American Canyon High School’s Lucas Gramlick and Vintage High’s James Robert will represent Napa County as the outstanding senior lineman and back at the Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete awards banquet on Friday, March 2.
Honoring 24 scholar athletes from 12 counties, the event will be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, beginning at 7 p.m. Each honoree will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Tickets to the banquet are $55 and be purchased by calling 650-692-9100.
Senior football players from Napa County were nominated by their coaches and schools. Gramlick and Robert were selected by a committee of media members. The announcement was made by Napa County chairman Jon Salinger. The award is based on academic achievement; football ability, performance and attitude; and leadership and citizenship in school and community.
“Lucas is one of the hardest working student athletes that I have worked with in all my years of coaching football,” American Canyon head coach Larry Singer wrote in a recommendation letter. “He leads by example. Lucas is relentless as a player. He wants to be on the move at all times. He has worked hard since last season on his strength and quickness.”
Gramlick displays leadership qualities and a work ethic that Singer greatly admires.
“As fine a football player (as) Lucas is, he is even a finer young man,” Singer wrote. “He displays a great attitude in the classroom. The same work ethic that has made him such a good football player has made him a strong student.”
Gramlick is also on the Wolves’ wrestling and baseball teams, and carries a 3.307 (unweighted) GPA while taking Advanced Placement classes.
“He is a wonderful young man who shows great leadership as well as amazing athletic skills and abilities,” Melissa Shimer, American Canyon’s Athletic Director, wrote in a recommendation letter.
“Lucas always gives a 100-percent effort in everything he does and works well with others around him. Lucas is a strong and successful athlete in any sport that he participates in because of his hard work and dedication. His motivation and commitment are what have made him so successful both in academics and athletics.”
American Canyon went 7-4 overall and won the SCAC title, going 4-0. The Wolves overcame a 0-3 start to the season by winning seven games in a row and getting to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, where they advanced to the second round.
Gramlick has participated as a volunteer for five straight years at a Relay for Life event in Vallejo. He has been a Link Crew leader, which is a leadership position on campus. He has also been a team captain for wrestling and plays the cello in the school’s advanced string orchestra.
American Canyon’s LaVar Seay was nominated as a back.