Monte Vista Christian School lineman Connor Parker and Scotts Valley High running backer Ari Wargon have been chosen to represent Santa Cruz County at the 53rd National Football Foundation’s Awards Dinner on Thursday.
The event, honoring the the top scholar-athletes from 12 counties in Northern California, will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel in Burlingame. Parker, Wargon and the representatives from the 11 other counties will each receive a $1,000 scholarship grant to the college of their choice.
Parker, who carries a 3.95 gpa, plans to attend Harvard University and major in pre med and bio chemistry.
Wargon, carying a 3.89 gpa, plans to attend UC Davis and major in biology.
Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and community leadership.
Each school in Santa Cruz County was able to nominate a back and lineman.
Eighteen local players were honored for their work as scholar-athletes last Thursday at the Elks Lodge in Santa Cruz. Each received a $200 scholarship.
Other nominees honored last week include: Scotts Valley’s Tyler Bach, MVC’s Nick Matiasevich, Aptos’ Brodie Bennet and Alec Bonsall, San Lorenzo Valley’s Robbie Biagiotti and Derek Poetzinger, Harbor’s Kory Christoffersen and Joe Wolinsky, Watsonville’s Roger Contreras and Sergio Meledrez, St. Francis Cody Parker and Clany Ryan, Soquel’s Andrew Schmidt and Evan Zigman and Santa Cruz’s Cameron Schultz and Eric Shimokawa.
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