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THE WINNER: Tanner Contois
School: South Burlington (Vt.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He rushed for 2,361 yards and 22 touchdowns on 199 carries this past season, leading the Rebels (10-3) to the Division I state championship game. A 2012 First Team All-State selection, Contois also caught 21 passes for 563 yards and five touchdowns.
Academic excellence: Contois has maintained a 3.81 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple fundraiser walks to benefit ALS and breast cancer research and has served as a student-athlete representative on the Concussion Task Force in association with the Vermont Department of Education.
“Tanner Contois was by far the best running back that we played against all year,” said Marty Richards, head coach at Mount Mansfield (Jericho, Vt.). “There were numerous times when we had him bottled up and he would somehow scamper free for 50-plus yards. He has great balance and strong legs which constantly move.”
THE FUTURE: Contois remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.