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"That was amazing," Hebest said following the ceremony. "I still can't believe it. I'm kind of in shock. I can't quit smiling."
Henbest was named a finalist in July after submitting an application, essay and three recommendations. The award is based on not only athletic achievement (2nd team All-Big 9 Conference), but also excellence in academics and community achievement.
"We're accustomed to providing awards for athletics, but when someone does great in academics and excels the way Drew has, not only for Cassville but for the state of Missouri, it's so special," said Faulk, who currently works as an analyst for the NFL Network.
Henbest is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and Future Farmers of America. He is also a 4-year contributer to the Wildcat's football team, who is currently 8-0 and visits Mt Vernon this Friday.
Henbest was quick to thank his parents, coaches and teachers at the morning assembly. He says he is a Rams fan, and despite being very young at the time remembers Faulk's playing days. Henbest noted one specific part of Faulk's presentation.
"He talked about work ethic. I always try to do everything to be the best of my ability."