GOSHEN — Timothy Hostetler has been named to the inaugural National Football Foundation national high school scholar-athlete class.
The 2018 Fairfield High School graduate is one of 69 honorees from around the county and one of only three from Indiana. He was nominated by the NFF Moose Krause Chapter.
“I was in between classes and saw the email come in. I didn’t think too much about it at first,” Hostetler said. “Once I read the message it was a surprise. I had no idea about it.”
Fairfield Athletic Director Mark Hofer was also surprised by the award.
“The honor blew me away. I had no idea they took the award beyond the local level,” he said. “It’s pretty neat a kid from little old Fairfield winning an award like this.”
Honorees had a GPA of 3.9 or better. There were 60 team captains, 15 valedictorians, 43 National Honor Society members, 22 first-team All-Sate team members and nine National Merit scholars.
The 69 players recognized were chosen from a pool of 3,500 athletes.
“I was pretty diverse in high school and that seemed to help,” Hostetler said. “Besides playing football and golf, I was active in the show choir, student council, Key Club and National Honor Society.”
In a press release from the NFF, President and CEO Steve Hatchell talked about the award.
“We hope this new honor will become one of the most prestigious local awards that a high school players can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities.”
The NFF has 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members and impacts 500,000 students-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year.
“The NFF talks about student-athletes and Timothy is a great example of that,” Hofer said.”At Fairfield, we talk about student-athletes. We have education-based athletes. We keep score in the games so we know which team wins, but at the end of the day the kids are students first.”
The other two Indiana players recognized were wide receiver Matthew Kiesel of Evansville Rietz Memorial and offensive lineman August Schott of West Lafayette.
“It was a definitely an honor to be recognized from a smaller school,” Hostetler said.
Hostetler is a student at IUPUI in Indianapolis, studying biomedical engineering.
“I would like to get into designing prosthetics or implants,” he said. “It’s a dream to work in Warsaw. We have companies like Biomet and Zimmer doing that type of work. It’s very exciting to have something that close to home.”
Hofer wasn’t shocked when he head about his future plans.
“I would not be surprised at all one day he was working for a company like that,” he said. I couldn’t be happier for him. He is a great kid from a good family. His older sister Allison and brother Tyler were both fine examples of students-athletes.”
Greg Keim can be reached at [email protected] or 574-533-2151, ext. 326. Follow Greg on Twitter @gkeim_TGN