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Four Named National High School Scholar-Athletes Of The Year
One of the most competitive high school football honors in the country, The National High School
Published: 10/20/2000 12:00:00 AM
One of the most competitive high school football honors in the country, The National High School Scholar-Athlete Award, given by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, recognizes four student-athletes from around the country who exemplify the term scholar-athlete, successfully combining the right mix of academics, athletics, and citizenship during their high school careers. 

2000 Class of NFF & CHF National High School Scholar-Athletes: 

Jeremy Caudill - Prestonburg High School - Prestonburg, KY - Jerry Claiborne Chapter 

Timothy Kirby - Junipero Serra High School - San Mateo, CA - Northern California Chapter 

Wesley McConnell - Ruston High School - Ruston, LA - S.M. McNaughton Chapter 

Joe Weiss - Mainland Regional High School - Linwood, NJ - South Jersey Chapter 

Representing thousands of high schools across the nation, more than 3,000 scholar-athletes are honored each year by chapters of The National Football Foundation. From these, the NFF selects one scholar-athlete from each of its four regions to receive this prestigious recognition. 

"To be selected as one of only four scholar-athletes in the entire nation is quite a tribute to these young men," said NFF Chairman, Jon F. Hanson. "Each year, we are amazed by the achievements of the honorees, and this year's group is particularly extraordinary, with each recording a remarkable 4.0 grade point average." 

The four scholar-athletes join an impressive list of past honorees, which includes Drew Henson, multi-sport athlete and quarterback at the University of Michigan, first baseman for the Colorado Rockies, Todd Helton, and Bobby Hoying, quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. 

Ceremonies to honor the scholar-athletes will take place at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Luncheon, December 12, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. For more information, please call 800-486-1865. 

Jeremy Caudill, 
Prestonburg High School, 
Prestonburg, KY, 
Jerry Claiborne Chapter 
(Attending the University of Kentucky) 

Jeremy Caudill graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and ranked first in his class. Among his numerous awards, he received the State of Kentucky Scholastic Achievement Honor, the prestigious Reatherford Salyers Award as the outstanding senior student-athlete, the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence, and was invited to participate in the prestigious Merit Scholar Program at the University of Kentucky. 

At 6'3", 305, Jeremy utilized a remarkable combination of size, speed and strength to play both as a defensive lineman and fullback. In addition to earning All-Conference honors four years and All-State recognition twice, he gained national attention being named Parade Magazine All-America, Street and Smith All-America, Prep Senior and Super Prep Magazine All-America and to the All-Southeast Region Dream Team. He also starred in weight lifting and track and still holds three state records in bench press, dead lift, and total combined weights. 

Adding to a full slate of activities, Jeremy presided over the Science and Spanish Clubs as their president and was recognized as a Kentucky Scholar. He also tutored physically and mentally challenged students in high school, participated in the Walk for Life Cancer Drive, was chairman of the Feed the Animals Drive at the local shelter, raised funds for the Unicef and organized the school's Annual Blood Drive. 

Jeremy is attending the University of Kentucky, where he plays football and takes a pre-med curriculum. 

Timothy Kirby, 
Junipero Serra High School, 
San Mateo, CA, 
Northern California Chapter 
(Attending Princeton University) 

Timothy Kirby's approach to life, academics, and athletics is one of total commitment. With a full honors course load, he managed to attain a 4.0 grade point average and a #1 class rank. Accorded with great respect both on and off the field, Tim was elected vice president of his freshman class, president as a sophomore and junior, and student body president his senior year. For his excellence in the classroom, he received the Harvard Book Award and Xerox Award for Humanities. 

Tim's 6'4", 220-pound presence and competitive nature enabled him to excel at football, basketball, and baseball. A two-way standout at inside linebacker and offensive guard, he was selected All-League, All-County, All-Region, All-San Francisco Bay Area and was chosen Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Bay Area. 

Whether it is in the classroom, on the football field, or in the community, Tim leaves an indelible mark on everyone he touches, volunteering and participating in many school functions and service projects. He provided his leadership as a member of the San Mateo Youth Council and has also been recognized as a Life Scout. 

Tim was heavily recruited for both his academics and athletic prowess. He chose to attend Princeton University to study engineering. 

William Wesley McConnell, 
Ruston High School, 
Ruston, LA, 
S.M. McNaughton Chapter 
(Attending Louisiana State University-Shreveport) 

In a class size of 251 students, Wesley McConnell ranked first and maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He received numerous awards during an illustrious academic and athletic career. This includes the Lincoln Parish Academic Award, an award he received four times. In addition, he was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students as both a junior and senior, was a Louisiana Board of Regents Scholar, a TOPPS Scholar and was on the All-State Academic Composite Team. 

Athletically, Wesley excelled in four sports - football, soccer, track and tennis, earning nine varsity letters, three of which came as an offensive lineman. In his senior year, he received All-District and All-Area honors in Northwest Louisiana. 

As if his menu wasn't full enough, Wesley made volunteering and helping others a part of his life. He was a role model for the DARE program, a speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is highly involved with his church, participating on the Leadership Team and with Bible School Study. In his high school, he volunteered as a tutor, was involved in several youth service projects, and traveled abroad extensively for educational purposes. 

Wesley is now attending Louisiana State University-Shreveport and studying accounting. 

Joe Weiss, 
Mainland Regional High School, 
Linwood, NJ, 
South Jersey Chapter 
(Attending Princeton University) 

Joe Weiss pursued academics with the same passion and intensity that he demonstrated on the football field. He assembled a perfect 4.0 grade point average, which ranked fourth in his class of 285 and earned the following honors: National Honors Society, 2000 Academic All-Star, Scholar-Athlete for wrestling three years and football two years. 

Athletically, Joe performed at a high level in three sports earning a total of 10 varsity letters. He was team captain in track and field, wrestling and qualified for the state championships in both. In football this 6'2", 225-pound fullback and linebacker earned almost every accolade possible. This included All-Conference three times, All-State at Linebacker, and the Inquirer's South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year. He was chosen to play in the Governor's Bowl, an all-star game that pits the best 50 players from New Jersey against the best from New York State. 

His extracurricular activities were as a student council volunteer, a volunteer for the Junior Football League, as a speaker at local schools regarding safety, and participated at Mainland Regional's 2000 Think Day competition. In addition, his peers voted him "Most Versatile," and the Press of Atlantic City voted him "Male Athlete of the Year." 

Joe chose to continue his career at Princeton University, where he will study economics.

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