HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Representatives from the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame visited Roosevelt High School on Wednesday to deliver a special honor to a Rough Rider student-athlete.
Jackson Xu, a cheerleader and track and field member, has been named as a finalist for the U.S. Army / Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence, one of just 20 such finalists from high schools across the country.
The award recognizes acheivements in athletics, academics, and civil service and is open to all sophomore, junior and senior-level students.
"Just right now it's overwhelming," said Xu. "I was the first in Hawaii, and if the first in Hawaii were to be also the winner, then that would be astronomical."
In front of an auditorium filled with his peers, Xu was introduced by Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Mike Haynes, who had lengthy careers with the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders.
"It's not really about you, I think that's the most important thing about it," said Haynes. "It's not about you, it's about what you have done for others, and how you have really impacted the community that you live in."
The winner of the award will be named during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in Canton, Ohio this August.