The Vermont chapter of the National Football Foundation chose North Country senior Wyatt Prue as the top Division II player of the year and finalist for its Pride of Vermont award on April 27. Prue was also one of 20 Vermonters recognized as an NFF scholar-athlete.

"It's not totally based on football," said Prue. "It's more about honoring all-around student-athletes in terms of academic achievement and community service."

Prue was a two-year varsity starter for the Falcons and a standout tight end and defensive end in 2014.

"Our awards have nothing to do with wins and losses," said chapter president Mickey Heinecken. "The focus is to get the word out to everyone in the state that there are good kids out there not just playing football, but also making significant contributions in classroom and to the community."

Also at the banquet, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen was honored with the Distinguished American Award. Caslen is a North Country graduate who is currently the commandant at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Caslen played football at North Country and also while a cadet at West Point.

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