ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School Senior Tucker Voelbel was recognized recently as a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete, recognition Roxbury Football Coach Cosmo Lorusso says the 18-year-old more than deserved.

"We consider it a prestigious award," said the coach. "Each year they honor one recipient from each school in Morris County and, now, Sussex and Warren as well. It's an award voted on by coaches and athletic directors."

Lorusso said the coaches and athletic directors look at players who epitomize what being a scholar-athlete represents. "For us, that's Tucker," he said. "It's not necessarily always your best athlete, although this year, for us, it is."

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The criteria for the Scholar-Athlete Award, as established by the National Awards Committee, are academic achievement, school and civic leadership and football ability. 

Voelbel "deserves this award not only for these achievements but also for the example he set for the young men who follow him," said a statement by Roxbury Schools. He was presented with the award at the 23rd Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner at the Madison Hotel in Morristown.

Tucker Voelbel's honors and awards

  • High Honor Roll, Grades 9,10,11,12

  • Renaissance Award for Academic Excellence, Grades 9,10,11,12

  • Roxbury High School Freshman Athlete of the Year, 2013-2014

  • Second Team All-Conference-Football, 2014

  • Second Team All-Conference-Baseball, 2015

  • First Team All-Conference-Football, 2015

  • Carlos Robles Memorial Award-Given to a junior football player who exhibits love for football, 2015

  • First Team All-Conference-Baseball, 2016

  • First Team All-Morris County-Baseball, 2016

  • NJ Top 100 Underclassmen Team, 2016

  • Roxbury Baseball Coach’s Award-Given to a player any coach would want on their team, 2016

  • USA Football Heart of a Giant Nominee-For players who exemplify commitment, teamwork, will, character and dedication, 2016

  • Daily Record-Morris County Football Player of the Week, October 2016

  • First Team All-Conference-Football, 2016

  • First Team All-County-Football, 2016

  • First Team All-Area-Football, 2016

  • Third Team All-Group 4-Football, 2016

  • Len Perfetti Memorial Award- Given to a player who demonstrates scholarship, loyalty, character, service, and leadership, 2016

Tucker Voelbel's extracurricular activities/clubs

  • National Honor Society, Grades 11,12

  • Peer Leadership, Grades 11,12… Served as mentor/guide for freshmen students in Roxbury High School, also performed community service activities

  • Spanish Honor Society, Grades 11,12

  • Interact Club, Grades 9,10,11,12… Perform community service activities in town

  • Varsity R Club, Grades 9,10,11,12… President Grade 12, work with varsity athletes to fundraise for improvements to athletic facilities at Roxbury High School

  • Football, Grades 9,10,11,12… Captain Grade 12

  • Basketball, Grade 9

  • Baseball, Grades 9,10,11,12

  • Club Baseball, Grades 10,11,12… Played for the Pro Motions Patriots out of Fairfield, NJ, played in tournaments and showcases on the East Coast

Colleges Accepted and Intended Major

  • Ohio State University -  Kinesiology

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • Rutgers University

  • Monmouth University