HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Last week, Sean Auwae was presented with a Semper Fidelis All-American jersey to recognize his hard work and achievements on the gridiron. The Kapolei senior is one of just 43 players selected to represent the west in the 2016 All Star game that will feature some of the nation's most talented football players, but Auwae accredits all his success is due to those around him.
"I'd like to thank my coaches for training me cause man, I didn't know what I was doing when I was a freshman but now here I am," said Auwae during the presentation.
In addition to receiving the All-American jersey, Auwae was honored by his one of his coaches, Patrick Ena, alongside his fellow teammates in an assembly at Kapolei High School. According to the three star offensive lineman, it was an honor to share the spot light with his fellow hurricanes.
"Just having this over here at school in front of all teammates and all my coaches is very nice. It gives back to them to show that we did something because they were a big part of this as well," said Auwae.
For Ena, watching Auwae become one of the most highly recruited Hawaii high school football players from the class of 2016 has been a reward in itself.
"It's nice to see all the hard work he's put in and it's great to see these kids develop and a lot of it is just growing, kids grows and mature and Sean's done that. He's a great kid he works hard and those characteristics are what took him and made him successful on the football field," said Ena.
While Auwae's high school season may be over, the state's top ranked center hasn't been able to take any days off. He'll head to LA for the Semper Fi All-American game in January where he hopes to put on an impressive show for college scouts from all over the country.
"It's definitely a big thing so I'm training hard so when I go up there I can show out and represent Hawaii and put us on the map and just do my best."