Oak Ridge senior Preston Dean was one of 41 area football players honored at the annual Football Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet for the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. held at the Sacramento Elks Lodge on March 9. Fox 40’s sports commentator Jim Crandall emceed the event honoring the football players from Sacramento area high schools and community colleges for their dedication to the sport, but more importantly to their commitment to their education, community service and school leadership. Dean, Oak Ridge High’s varsity football Most Valuable Player, was honored for his outstanding as a linebacker and fullback along with recognition for academics (4.0 GPA), his community service and school leadership. Always finding time to help out in his spare time, Dean he has enjoyed being an assistant coach to Oak Ridge’s Jr. Midget football team, tutoring Rolling Hills Jr. High students, volunteering for the “Helping Hands” project to refurbish Coloma Park and area schools, Oak Park’s Thanksgiving dinner project for the homeless, coaching at West Coast Youth Football Camp and helping at the annual Apple Hill’s Rainbow Orchard Fair for handicapped children. Dean’s coaches in attendance at the dinner included Eric Cavalier, Ron Martin, Mark Preacher and Darren Jonutz. Dean has been recruited by Cornell, Harvard, Claremont McKenna and Willamette University, among others, but his love of playing football does not undermine his desire to serve a volunteer two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. His future college plans will include majoring in Accounting/ Finance as he can lean on an academic scholarship already received, if football is not part of the equation.