Six Finalists For Gaziano Award
The Gaziano Lineman Award list is down to six finalists. Three offensive linemen and three defensive linemen. Winners will be announced on January 27th in Augusta.
The Gaziano Award has become the top scholarship award of its kind in the country. One offensive and one defensive lineman will receive $5,000 scholarships. The remaining four finalists all get $1,000 awards.
A selection committee takes in consideration the leadership of the field, in the classroom and in the community of high school senior linemen.
The award honors the late Frank Gaziano, who was a college and pro football lineman before he founded the National Distributors Company in South Portland.
The Gaziano Award program is now in its 8th year.
Check out the bios of the six finalists from around the state...
Gaziano Lineman Award Finalists:
Cole Hoffman, Kennebunk High School
Hoffman is in the top 15 percent of his class at Kennebunk High School, earning him high honors awards since freshman year. In 2017, he received the Campbell Academic Achievement Award and the Scholar Athlete Award for High Honors several times. He is also an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate. Named captain of both the football and basketball teams, he is a leader among his peers is demonstrated by his work as a representative for YMCA Youth in Government and his community involvement as a volunteer football coach for local youth and is a coach for the Kennebunk Parks and Recreation Departments summer programs.
Zachary Klein, Bonny Eagle High School
Klein was a member of the SMAA All-Academic Team in 2017 and has been on the honor roll since his freshman year. On the field, this past season he was named the Gerry Raymond Award winner as the best lineman in the SMAA and named 1st Team All-SMAA Offensive Line. In addition to four years on the Scots lacrosse team, he has volunteered as a youth football coach for Bonny Eagle and served as a coach for Gorham youth lacrosse. After his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, he has dedicated time since his freshman year to create the "Fight Like a Scot" program for cancer research, which the includes selling merchandise with all profits going to cancer research in Maine.
Sean McCormack-Kuhman, Wells High School
McCormack-Kuhman has strong GPA and SAT scores, earning him student-of-the-trimester honors each of the past two winters at Wells High School. In addition to his work in the classroom, he was a member of the 2016 and 2017 state champion teams and earned Campbell Conference honors as a conference all-star and recipient of the John Taglienti Award, presented each year to the outstanding player in the Campbell Conference. In addition to football, he has been a member of the school's wrestling and lacrosse team for the past four years. In the community, he volunteers his time to help local youth football programs, works with the Wells Historical Society and visits the elderly at Avita, a memory-care facility that cares for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Michael Lunny, Sanford High School
Academically, Lunny ranks in the top 20 in his class at Sanford High School and is a member of the National Honors Society. He has received awards from the United States Marine Corps Semper-Fidelis, National Academy of Future Scientists and the National Society of High School Scholars. On the field, he was named to the All-Conference Team on defense and was the MVP and Semper-Fidelis All-American. Lunny is also a member of the Key Club, varsity basketball and outdoor track teams. During his spare time, he has contributed more than 90 hours of community service.
Aidan Parmenter, Leavitt Area High School
Parmenter is involved in AP courses and several extra-curricular activities, including the Latin Club, Key Club, Outing Club and Environmental Resources Club, and in addition to football, is a member of the track and field and Certamen teams. After sitting out portions of the 2016 season with a severe back injury, he returned in 2017 as team captain and earned recognition as an All-Star in the Campbell Conference and was named to the 2017 KVAC First Team in 2017. He has participated in many community events, including the Dempsey Challenge, Hornet Pride Camp, TAA Boosters and Breakfast with Santa event.
Arlo Pike, Bonny Eagle High School
Pike has excelled in the classroom with a strong GPA, making the honor roll the past four years at Bonny Eagle. He has also earned several athletic honors as a 1st Team All-SMAA Defensive Line, and AMAA All-Academic Team. As captain of the Scots football and baseball teams in 2016 and 2017, he leads by example and continues to the community by volunteering time at Catherine's Cupboard, a local food bank, as well as supporting the Standish Kiwanis and volunteering to coach youth football. In 2015, he received the Julia Clukey "Courage Award" that recognizes Maine students for demonstrating leadership or overcoming adversity.