Thursday May 22, 2014
A pair of honors were given to South Burlington residents, SBHS senior Tanner Contois and football official George Maille at the National Football Foundation Vermont Chapter’s 2013 high school and collegiate football awards, which were announced at its annual banquet Sunday evening April 27 on the campus of Castleton State College.
South Burlington High School standout Tanner Contois is a record-setting running back for the Rebels and an excellent student. He was one of six students awarded a $500 scholarship as a Vermont High School Scholar-Athlete for his outstanding football ability and performance, outstanding academic achievement and outstanding school leadership and example. The six scholar-athletes were chosen from finalists representing the 29 football programs throughout the state.
Contois, the Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year, who headed up several all-state teams, also earned the PRIDE of Vermont Award presented to the state’s premier football player by the Dolphin Foundation. All of the awards are special, but suspense surrounds this award for which the honoree is a closely guarded secret until the banquet, when it is announced.
Players are designated as the premier player in each of Vermont’s three divisions of high school football. The PRIDE of Vermont player is then chosen from among the three divisional finalists, decided by college coaches from review of data and game films. Tanner Contois was named the 2013 premier player in Division I.
This is the eighth year that the PRIDE of Vermont award has been given, sponsored by the Dolphin Foundation, the youth football organization in South Burlington. PRIDE is the South Burlington organization’s motto standing for Personal Responsibility for Individual Effort. It was presented by Dolphin founders Rene LaBerge and Tom Tavares.
“Wow,” said the surprised Contois when he assumed the podium. “It’s a huge honor to be recognized out of all the football players in the state.”
Contois will be entering Middlebury College this fall.