Kemmerer junior Hayden Walker was recently honored as an academic All-American on the 2018 list from the National High School Coaches Association, which recognizes student athletes for their success in the classroom and in athletics. (COURTESY PHOTO / Steve Walker)
The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) announced the 2018 high school academic All-American list. This marks the 25th year in which the NHSCA has honored those students who triumph in and out of the classroom.
In total, 102 male and female All-Americans hailing from across the country have been selected. The honorees excel in 12 different sports. Academic All-Americans are the epitome of a student-athlete. Not only do these students excel in their athletic abilities, but also in the classroom. The academic All-Americans will be recognized in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame museum. Hayden Walker competes in football and wrestling for KJSHS. He is a three-time state placer for wrestling, earning third as a freshman and first as a sophomore and junior. Hayden had a season record this year of 49–2, and a current career record of 132–17. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA all through school and is ranked at the top of his class. Hayden is currently training to compete at Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota, this July.
Hayden plans to continue his wrestling career in college, where he also plans to study mechanical engineering.
Hayden Walker celebrates his state championship at the state wrestling tournament this season. (FILE PHOTO)