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The Wyoming Chapter National Football Foundation’s 2018 High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year is Kade VanDyken of Big Horn High School. Ranked second in a class of 34, VanDyken has a GPA of 3.975 and an ACT composite score of 29. Over the course of his football career for the Rams, he accounted for 19 touchdowns and he caught 87 receptions for 1,340 yards and 20 touchdowns.

A total of 15 finalists emerged from 127 nominations from 34 high schools and the University of Wyoming.  A total of $19,200 in scholarships was awarded Saturday evening at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center at the University of Wyoming. In the first 25 years of the Wyoming Chapter, a total of $369,150 in scholarships has been awarded. Each finalist Saturday was awarded a $1,200 scholarship and VanDyken received an additional $1,200 scholarship as the state’s top scholar-athlete.

Guest speakers were past Wyoming and West Regional Scholar-Athletes Justin Hopkin from Burlington in 1995 and Gavin Mills from Powell in 2008. Keynote speaker was Ron Dilatush, the membership chair of the National Football Foundation in Dallas, TX.


The Finalists honored Saturday night were:


Courage Award:  Wes Eyre – Lyman High School


Perseverance Award: Roberto Hernandez – St. Stephens High School


Perseverance Award: Kolby Pisciotti – Newcastle High School


6-Man: Lain Mitchelson – Farson-Eden High School


6-Man: Clancy Gines – Farson- Eden High School


1A Lineman: Hunter Jeffres – Pine Bluffs High School


1A Back: Kade VanDyken – Big Horn High School


2A Lineman: Clayton Iacovetto – Wheatland High School


2A Back: Luke Glassock – Buffalo High School


3A Lineman: Conrad Swenson – Lander Valley High School


3A Back: Treyton Paxton – Riverton High School


4A Lineman: Jordan Bertagnole – Casper Natrona High School


4A Back: Parker Christensen – Sheridan High School


UW Cowboys – Adam Pilapil


UW Cowboys – Nico Evans


Special Award Recipients:


Greatest UW Football Fan: Roy C. Miller of



Greatest High School Football Fan: Deb Jacobs of Powell


Greatest High School Football Fan: Doug Potter of Green River


Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Pete and Linda Haman of Douglas


Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Eric Worden of Laramie


Ox Zellner Football Official Career Achievement: Bryon Mowry of Casper


Coaching Career Achievement: Bill Pentland of Wheatland


Coaching Career Achievement: Donnie Stewart of Glenrock

Roberto Herndandez, St. Stephens, and his Mother Margaret C’Bearing (Perseverance Award Recipient)

Wyoming Chapter, National Football Foundation 2018 Scholar-Athletes Group  Photo

Kade VanDyken of Big Horn High School, Wyoming’s Top Scholar-Athlete