National Football Foundation banquet set for Jan. 15

Athletes from Southwest Washington high schools to be recognized for their play, academic record, and community service

Save the date, football fans.

The Clark County chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will hold its annual banquet on Jan. 15 at Hudson’s Bay High School.

Skyview's Mason Wheeler has his photo taken after he had his tuxedo fitted in preparation for the Clark County chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual banquet. The banquet, Jan. 15 at Hudson’s Bay High School, recognizes more than 30 senior football players who excel on the field, the classroom, and in the community. Photo by Paul Valencia
Skyview’s Mason Wheeler has his photo taken after he had his tuxedo fitted in preparation for the Clark County chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual banquet. The banquet, Jan. 15 at Hudson’s Bay High School, recognizes more than 30 senior football players who excel on the field, the classroom, and in the community. Photo by Paul Valencia

This year, 32 seniors representing 18 schools from throughout Southwest Washington have been nominated for the scholarships that are awarded by the chapter.

The chapter also will announce its winners for coach of the year, assistant coach of the year, and other contributions to football.

The football players are nominated by their schools for not only their performance on the field, but their excellence in the classroom as well as service to their communities. In all, six athletes will earn scholarships — three backs and three linemen. 

All nominees, in formal attire, will have their accomplishments announced to the banquet attendees.

“There is little that separates the scholarship winners from those who don’t get a scholarship,” said Scott Evenson, president of the local chapter. “They are all outstanding members of our community, and we, as a society, should embrace their achievements in each of these areas.”

A ticket to the banquet also includes dessert. 

For ticket information, https://www.universe.com/events/national-football-foundation-awards-night-tickets-vancouver-XV5F64?ref=universe-discover

“I feel the yearly nominees deserve to be recognized for who they are and what they’ve done,” Evenson said. “It is important we encourage them to continue down the road to further success as they embark on their bright futures.”

This will be the 28th year for the local chapter’s banquet.

The nominees for the 2020 banquet are:

Hunter Abrams, Ridgefield

Brevan Bea, Washougal

Alarick Blankenship, White Salmon

Peyton Brammer, Hockinson

Alec Cann, Mountain View

Isaiah Flanagan, Woodland

Sean Fox, La Center

Connor French, Prairie

Cade Gardner, Heritage

Steven Hancock, Battle Ground

Cody Hardy, Columbia River

Va Ili, Mountain View

Isaiah Jones, Union

Anthony Kee, Heritage

Jonathan Ketels, Ridgefield

Atticus Kurtz, Columbia River

Nathan Lien, Evergreen

Tommy Liston, Washougal

Malek Mabrouk, Hudson’s Bay

Rocky Mataia, Union

Carter Monda, Evergreen

Max Muffett, La Center

Jack Nitschke, Skyview

Luke Pitzer, Seton Catholic

Tayler Shega, King’s Way Christian

Brody Smith, Battle Ground

Treyce Teague, Prairie

Tai Tumanuvao, Camas

Mason Wheeler, Skyview

Kenneth Wright, Camas

Carson Yinger, Hockinson

Griffin Young, Seton Catholic

Note: Paul Valencia of Clark County Today is on the board of directors for the local chapter. He does not have any input on who wins the scholarships but is part of the selection committee for the coaching and contributions to football awards.

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About The Author

Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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