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This year's Top Football Scholar Athlete from Wyoming is...

This year's Top Football Scholar Athlete from Wyoming is...

*Feature Photo: Wyoming's Top Scholar-Athletes were recognized at the 22nd Annual Banquet of the Wyoming Chapter, National Football Foundation held in Laramie Saturday night. (Pitchengine Communities) * (Laramie, Wyo.) - Congratulations to Theo Dawson of Jackson Hole High School, who was named the state's Top Football Scholar- Athlete by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Dawson, and 15 other scholar-athletes from each of the state's football classifications and the University of Wyoming, received $1,200 scholarships. As the state's top scholar-athlete, Dawson received a second $1,200 scholarship. [image: Inline image 1] *Theo Dawson, Wyoming's Top Scholar Athlete for 2015. (Pitchengine Communities)* The 2015 Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year, Dawson led the Broncs to the Class 3A Western Conference Championship this past fall. He rushed for an unofficial state single-game record of 489 yards on 39 carries in a 44-21 win over Riverton to lead the Broncs to the 2015 State Semi-Finals. A four-year letterman, Dawson rushed for 5,500 yards in his career including 2,449 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. He twice was named the West 3A Offensive Player of the year. A multi-sport performer, Dawson has also earned letters in wrestling and track where he is an all-state performer. Theo has a grade point average of 3.98, scored a 32 on his ACT test, and ranks 5th in a class of 150. A two-year member of the National Honor Society, he is active in Key Club and the Best Buddies Support Club. He is a National History Day state champion and a national qualifier and placed second in school and regional math competition. After completing his church mission, he will attend the University of Wyoming where he will study engineering and play football for the Cowboys. His proud parents are Ted and Suzy Dawson. Scholar-athlete Finalists who received $1,200 scholarships are Hayden Fauber, Kaycee; Shawn Shepperson, Meeteetse; Jackson Linford, Cokeville; Jeff Burroughs, Southeast; Josh Calvert, Wheatland; Elijah Stewart, Glenrock; Baylor Beers, Riverton; Teagan Cordes, Powell; Skyler Miller, Torrington; Quinn Happold, Cheyenne East; and Blake Godwin, Sheridan. Also receiving $1,200 scholarships were the recipients of the chapter's Courage and Perseverance Awards, Cameron Myers of Cody and Jaxn Kobza of Tongue River high school. The University of Wyoming Scholar-Athletes and scholarship recipients were Rafe Kiely and Cameron Coffman. Scholar-Athletes who were nominated, but were not finalists and who attended the banquet at the University of Wyoming Gateway Center each received a $300 scholarship for the school of their choice. There were Zach Campbell of Sheridan, Tucker Frederick of Cheyenne Central, Kyle Jeffres of Pine Bluffs, William Shafer of Big Piney, Thatcher Spiering of Saratoga and Dillon Vanetii of Natrona County High School. Special Awards were presented to the Greatest UW Football Fans Chuck and Katie Brown of Wheatland and Keith Downey of Laramie; Greatest High School Football Fans Michael Popeck of Lander and Lee and Donna Shafer of Big Piney; Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Danny Watson of Riverton and the Douglas High Chain Gang, Dylan Grant, Randy Rider, Terry Rider and Todd Van Rensselaer; The Ox Zellner Football Official Career Achievement Award was presented to Dave Frahm of Worland and the Football Coach Career Achievement Awards were presented to Harold Bailey, formerly of Shoshoni and now living in Greeley, Colo., Bill Lehr of Big Piney and Doug Bartless of Torrington. [image: Inline image 2] Michael Popeck of Lander received an award for Greatest Wyoming High School Fan. Presenting the award was Dan Felton. (Pitchengine Communities) [image: Inline image 3] *Former long-time Shoshoni High School Football Coach Harold Bailey, right was presented with a Career Achievement Award. Presenting the award was Mike Schutte. (Pitchengine Communities) * [image: Inline image 4] *Danny Watson of Riverton, right, was presented with an Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football award by Kermit Sweeney of Worland. (Pitchengine Communities) * [image: Inline image 5] *Wyoming Football Coach Craig Bohl was the keynote speaker who reminded the athletes that success is not automatic and the tired and true "old school" methods of being responsible, having your words count and being accountable still work. "Intelligence and talent will only take you so far," he said. (Pitchengine Communities) * #county10 #springcity #buckrail #oilcity #buckrail #dally #county17 #shortgo #news