Nineteen Honored at Sugar Bowl’s Football Foundation Luncheon

NEW ORLEANS (March 18, 2008) – The Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame held its annual awards luncheon on Monday at 11:45 a.m. in the Hilton Riverside’s Versailles Ballroom.

A total of 19 local/area student athletes were selected as recipients of the 2008 National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame awards. The winners were chosen from a nominated group of talented scholar athletes from the New Orleans area. Two of the honorees, Eugene Chest (Fisher High School) and David Perrin (O. Perry Walker High School) were selected to receive $2,500 scholarships courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

In addition, two special award winners were recognized. The Distinguished American Award was presented to Tony Biagas, Director of Athletics at City Park. The Contribution to Amateur Football Award was presented to Jerry Romig.

Archie Manning, the national chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, formally recognized each member of this year’s scholar-athlete class:

Tarek Balamane (Archbishop Rummel High)
Academic Accomplishments:  Honor Roll, National Honors Society, TOPS, Presidents Educational Award.  Athletic Accomplishments:  All-District.  Extracurricular activities:  Nationally ranked soccer team, summer daycare counselor. Attending LSU.

Matthew Fury (Archbishop Rummel High)
Academic Accomplishments:   National Honors Society, Ranked #1 in class, Torch Award (top 5 GPA in class) grades 9-12.  Athletic Accomplishments:  2 year letterman, Captain.  Extracurricular activities:  FCA, Latin Club, Choir and Band.  Attending Rice or Texas-Austin.

Isadore Carrie (Benjamin Franklin High)
Academic Accomplishments:   Taylor Award.  Athletic Accomplishments:   First Team All District, 2 time MVP, 4 yr letterman, Parish All Star Running-back.  Extracurricular activities:  Big Brother, Black Culture Club Member.  Attending Lehigh University.

Quoc Anthony Nguyen (Benjamin Franklin High)
Athletic Accomplishments:   First Team All-District, Second-time Defensive Player of the Year, 3 Year Letterman.  Extracurricular activities:  Big Brother, Altar boy, help clean up school after Katrina

Tim Picone (Benjamin Franklin High)
Academic Accomplishments:  Taylor Award.   Athletic Accomplishments:  All District, Parish All Star Full Back, Offensive MVP.  Extracurricular activities:  Animal Shelter volunteer.  Attending LSU.

Ryan Roubion (Brother Martin High)
Academic Accomplishments:  National Merit Semi Finalist, National Honor Society, Principal’s Honor Roll 5 years. Athletic Accomplishments:  2 time All District, WWL A+ Athlete, WWL Prep Player of the Week, ABC Academic Player of the Week, All Orleans Team, Clarion Herald All Elite Team, Team Captain, 3 year Letterman.   Extracurricular activities:  Second Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, MS Walk for the Cure, over 100 hours of service. Attending Lehigh University

David Perrin (Fisher Middle High)
Academic Accomplishments:  Close- up program, Principal’s Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Scholar Athlete. Athletic Accomplishments:  Top Defensive lineman, Wendy’s high school Heisman, Athlete of the week, football captain.  Extracurricular activities:  Yearbook, Catholic Youth Organization, Class President, Jefferson Chamber of Youth Leaders. Attending Louisiana-Lafayette.

Bruno Vetter (Isidore Newman)
Academic Accomplishments:  ABC Scholar Athlete, Dartmouth Book Award, Honor Roll, Goldberg Award for Top French Student. Athletic Accomplishments:  2nd Team All District, 3 year starter, starter both ways 2 years, Record Holder Bench/ Incline/ Power Clean. Extracurricular activities:  Band, French Tutor. Attending Princeton, Dartmouth, or Harvard.

Brett Beter (Jesuit High)
Academic Accomplishments:  National Merit Semi Finalist, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Several Top Subject Awards for his Class. Athletic Accomplishments:  2nd Team All District, 4 year Varsity Letterman, Senior Co-Captain, ABC Scholar Athlete Nominee, Channel 26 Scholar Athlete of the Week. Extracurricular activities:  Student Council, Pro Life Club, Christian Life Club, Big Brothers, Mission trip to Mexico, Youth Rebuilding project New Orleans. Attending LSU.

Mark Schellhaas (Jesuit High)
Academic Accomplishments:  National Merit- Commended, National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Latin and Greek Awards.  Athletic Accomplishments:  1st team All District DB, 1st team All Metro (Orleans Parish), LA American Italian Hall of Fame, 4 year Letterman (Football &Track). Extracurricular activities:  Counselor at Muscular Dystrophy Camp. Attending LSU.

Zachary Hunter (Metairie Park Country Day)
Academic Accomplishments:   National Merit Commended Scholar and Tulane Book Award. Athletic Accomplishments:  Varsity Football (9-12), Varsity Letter 2006, 2007, 1st Team All-District Offensive Line, ABC News Scholar Athlete of the Week, Varsity Baseball (9-12). Extracurricular activities:  Senior Class President, Upper School Discipline Committee, Upper School Student Senate. Attending Vanderbilt University.

Wesley Baylor (Northshore High)
Academic Accomplishments:   Honor Roll, Spanish Honor Society.  Athletic Accomplishments:  All Metro, All District, All Parish Punter.  Extracurricular activities:  Key Club, Student Council, Spanish Club, French Club, St Luke’s CYO. Attending LSU.

Eugene Chest (O. Perry Walker High)
Academic Accomplishments:   Honor Roll.  Athletic Accomplishments:  All Parish.  Extracurricular activities:  Play it Smart. Attending  Milsaps College.

Frank Webb (Riverdale High)
Academic Accomplishments:  Honor Roll.  Athletic Accomplishments:  1st team All District 9-4a.  Extracurricular activities: Baseball, Soccer. Attending LSU.

Alvin McKinnis (Slidell High)
Academic Accomplishments:   Honor Roll Student and Scholar Athlete.  Athletic Accomplishments:   3 year Letterman in Football, 1 year letterman in Track, 1st team all-district in Track, Team Captain and awarded Coach’s award for defense.  Extracurricular activities:  FCA

Jordan Harry (St. Martin’s Episcopal)
Academic Accomplishments:  National Honor Society, TOPS, Honor Roll 2nd place district rally (history).  Athletic : All District 10-1A. Extracurricular activities:  EJGH Volunteer, Diversity Committee, Light the Night Volunteer, Camp Counselor. Attending LSU.

Kevin Cousin (St.  Paul’s School)
Academic Accomplishments:  Honor Roll.  Athletic Accomplishments:  Senior Captain, 3 year letterman, 2 year All District. Extracurricular activities:  Food Bank Volunteer, Big Brothers.

Ryan Hodgins (St.  Paul’s School)
Academic Accomplishments:  Honor Roll.  Athletic Accomplishments:  Team Captain, 2nd team all district, 4 year letterman, 3 year starter, 3 time district champions.  Extracurricular activities:  Big Brother, Student Host.  Attending LSU.

Alex Williams (St.  Paul’s School)
Academic Accomplishments:  Mu Alpha Theta. Athletic s: 1st Team All District, District Offensive MVP, Team Captain, 4 year letterman.  Extracurricular activities:  Big Brother.