IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the names of the 37 finalists for the 2016 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards, on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The award will honor one young man from each of the country's five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. Among those finalists named is Capital University wide receiver David Barnett.
Barnett is a native of Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Shawnee High School, where he was a successful three-sport athlete. As a football player at SHS, he was named an all-conference, all-area, and all-district performer. He ended his high school playing career after participating in the Blue-Gray All-American Bowl. He is currently a nursing major at Capital, and is minoring in Spanish. In his first collegiate game at Wittenberg University on Sept. 3, the freshman hauled in three catches for a team-best 81 yards.
Barnett is among 37 finalists and one of nine nominees from the Midwest Region. He is the only candidate to hail from the Ohio Athletic Conference, and one of 14 to attend a Division II, III, NAIA, or junior college.
The finalists all graduated from high school in 2016 and are now playing college football. More than 3,500 student-athletes were eligible for the High School Scholar-Athlete Award based on nominations from the 120 chapters of the NFF. From that pool, five honorees will be announced the week of Oct. 3 based on the vote of a national committee.
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. During the past 25 years, 110 student-athletes have been recognized as NFF National High School Scholar-Athletes, and this year will mark the 26th class of honorees.
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