Spring Lake Park senior Austin Swenson is one of only eight scholar-athletes from throughout Minnesota selected by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Swenson was honored for his academic excellence, outstanding leadership and commitment to his community at the seventh annual Minnesota Football Honors Awards May 4 at the Hilton-Minneapolis.
The mission of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation is to serve Minnesota and the nation by developing leadership, sportsmanship, competitive spirit, and academic excellence in America’s youth through promoting amateur football.
At Spring Lake Park, Swenson has been a demonstrated leader, earning all-state honors and serving as quarterback and team captain of the multi-year conference champion football team; captain and state tournament participant as a member of the swimming and diving team; and all-conference honorable mention in track and field.
His work in the classroom earned him a place on the Academic All-Conference and Academic All-State teams.
In addition, Swenson has been carrying a 4.0 grade point average, is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a three-year member of the state champion Knowledge Bowl team, Panther Mentor, participant in the varsity band and symphonic band wind ensemble and was a member of the Minnesota American Legion Boys State House of Representatives.
He is an Eagle Scout, volunteers at Feed My Starving Children and the American Legion, and is an active member and volunteer in his church.
Swenson plans to attend the University of St. Thomas and major in mathematics and actuarial science.
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