Hornet Student Athlete Earns NFF Scholarship

Lars Wick

An Alameda High School (AHS) student was selected as one of the National Football Foundation’s (NFF) Northern California chapter’s scholar-athlete scholarship recipients last week.

Lars Wick, a senior, was one of three Alameda County scholar-athletes to receive the honor by the NFF and the College Football Hall of Fame.

Wick played on the AHS Hornets varsity football team for three years beginning with his sophomore season. He started the last two years on the squad and was a captain as a senior. He played the linebacker, defensive end and center positions. The senior helped lead the Hornets to an 8-3 overall record and a tie atop the West Alameda County Conference Shoreline League with a 4-1 record in 2018. 

Hornet head football coach Paulo Sunia emphasized that the team’s success this year was largely due to the work performed by the offensive line. “I credit the incredible work ethic of the offensive line to its leader, Lars Wick,” said Sunia.

In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, Wick is as impressive in the classroom. He currently holds a 3.56 GPA as an AHS student. He also plays in the AHS Band as principal first chair trumpet and section leader, volunteers in coastal clean-up and works at a local nursery to help him with his college major of agricultural science.

Founded in 1947, the NFF is a nationwide organization that promotes football as a beneficial, integral and wholesome part of the educational process at schools and colleges across the country. The Northern California chapter of the NFF began in 1960. 

The chapter honors high school seniors from 12 Northern California counties who have distinguished themselves on the football field, in the classroom and in activities that display leadership abilities. To date the chapter has awarded more than $900,000 in scholarships to scholar-athletes in Northern California.

Wick, along with 23 other high school senior football players, will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the 59th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner Friday, March 8, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame. 

For tickets to the event, contact Eric Bjornson at ericb@filice.com.