WEST ORANGE, NJ – Joshua Strauss, a senior at West Orange High School, received an Athlete-Scholar Award from the National Football Foundation on March 9, at the Fifty-First Annual Scholar Awards Dinner, which was sponsored by the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Essex County high school senior football players received the honor for their academic as well as their athletic skills.

Strauss, who has a GPA of 4.37, played offensive line for the Mountaineers and defense on the Lacrosse team, holding three-year varsity letters for both. He is currently reviewing his college options, with choices including Lehigh University, Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin, University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University.

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"We're extremely proud of Josh and his accomplishments," said West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore. "Josh represents the qualities we seek to instill in our student athletes: hard work, dedication and commitment, and they will serve him well as he heads off to college."

"As a three-year letterman for West Orange, Josh was able to balance academics and athletics in such a way that he held the highest GPA of all the senior football players on the team," said WOHS Head Football Coach James Matsakis. "He served as an excellent role model in the classroom for the younger players in both sports that he participated in (lacrosse and football) and I am sure he will find success during the next phase of his life."