The Wyoming Chapter National Football Foundation’s 2018 High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year is Kade VanDyken of Big Horn High School. Ranked second in a class of 34, VanDyken has a GPA of 3.975 and an ACT composite score of 29. Over the course of his football career for the Rams, he accounted for 19 touchdowns and he caught 87 receptions for 1,340 yards and 20 touchdowns.
A total of 15 finalists emerged from 127 nominations from 34 high schools and the University of Wyoming.
A total of $19,200 in
scholarships was awarded Saturday evening at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center at the University of Wyoming. In the first 25 years of the Wyoming Chapter, a total of $369,150 in scholarships has been awarded. Each finalist Saturday was awarded a $1,200 scholarship and VanDyken received an additional $1,200 scholarship as the state’s top scholar-athlete.
Guest speakers were past Wyoming and West Regional Scholar-Athletes Justin Hopkin from Burlington in 1995 and Gavin Mills from Powell in 2008. Keynote speaker was Ron Dilatush, the membership chair of the National Football Foundation in Dallas, TX.
The Finalists honored Saturday night were:
Courage Award:Wes Eyre – Lyman High School
Perseverance Award: Roberto Hernandez – St. Stephens High School
Perseverance Award: Kolby Pisciotti – Newcastle High School
6-Man: Lain Mitchelson – Farson-Eden High School
6-Man: Clancy Gines – Farson- Eden High School
1A Lineman: Hunter Jeffres – Pine Bluffs High School
1A Back: Kade VanDyken – Big Horn High School
2A Lineman: Clayton Iacovetto – Wheatland High School
2A Back: Luke Glassock – Buffalo High School
3A Lineman: Conrad Swenson – Lander Valley High School
3A Back: Treyton Paxton – Riverton High School
4A Lineman: Jordan Bertagnole – Casper Natrona High School
4A Back: Parker Christensen – Sheridan High School
UW Cowboys – Adam Pilapil
UW Cowboys – Nico Evans
Special Award Recipients:
Greatest UW Football Fan: Roy C. Miller of
Greatest High School Football Fan: Deb Jacobs of Powell
Greatest High School Football Fan: Doug Potter of Green River
Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Pete and Linda Haman of Douglas
Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Eric Worden of Laramie
Ox Zellner Football Official Career Achievement: Bryon Mowry of Casper
Coaching Career Achievement: Bill Pentland of Wheatland
Coaching Career Achievement: Donnie Stewart of Glenrock