Air Force freshman Weston Steelhammer is one of five 2013 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards recipients selected as the best of the best from his region of the country at the high school level.
“The NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards showcase first-class high school football players from across the country,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “This year’s honorees have set the standard for accomplishment on the field, in the classroom and in the community. We are truly proud to honor their success in December.”
Adam Greene – from Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Md., and the Greater Baltimore Chapter in the East Region. (Currently attending the University of Maryland)
Nick Peabody – from Barnstable High School in Hyannis, Mass., and the Jack Grinold/Eastern Mass Chapter in the Northeast Region. (Currently attending Princeton University)
Johnny Pena – from Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Ariz., and the Southern Arizona Chapter in the West Region. (Currently attending Brown University)
Weston Steelhammer – from Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La., and the S.M. McNaughton Chapter in the South Region. (Currently attending the United States Air Force Academy)
Zachary Strittmatter – from Batavia High School in Batavia, Ill., and the Chicago Metro Chapter in the Midwest Region. (Currently attending Washington University in St. Louis [Mo.])
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 at the Waldorf=Astoria. 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. Criteria for the award include, but are not limited to, academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.
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 nominate a group of finalists, and a national committee makes the final selection of the five winners, one from each region of the country, as the recipients of NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards.
During the past 22 years, 96 student-athletes have been recognized as NFF National High School Scholar-Athletes, and this year will mark the 23rd class of honorees. Recent recipients include Andrew Luck (2008, former Stanford and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback), Andrew Rodriguez (2008, Army linebacker and winner of the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy) and Bryant Browning (2006, former Ohio State and current New York Giants offensive lineman).
Other notable past recipients include Jon Stinchcomb (1998, a former Georgia and NFL offensive lineman), Drew Henson (1998, a former Michigan quarterback, and professional football and baseball player) and Bobby Hoying (1991, a former Ohio State quarterback and winner of the 1995 William V. Campbell Trophy).
Five NFF National High School Scholar-Athletes have gone on to win NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards for their accomplishments in college. They are Hoying, Eion Hu (1993, Harvard), Giovanni Carmazzi (1995, University of Pacific/Hofstra), Rodriguez and Stinchcomb.
South Region/S.M. McNaughton Chapter
A versatile athlete who played quarterback, running back and safety, Steelhammer lettered all four years at Calvary Baptist Academy, serving as team captain his senior season. A two-time All-State and three-time All-City selection at defensive back, he earned All-City Defensive MVP (2012) and All-District MVP (2011, 2012) honors his senior year.
Boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA, Steelhammer graduated valedictorian of his high school class. He received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and he was a member of the National Honor Society. He also earned Academic All-State honors in both football and baseball.
A finalist for Louisiana’s Wendy’s High School Heisman, Steelhammer built a reputation as an active volunteer in the community. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he participated in the student council, his church youth group and The Hub Ministry, which serves as a ministry to the homeless in Shreveport, La.
Steelhammer currently attends the U.S. Air Force Academy, playing football and baseball. A defensive back for the Falcons, he has seen action on multiple occasions as a freshman this season.