Kellen Kiilsgaard Selected 2007 National High School Scholar-Athlete
Nov. 7, 2007
Dallas, Tex. - Kellen Kiilsgaard, a true freshman two-sport football and baseball student-athlete at Stanford, is one of just five National Football Federation National High School Scholar-Athletes for 2007 recently announced by the organization. Kiilsgaard, who spent his prep career at Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington, is the West Region honoree. The other four honorees are Ryan Coffey (Northeast Region), Barton Dear (South Region), Blake Lawrence (Midwest Region) and Matthew Stotler (East Region).
Kiilsgaard had a huge career on both the baseball and football fields, as well as in the classroom at Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington. He wrapped his prep football career with an All-American season in 2006, throwing for 1020 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 973 more and 23 TDs. He also notched 57 tackles and four interceptions and made 56 of 59 extra points, while maintaining a 39.7 punt average.
On the diamond, he was a First Team All-State selection.
In the classroom, Kiilsgaard graduated 10th in a class of 354 and posted a 3.95 GPA on a 4.0 scale. He also earned the Auburn Elite Faculty Achievement Award, which requires two-thirds vote of the school staff and is given only to a graduating senior who has brought honor to self and school, reaching beyond the boundaries of community and the state.
In addition, he became a hero during the spring of 2007 when he rescued a man and his daughter from choppy seas while vacationing in Maui, Hawaii.
The five scholar-athletes will be honored during the NFF's Annual Awards Luncheon, presented by Sprinturf, on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award has become one of the most competitive and sought after high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.