Dante Montanaro an Academic All American

Trumbull High junior Dante Montanaro is a National High School Coaches Association Academic All American.

Montanaro finished third in his 2015 state wrestling championships. He had a 2015 season record of 36-7 and has a 73-17 career record to date.  Montanaro has a 4.2 GPA.

This year marks the 22nd year in which the NHSCA has honored those who triumph both in and out of the classroom.

This year’s selection totals 114 Academic All Americans. These student athletes hail from 32 states.

This year’s honorees excel in 11 sports. The total breakdown is as follows: 7 freshman, 15 sophomores, 39 juniors and 53 seniors.

“This year’s Academic All Americans are the epitome of what a student-athlete is. Not only do they excel on the playing field, mat, court, pool, or track, but they also excel in the classroom,” NHSCA Executive Director Bobby Ferraro said.

“These student-athletes are leaders in and out of the classroom and are the future leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to deem them Academic All Americans.”

This year Connecticut and Texas lead the way with 12 Academic All Americans each, with Massachusetts following closely with 10.

The student-athletes averaged a 3.9 GPA, with 45 Academic All Americans coming in with a 4.0 GPA or better.

ll honored Academic All Americans will be recognized in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum, which is currently in the planning stage.