taylor Award recipient, excellence award on National Spanish Exam, Honor Roll for all four years. Athletic Awards: Rookie of the year as a sophomore, selected as Second Team All-District Defensive Back, team co-captain, three-year letterman. Extracurricular Activities: Four-year Student Council Representative, Academic Games Member, Close-Up program participant, volunteered service to the Lt. Governor's reelection campaign in 2007, volunteered for Arbor Day Activities

Carroll Barriere (Bonnabel H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor Roll, Gates Millenium. Athletic Awards: All-District, Letterman, Captain. Extracurricular Activities:  FCA, Key Club, Student Council.

Taylor James Hebert (Brother Martin H.S.)
Academic Awards:
High School Academic Scholarship, Principal's Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Academic Letterman, National Merit Honorable Mention, National Society of High School Scholars. Athletic Awards: Three-year letterman,  2009 ABC WGNO Scholar Athlete of the Week, 2009 Andy Douglass Memorial Award (Football team's highest scholastic award), 2009 Football Coaches Award. Extracurricular Activities: Students Against Drugs and its Effects on Relationships member, Student Ambassador, Volunteers at Chateau Notre Dame Nursing Home and St. Michael's School for Exceptional Children Summer Camp.

Surgene Troost (Brother Martin H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Five-year honor roll student, High School Academic Scholarship, National Honor Society, Academic scholarship offers to Auburn and Louisiana Tech. Athletic Awards: Three-year letterman, Team Captain, 2009 Coaches Award. Extracurricular Activities: Divine Mercy Catholic Youth Organization, Teen Cross, Operation Helping Hands, Executive Board Member of Student Ministry.

Tyler Scott (Covington H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor Roll 2006-2010, Academic Achiever 2006-2010, Taylor Scholar Award, WGNO Scholar Athlete of the Week. Athletic Awards: All-District Quarterback. Extracurricular Activities: FCA Officer, Tutor.

David Scheuermann III (Ecole Classique H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Four-year honor roll student, National Honor Society, LHSAA Academic All-State. Athletic Awards: All-District (junior and senior year), four-year letterman, team captain.

DeJon Steven Holmes (East Jefferson H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor roll. Athletic Awards: First Team All-District 9-4A, All East Bank first team running back, led his team to regional round of state playoffs 2009. Extracurricular Activities: Big Brother program, Spirit Club, Class Council, Campaign Volunteer.

Evan Luke (Fountainbleau H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor roll, National Honor Society, Key Club, Student of the Year nominee, Chem Student of the Year. Athletic Awards: Second-team all-district. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, Eucharistic Minister, TOPS Scholar, Bulldog Buddies.

Khang Vo (Higgins H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Xavier Scholarship, AB Honor roll, National Honor Society. Athletic Awards: Two-year letterman. Extracurricular Activities: Church Youth Group, Key Club.

Drake Tassin (Holy Cross H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor Roll, National Honor Society President, Mu Alpha Theta, Class Rank #1. Athletic Awards: Four-year letterman, first-team all-district. Extracurricular Activities: Football and Track, Silver Medal in Karate World Championships, President Key Club, President Mu Alpha, Peer Minister, Big Brother.

Wil Fischer (Isidore Newman H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor roll, National Merit Commendation, National Latin Exam honors, ABC 26 Scholar Athlete of the Week. Athletic Awards: Four-year starter, Team Captain, All-District, four-year letterman, team defensive MVP. Extracurricular Activities: Two-year letterman in baseball, homecoming court, junior usher, vice president of Newman Green Club, Counselor in Newman Sports Camps.

Sean McGoey (Isidore Newman H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor roll. Athletic Awards: Three-year starter, Reggie Reginelli Award winner, First-Team Academic All-State. Extracurricular Activities: Arts week member, writer for the Pioneer and the Greenie, member of Newman Players, homecoming court.

Andrew DeGenova (Jesuit H.S.)
Academic Awards:
National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, AP Scholar, National Merit Semifinalist, Great American Rivalry Series Student Athlete Award. Athletic Awards: Three-year letterman, Team Captain, ABC 26 Academic Athlete of the Week. Extracurricular Activities: Big Brother, Peer Support, Camp Sunshine, Special Olympics.

Brycen Koch (Jesuit H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor Roll, National Honor Society, National Merit Semifinalist. Athletic Awards: Three-year letterman, Team Captain, All District, Clarion Herald Elite Team. Extracurricular Activities: Boys and Girls Club, CYO, Pro-life club, March For Life, Rugby, Club Soccer.

Jordan Hanberry (John Curtis Christian)
Academic Awards:
Currently ranked No. 1 in class, Academic All-State Selection 2009, Honor Scholar 2006-present, Participant in National Youth Leadership Forum 2009. Athletic Awards: First-team all-metro football team 2009, first-team all-state football 2009, all-district football 2008-2009. Extracurricular Activities: Louisiana Engineering Advancement Team Member, Interact Community Service member, FCA member, also lettered in basketball, baseball and track.

Andrew Albert (Lusher H.S.)
Academic Awards:
National Society of HS Scholars. Athletic Awards: Second-team all-district, Track team captain. Extracurricular Activities: Senior Class president, Amistad Research Center volunteer.

John Wenzel (Mandeville H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor Roll, WGNO Student Athlete of the Week, WWL  A? Athlete, National Honor Society, Auburn University Presidential Scholarship Winner. Athletic Awards: 2009 Louisiana All-State football team, second-team all-district, four-year letterman, team captain, two-year baseball letterman, school's Rodney Smith Award recipient for the senior football player who annually displays leadership on and off the field. Extracurricular Activities: Big Brothers, Keep Mandeville Beautiful, Relay for Life, Homecoming Court, Xavier/ Hornets Leadership Summit, Math tutor.

Austen Krantz (Metairie Park Country Day)
Academic Awards:
Certificate de Revisite awarded to Top 50 percent taking National French Exam; Second Place Literary Rally (journalism), Tulane Book Awards, Yale University Award, Cum Laude Society (Top 10% of junior class). Athletic Awards: Second-team all-district, 3 year letterman, 3 year track letterman. Extracurricular Activities: Student Government, Student Senate VP, Freshman Class president, Junior Class president, Upper School Senate Secretary, School Newspaper "The Eh La Bas" editor, Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Barkus & Doberman rescue volunteer, Ripples Summer camp councilor, National Youth Leadership Council member.

Wes Edwards (Pope John Paul II H.S.)
Academic Awards:
National Honor Society Secretary, honor roll, third in State Literary Rally. Athletic Awards: Three-year varsity football letterman, second-team all-district. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, volunteer at SMM Fair in Slidell.

Zach Goodnow (Pope John Paul II H.S.)
Academic Awards:
National Honor Society Secretary, honor roll, third in State Literary Rally, second in District Literary Rally. Athletic Awards: All-district honorable mention, two-year letterman (football, soccer, track), Coaches Award. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, Volunteer Coach for Our Lady of Lourdes, Student Ambassador, Student Council, Jaguar Pride Rep.

Alejandro Otero (St. Paul's School)
Academic Awards:
Honor Roll, Highest GPA Gold Medal, Mu Alpha Theta, Math Honor Society, National Honor Society, Rensselaer Medal, Superior Achievement Medal, Auburn and Alabama University Presidential Scholarship Winner, National Hispanic Scholar. Athletic Awards: ABC 26 Scholar Athlete of the Week, first-team all-district, four-year letterman. Extracurricular Activities: Habitat for Humanity, Student Hosts, Big Brothers, LaSallian Youth Leaders, Quiz Bowl, Relay For Life, St. Joseph Altar, Ozanam Inn volunteer.

Chris Barnes (Slidell H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor roll, Presidents Award, Junior National Honor Society. Athletic Awards: Second-team all-district, three-year letterman (football, soccer, baseball), Coaches Award. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, Slidell Kindness of the Month Award, Key Club, Beta Club, Habitat for Humanity, Summer Video Institute Certification, Alumni Soccer Tournament volunteer.

Maurice Rothschild (Warren Easton H.S.)
Academic Awards:
Honor Roll. Athletic Awards: Two-time first-team all-district selection, District 10-4A Co-Most Valuable Player.

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