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Allstate Sugar Bowl and National Football Foundation Honor 35 Scholar-Athletes

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


The Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame held its 2011 Awards Luncheon in the Napoleon Room of the New Orleans Hilton Riverside on Wednesday. The highlight of the event was $10,000 scholarships being distributed to four local high school scholar-athletes.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation

Archie Manning, a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee and the national chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, recognized 35 local high school football players for their achievements in the classroom and on the football field.

After the full 35 were introduced, Judge Lance Africk, the President of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, surprised the audience by announcing that the bowl had boosted its contributions from two $2,500 scholarships to the four $10,000 awards. Honorees submitted essays stating their case to earn the scholarships and after a committee review, the winners were Ryan Niedermair (Mandeville High School), Gavin Parria (Fisher High School), James Quellmalz (Archbishop Rummel High School) and Tyrone Williams (McDonogh 35 College Prep School).

The following are excerpts from Africk's introductions of the scholarship winners:

"[Neidermair] has been active in a wide-range of activities in addition to football, while still maintaining a 4.2 grade-point average. He has worked very closely with students with disabilities and based on his essay, has developed true friendships while mentoring these students. The son of a career naval aviator, he is a true believer in the words ‘hard work' and he will continue that effort at Rhodes College and then he plans to go on to medical school.

"[Parria] is a first-team all-district football player and the President of the National Honor Society with a 3.82 grade-point average. He is very active in his school and his community, but more impressively, he has assisted his family of commercial fishermen by working on a fishing boat every summer since he was nine years old. As we all know the fishing industry took quite a hit this past summer due to the oil spill, we hope this scholarship will help make up for a tough year in the gulf.

"[Quellmalz] overcame a broken leg suffered on a touchdown in his freshman year to help lead his school to an undefeated season and its first state championship appearance. A three-year football letter-winner and a two-year starter, he has achieved honor roll status in every quarter since elementary school, while volunteering for a wide-range of causes as a member of Operation Head-Start.

‘[Williams] wrote in his essay that he "has worked hard to defy the myth that athletes cannot do sports and be smart too" - something he has proven through his success on the field and in the classroom. Very focused on helping his family, he still managed to be a two-time academic all-state football player, maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average while participating in a wide-range of community service activities."

In addition, two local businessmen were recognized for their contributions to the community and the sport of football.

Doug Hertz, a member of the Tulane Board of Administrators and the Chair of the Board's Athletics Committee, was recognized as the Distinguished American Award. Using his multiple degrees from Tulane, Hertz has become a very successful businessman, serving as President and CEO of United Distributors. In addition, he has remained very active with his alma mater, spearheading several initiatives to enhance and improve intercollegiate athletics at Tulane. He led a charge to increase the department's budget, which was recently approved, and is currently studying the possibility of an on-campus football stadium for the Green Wave. Rick Dickson, Tulane Director of Athletics, accepted on behalf of Hertz.

Bill Curl, the director of media relations for the Louisiana Superdome for 33 years, received the Contribution to Amateur Football Award. Curl, who worked as the sports information director at Tulane and Arkansas prior to his time at the Superdome, has been instrumental in the promotion and betterment of amateur football in the city and state. Curl was one of the driving forces in getting the LHSAA to move all of its state championship football games to the Superdome three decades ago, a model that is followed by high school associations in several other states. Curl was introduced by legendary high school football coach J.T. Curtis, from John Curtis Christian School.

Here is the full list of the scholar-athletes with their accomplishments:

James Quellmalz (Archbishop Rummel H.S.)
Academic Achievements:
National Honor Society, Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel Honors Scholarship (four years), Alpha Honor Roll, Tiger Excellence Award (LSU Scholarship). Athletic Achievements: LHSAA Academic All-State, WGNO-ABC 26 Friday Night Football Scholar Athlete of the Week, three-year letterman, two-year starter. Extracurricular Activities: Operation Headstart, 20-plus service hours in 2010.

Russell Zimmerman (Archbishop Rummel H.S.)
Athletic Achievements
: All-District, three-year letterman. Extracurricular Activities: Big Brother, Operation Headstart, Mass Band.

Michael Ledet (Archbishop Shaw H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: LSU Academic Scholars President Award, Tulane University Book Award, Eighth Grade Outstanding Student Award, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Algebra I, Geometry, Health and P.E. Athletic Achievements: Times Picayune All-Westbank (2008), WWL TV A-Plus Athlete (2010), LHSAA Football All-Composite Team (2010). Extracurricular Activities: Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church - currently the president, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, peer ministry, Key Club and Ambassadors Club.

Stanley Smith (Ben Franklin H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: A/B Honor Roll 2008/2009, Taylor Award 2010. Athletic Achievements: 10-3A All-District First Team Kick Returner in 2009, 10-3A All-District First Team Athlete in 2010, team MVP in 2010 and offensive MVP in 2009, two-year letterman, team captain in 2010, selected as defensive back for Orleans Parish in the Darren Sharper Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Football Classic. Extracurricular Activities: Regular volunteer for Red Cross.

Cole Frazier (Brother Martin H.S.)
Academic Achievements:
Principal's Honor Roll for 5 years ("A" Honor Roll). Athletic Achievements: Two-year starter, LHSAA Academic All-State Football Div. 1, LHSAA All-State Football Class 5A, Scholar Athlete of the Week Sept. 2010, Named captain three times during 2010 season. Extracurricular Activities: Member of Student Ministry, member of National Honor Society, Second Harvest Volunteer.

Devin Perez (Covington H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Honor Roll all years, 1 year Honor Society. Athletic Achievements: Two-time all-district, three-year letterman, team MVP. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, Special Olympics, Relay for Life

James Emerson Smith IV (Covington H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Three-year National Honor Society member, All-State Academic, Exxon-Mobile Honors all four years, Tops, Tap Vorer Memorial Award. Athletic Achievements: All-district, three-year letterman, all-state, Fifth State four-year letterman. Extracurricular Activities: Special Olympics volunteer, Junior Olympics volunteer, Covington Farmers Market.

Mario Ramirez (De La Salle H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Hispanic Scholarship recipient, multiple Spanish language honors, including first-place in the district. Athletic Achievements: Track all-district selection and team MVP as a junior, basketball scholar-athlete as a senior, football all-district as a defensive back and wide receiver. Extracurricular Activities: A member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, the Squires Club and the Spanish Club. Active volunteer with the Nicaraguan Relief Fund.

Jarred Lewis (East Jefferson H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Four-year Principle's Honor Roll List. Athletic Achievements: First-team all-district, four-year letterman, Red Zone Player of the Year, Player of the Week, three-time all-district hurdler, three-year state qualifier, MVP of the Don Bonewitz Bowl game for two years. Extracurricular Activities: Five years of church services, six years of Bunch Gym School Supply giveaways.

Zachary Leftwich (Ecole Classique H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Seven semesters on the A-Honor Roll, three-year member of National Honor Society, in which he served as an officer, Academic All-State 2010. Athletic Achievements: first-team- offensive tackle (2009 and 2010). Additional Comments: Father has served three tours in Iraq and will be going to Afghanistan in Nov, 2011.  

Gavin C. Parria (Fisher H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: President of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll year round. Athletic Achievements: First-team all-district center. Extracurricular Activities: Assists in Catholic Church programs and fairs.

Landon S. Jones (Holy Cross H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: High Honors (5 years), National Honor Society, Bronze Medallions (Highest Average in Algebra, Religion, English). Athletic Achievements: 2009 all-district and all-state, 2010 all-district, all-metro and all-state, three-year football letterman, two-year track & field letterman, Great American Rivalry Series Student-Athlete. Extracurricular Activities: Peer Ministry, "Go M.A.D. (Make A Difference) for the Coast" Environmental Service Team.

Ryan Brenner (Isidore Newman H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Dartmouth Book Award, four-year honor-roll selection. Athletic Achievements: Two-year starter, twice led Orleans Parish in passing, team captain, all-district, passed for 2,148 yards and 28 touchdowns. Extracurricular Activities: Class President for three years, Vice Chair Executive Committee, Vice President Chinese Club, Chair PED Club, Founder Global Actions, Member of Actions.

Chase Crowell (Isidore Newman H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Four-year honor-roll selection, first-team academic all-state, two-time Elliot Scholar. Athletic Achievements: Team captain, all-district, team defensive MVP, team leader in tackles, second all-time in assists. Extracurricular Activities: Audubon Zoo volunteer, Peer Leadership Program.

Wes Fischer (Isidore Newman H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: First Honor Roll for two years, four-time honor-roll selection, first-team Academic All-State. Athletic Achievements: All-district, all-metro, earned Barney Mintz Award as school's top lineman, two-year starter, honorable mention all-state. Extracurricular Activities: Young Republicans, Men's Golf Team

Callender Riley Creel (Jesuit H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: National Merit Semifinalist, Advanced Placement Scholar, National Honor Society, honor roll for 13 of his 14 Quarters in high school, commanded National Latin and Greek Exams, earning a Silver Medal on the National Latin Exam. Athletic Achievements: Two-year letterman in both football and wrestling. Extracurricular Activities: Big Brother Program, Peer Support Group Leader, Student Campus Minister, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, CYO, Mexico Service Project Trip, Post Katrina Rebuilding Effort Volunteer, Vacation Bible School, Counselor, Church related Volunteer Efforts (ie Nursing Home visits, Feeding the homeless), Trainer of Incoming Altar Servers.

Patrick DeVun (Jesuit H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, LHSAA 5A Academic Team. Athletic Achievements: 5A All-District 2010, all-metro 2010, honorable mention all-state 2010, all-district second team 2009, three-year letterman, team captain 2010. Extracurricular Activities: Counselor- St. Michael's School, Special Olympics, Rugby Team, School Newspaper.

Matthew Sanchez (Jesuit H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Six-time selection to the AB Honor Roll, treasurer of the National Honor Society, National Latin Examination Gold Medal (2008) and Silver Medal (2009-2010), National Greek Examination highest honor (2010) and high honor (2009), National Hispanic Scholar and National Merit Scholarship Commended. Athletic Achievements: Two-time football letterman, LHSAA All-Academic State in football, also lettered in track as a javelin thrower. Extracurricular Activities: New Orleans Mission Volunteer, Boy Scouts (Life rank), National Student Leadership Conference participant, Operation Upgrade staff member, Big Brother, staff writer for Blue Jay Newspaper, Special Olympics staff member.

Philipe Gilchrist (John Curtis Christian School)
Academic Achievements
: National Honor Society, Honor Scholar, Presidential Academic Excellence Award, State Science Fair. Athletic Achievements: Two-time football state champion (2007, 2008), Weightlifting, Track. Extracurricular Activities: Interact, Student Council, Boy Scout, Eagle Scout

Marvyn Muse (Lusher Charter School)
Academic Achievements
: WWL A-Plus Athlete, completed a summer engineering course at the University of Alabama, completed a Chem-Star summer program at Xavier University. Athletic Achievements: Four-year football letterman, two-year track & field letterman. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, Key Club, Jazz Band.

Ryan Niedermair (Mandeville H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Auburn University's Heritage Scholarship recipient, Most Outstanding French IV student. Athletic Achievements: Two-year letterman, two-time all-district selection at offensive, ABC 26 Student Athlete of the Week, also lettered in lacrosse. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, Life on Purpose, Vice President of Best Buddies, Big Brother/Big Sister, Vacation Bible School, Camp Tiger Paw, Hi-Y Club, attended Boys State and Boys Nation.

Tyrone Williams (McDonogh #35 College Prep School)
Academic Achievements
: National Honor Society, four-year honor-roll selection, Principal's Honor Roll, AP English and World History student. Athletic Achievements: Two-time Academic All-State honoree. Extracurricular Activities: NSBE, Jr., Mu Alpha Theta, tutor, Student-Athlete Council.

Edgar A.G. Bright, IV (Metairie Park Country Day School)
Academic Achievements
: University of Rochester's George Eastman Young Leadership Award, Louisiana State Literary Rally, registered a grade-point average of over 4.0 as both a junior and a senior. Athletic Achievements: A three-time all-district center, as well as a two-time all-district punter, honorable-mention all-state center, Times-Picayune small school pre-season and regular season all-metro, first-team all-state offensive lineman. Extracurricular Activities: Acted in multiple high school drama productions.

Micah Agresta (Northlake Christian School)
Academic Achievements
: Four-year honor-roll selection, National Honor Society, Sinceritas Award (Best Example of what NLS Student Should Be). Athletic Achievements: Two-time all-district honoree, four-year letterman, Coaches Award (highest character and achievement honor for football program). Extracurricular Activities: Took missionary trips to an orphanage in Mexico.

Dylan Paquette (Northlake Christian School)
Athletic Achievements
: Three-year Letterman (could not play freshman year due to transfer rule), all-district linebacker.

Derek Williams (Northlake Christian School)
Academic Achievements
: Three-year honor-roll selection, National Honor Society, Sinceritas Award. Athletic Achievements: Two-time all-district honoree, four-year letterman, team MVP as a senior. Extracurricular Activities: Volunteer at Goodwill.

Tim McGrath (Northshore High School)
Academic Achievements
: Eight-Semester Honor Roll, National Honor Society, National Merit Commended Student, Auburn Presidential Scholarship, LSU Flagship Scholar, WWL-TV APlus Student Athlete. Athletic Achievements: Three-year letterman, Wendy's Heisman Award, Most Dedicated, Senior Class Representative. Extracurricular Activities: Eagle Scout, President of FCA, Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, St. Luke's Youth Group.

Gregory Williams (Pearl River H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Honor Roll, has earned a scholarship to West Point, first-place in state Liturgy Rally, Free Enterprise. Athletic Achievements: All-district cornerback, lettered in football, baseball and soccer. Extracurricular Activities: Key Club (4 years), Jazz Band, Habitat for Humanity.

Christopher Claiborne Giambelluca (St. Martin's Episcopal School)
Academic Achievements
: Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Outstanding Religious Writing Award, Art Award. Athletic Achievements: LHSAA Academic All-State Team 1A Award, All-District 1A at guard, Coach's Award recipient. Extracurricular Activities: Volunteers with Animal Rescue of New Orleans, Spina Bifida Camp of Greater New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Walk, serves as a tutor at St. Martin's, Honor Council, Citizenship Award, contributor to school literary magazine.

Alec Duncan (St. Paul's School)
Academic Achievements
: Four-year honor-roll selection, National Honor Society, Academic All-State. Athletic Achievements: All-district quarterback, team captain, four-year letterman, Metro Player of the Week.

Grant Hodgins (St. Paul's School)
Academic Achievements
: Four-year honor-roll selection, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, composite Academic All-State, Capstone Scholar. Athletic Achievements: Four-year letterman, two-time all-district selection, team captain, Friday Night Football Scholar Athlete. Extracurricular Activities: Student Host, charity work for Forest Manor Nursing Home, Covington Food Bank, St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity.

Paul Jaquillard (St. Paul's School)
Academic Achievements
: Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Academic All-State. Athletic Achievements: Two-time all-district honoree, all-metro, honorable mention all-state. Extracurricular Activities: St. Anselm Catholic Church parishioner, Covington Food Bank volunteer.

Chrishawn DuPuy (Salmen H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Four-year honor-roll selection, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Wendy's High School Heisman, Award of Excellence for Reflections Contest, United States Achievement Academy Award. Athletic Achievements: All-district, four-year letterman, Perseverance Award for comeback after injury, Special Teams Player of the Year, Scholar Athlete of the Week. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, Freshman Academy Mentor, Student Athlete School Wide Mentor.

Christopher Burch (Slidell H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, four-year honor-roll selection. Athletic Achievements: Two-year letterman. Extracurricular Activities: FCA, community service with NHS, Beta Club.

Michael Barthelemy (South Plaquemines H.S.)
Academic Achievements
: Four-year honor-roll selection, Breakfast of Champions, 2008-11 Academic Hall of Fame, All State Academic in 2009, Spanish Award. Athletic Achievements: Jefferson-Orleans All Star Game, Top Student Athlete by CSA, two-time all-state and three-time all-district, District Offensive Player of the year, all-metro offensive MVP, played for two state champions and one state runner-up, three-time Player of the Week, also earned all-district honors in baseball and all-district, all-region and all-state honors as a sprinter in track. Extracurricular Activities: BETA, Peer Mediation, altar service at St. Patrick's Church.