Walker named Academic All-American

Kemmerer Ranger Hayden Walker celebrates after winning a state wrestling championship. He was recently named Academic All-American by the National High School Coaches Association. (FILE PHOTO)

The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) is proud to announce the 2019 High School Academic All-Americans for the 2018-19 school year. This marks the 26th year in which the NHSCA has honored those who triumph in and out of the classroom.

This year’s selection totals 134 Academic All-Americans. These student-athletes hail from 36 states. This year’s honorees excel in 13 different sports. The total breakdown is as follows: 10 freshmen, 27 sophomores, 42 juniors and 55 seniors.

Among them is Kemmerer Ranger Hayden Walker.

“This year’s Academic All Americans are the epitome of what a student-athlete is. Not only do they excel on the playing field, mat, court, pool, and track, but they also excel in the classroom,” stated NHSCA CEO Bobby Ferraro. “These student-athletes are leaders in and out of the classroom and are the ... leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to deem them Academic All Americans.”

This year Georgia led the way with 14 Academic All Americans, followed by Massachusetts with 12, Texas with 11 and Tennessee with 9. The student-athletes averaged a 3.9 GPA, with 45 students coming in with a 4.0 or better.

All honored Academic All-Americans will be recognized in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Virtual Museum, which is currently in the planning stage.