Meet the 2021 Finalists

The finalists for the 2021 Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award have been announced.

Meet the 2020 Finalists

The finalists for the 2020 Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award have been announced.

Victoria Novotny, Lely High School
Victoria Novotny
Lely High School

Samantha Hussey, St. John Neumann High School
Samantha Hussey
St. John Neumann High School

Malaya Melancon, First Baptist Academy
Malaya Melancon
First Baptist Academy

Lauren Faremouth, Marco Island Academy
Lauren Faremouth
Marco Island Academy

Justin Mattia, Gulf Coast High School
Justin Mattia
Gulf Coast High School

Jay Beshears, Community School of Naples
Jay Beshears
Community School of Naples

Isabella Garcia, Seacrest Country Day
Isabella Garcia
Seacrest Country Day

Drew Powell, Barron Collier High School
Drew Powell
Barron Collier High School

Christian Garcia, Palmetto Ridge High School
Christian Garcia
Palmetto Ridge High School

Brady Gibson, Naples High School
Brady Gibson
Naples High School

Araceli Anzualda, Immokalee High School
Araceli Anzualda
Immokalee High School

Andy Martinez, Golden Gate High School
Andy Martinez
Golden Gate High School

2021 Banquet Canceled Due to Coronavirus

From Greg Hardwig
Naples Daily News

For the first time in over 30 years, the Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete banquet will not be held.

Organizers announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 31st annual banquet scheduled for May 21 at Naples Grande Beach Resort won’t happen. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas was scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

“We had everything really in line,” Winged Foot chairman Bud Hornbeck said Monday.

Hornbeck said there may still be some kind of ceremony or recognition for the winner around the original banquet time, and said Bilas had offered to work with the Winged Foot on a solution. Hornbeck said Bilas told him he would be willing to be the keynote speaker next year.

Hornbeck has reached out to Collier County high school athletic directors, who are given the chance to submit a senior student-athlete who excels both academically and athletically.

“We’re going to continue and we’re going to get the applications in from the schools,” Hornbeck said. “Our selection committee will review all of the applications and resum├ęs and we’ll make our decision as to the overall winner.