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MHS Football Scholar Athletes Receive State Recognitions

(Maricopa) “Congratulations!  You have been chosen as a Valley of the Sun Chapter “Top 60” High School Football Scholar Athlete ~ Class of 2018, representing over 258,000 students, from 186 high schools in central and northern Arizona.” This was the message that Maricopa High School (MHS) Student Athlete Brenden James West received recently.  The letter continued, “We have determined, based on your school and coach’s recommendations that your successes in the classroom, accomplishments on the gridiron, and commitment and devotion to your school and community are deserving of this prestigious lifetime designation ~ National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete.  A blue-ribbon selection committee has deemed that you will be recognized with the Chapter’s Shaw Courage Award for extraordinary success in the face of adversity.  A one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,500, applicable toward tuition, will be paid directly to your chosen college or university.”

Additionally, MHS Student Athlete Kemo Tyshawn Akins was selected as a Honorable Mention Top 60 High School Football Scholar Athlete. Both Kemo and Brenden will be recognized and honored at the 37th Annual NFF Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas, on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  Coach Chris McDonald proudly commented, “This is big … the first MHS nominee since 1981”


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