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CANTON, OH – East Bladen’s Emily Scott was named as the winner Saturday of the 2017 U. S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence.

Scott was one of 25 finalists for the award and was announced as the winner at a luncheon that was attended by eight ‘Gold Jackets’ (living Hall of Famers).

“The weekend in general was one of the best experiences of my life and hearing my name called for the award was simply amazing!” said Emily Scott. “It was so humbling because I didn’t expect to hear my name being surrounded by 24 other finalists who were all excellent in so many ways!”

“Emily exemplifies every core value these organizations stand by,” said Patty Evers, Emily’s basketball and softball coach. “Among her academic/athletic accomplishments and community service, her integrity, character, trust and honesty have set her apart.”

“She is the most deserving young lady because of her leadership and continued drive to excel in everything she does,” continued Coach Evers. “To be honored by such greatness as the U. S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame, as her coach, I am humbled to have coached such a special individual as herself!

Emily was accompanied in Canton by her parents, Bryon and Judith Scott of Elizabethtown, her brother Spencer and Coach Evers. It was the third trip to Canton with an East Bladen Award for Excellence finalist for Coach Evers who earlier attended with Melissa Macon and Abbey Norris.

“By choosing who you want to surround yourself with, or being lucky enough to be surrounded by awesome parents you have made choices to get to where you are – and you have made wise choices,” said Mark Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing to the 25 finalists. “You are driven. You are driven to succeed and you inspire all of us.”

“The best 25 high school students in the United States are in this room today,” said David Baker, the Hall of Fame’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “You all excel in athletics, academics and community service. And you guys have not only been identified as the best for your high school careers but as those who might be the best moving forward.”

The finalists and their guests attended the 2017 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony Saturday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium that was televised nationally by ESPN and NFL Network.

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