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Auburn Riverside's Drew Wallen honored by WIAA

Drew Wallen in action with the Ravens against Kentwood this season. - Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter
Drew Wallen in action with the Ravens against Kentwood this season.
— image credit: Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the Dairy Farmers of Washington, and Les Schwab Tires announced Drew Wallen of Auburn Riverside High School as the male recipient of this year's Smart Choices Scholarship.

Wallen – and female recipient Jenna Moser of Colton High School – will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to the school of their choice.

"The 2014 recipients are a couple of amazing student-athletes," WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said. "This scholarship was intended to honor students who are well-rounded in not only academics, athletics and activities but also in community service and leadership as well. Andrew and Jenna went above and beyond the expectations of this scholarship in their efforts at their schools and in their communities."

Wallen is a letterwinner and a team captain in basketball and football and was named the South Puget Sound League North 4A Defensive Back of the Year. He was also a first-team selection as a wide receiver.

As a Raven, he set the school's single-game receiving yards record (244) to earn the MaxPreps Player of the Game Award, an accolade he garnered three times. For his efforts on the gridiron, he was selected to compete in the East versus West all-star football game.

Wallen branched out of the athletics realm during his junior and senior years to participate in drama and music. The list of leadership responsibilities runs long for Wallen, as he served as class president each of his first three years of high school, before taking on the responsibility of ASB President as a senior. In addition, he was the student leader behind the "Save It Seattle, Don't Text and Drive Campaign," which brought former Seattle Seahawk Golden Tate to Auburn Riverside

In the community, Wallen has volunteered his time at the Auburn Food Bank, assisted at youth football camps and was a member of the Oso Mudslide Relief Group.

Wallen has committed to Central Washington University to play football and study broadcast journalism.

Wallen and Moser along with the Class of 2014 WIAA Hall of Fame Inductees, will be honored at the WIAA Hall of Fame Luncheon, May 7 at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Tickets for the event are on sale and may be purchased through www.wiaa.com.

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