Through its nationwide network of 120 chapters, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the selection of five exceptional individuals as the best and the brightest in the country for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens, naming them as the National High School Scholar-Athletes for 2006.
Chris Prosinski - West Region- Buffalo, Wyoming- now attending University of Wyoming
"With the National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards, the NFF annually strives to honor the absolute finest from the gridiron at the high school level," said NFF President Steven J. Hatchell. "The accomplishments of this year's five nominees make us all proud, and their contributions both on and off the field set the standard for their peers to follow."
With more than one million student-athletes playing high school football each year, the NFF chapter network reviews the credentials of players from thousands of high schools nationwide. The local chapters analyze numerous local nominees for their academic achievement, athletic performance and exemplary leadership while awarding 2,500 student- athletes more than $800,000 in annual scholarships. From this group of 2,500, the NFF selects five individuals for the recognition as National High School Scholar-Athletes. Since 1991, the award has become one of the most competitive and sought after high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to a grade point average, athletic accolades and community involvement.
The five scholar-athletes will be honored during the NFF's Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Later that evening, they will be recognized in front of a sold-out crowd as part of the NFF's 49th Annual Awards Dinner, including the induction of the 2006 College Football Hall of Famers. For more information, please call 800.486.1865 or visit www.footba llfoundation.org.
Buffalo HS, Buffalo, Wyo.
(Attending University of Wyoming)
Christopher Prosinski accomplished more in high school than most adults do in an entire lifetime. A true leader in every sense of the word, Prosinski exhibits an intense desire to excel in all aspects of his life, creating a legacy without peer in the state of Wyoming.
During his junior and senior years, Prosinski led Buffalo High School to two undefeated seasons and back-to- back state championship titles. A First Team All- State selection at quarterback and linebacker, Prosinski had 30 passing and 32 career rushing TDs while accumulating 3860 yards of combined offense over his three years. On defense his senior year, he had 104 total tackles and three interceptions.
Selected to play in the Wyoming Shrine Football Bowl his senior year, Prosinski claimed multiple football accolades, including the Milward Simpson Award as Wyoming's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete and the Wyoming Offensive Player of the Year Award. Prosinski also captained the basketball team, earning All-State honors twice and three times in track as well.
Graduating first in his class with a 4.0 grade point average, Prosinski won the admiration of his fellow students and teachers alike, earning a reputation as the go-to guy on and off the field. A three-year member of the National Honor Society, Prosinski served as the vice president of his class.
"In every sense of the word, Christopher is a winner," said the school's dean and athletic director Janet Johnson. "Christopher approaches each situation with enthusiasm and a positive attitude."
A tremendous role model with strong convictions, Prosinski's many community service activities included the Meals on Wheels program, raising money for cancer victims and speaking to young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. In addition to playing football at the University of Wyoming, Prosinski plans on studying business with a graphic arts concentration.
With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. The NFF presents the MacArthur Trophy, the Draddy Trophy presented by HealthSouth and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, the NFF Center for Youth Development Through Sport at Springfield College (Mass.), the NFL-NFF Coaching Academy, and scholarships of over $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes.