Milton seniors Bobby Gilmore and Jonnie Lawson will be honored as top scholar-athletes at the 40th awards dinner of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame on May 3. The Scholar-Athlete award is one of the most prestigious in high school football.
“This is definitely a huge highlight of my time with Milton football and I was really excited when Coach Mac told me. And I was equally happy for Jonnie too,” says Bobby, who played offensive tackle and defensive end. Bobby’s athletic talent was recognized several times over the past year;he was named ISL All-Star, all New England, NEPSAC Lineman of the Year, All-State, Boston Globe All Scholastic and Boston Herald All-Star. He will attend and play football at Harvard University this fall.
Jonnie, who was also named an ISL All-Star, played defensive end, left guard and long snapper for Milton. Jonnie will play college football but he is still deciding on which school. He said the highlight of this year was Milton’s 40-7 win over Nobles Greenough at the last game of the season. “We had a lot of fun this season; it was solid team and such a good group of guys.”
The National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete Awards honor the best of the best at the high school level. Representing thousands of high school players across the nation, 3,300 scholar-athletes are selected each year by 120 local chapters of The National Football Foundation for their superior academic and athletic performance as well for their leadership and community service. A committee of college and high school administrators and members of the media selected the 33 Eastern Massachusetts awardees.