FORT LAUDERDALE – A Dillard High School senior has been making a name for himself as a student-athlete at the top of his game on the football field, in the classroom and in community service.
Wayne Lyons, the nation's seventh-ranked safety, picked Stanford over Michigan, UCLA, Nebraska, Florida and Notre Dame during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl played in the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 8.
The four-star safety was one of the nation’s top 90 football players from across the country selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His East squad defeated the West 13-10 in front of a record crowd of 37,893.
For more than 10 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been one of the leading high school football games, serving as a launching pad for future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Terrelle Pryor all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
Lyons is ranked #1 in Florida high school football and, because he epitomizes the U.S. Army's high standard of excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction, he recently was awarded the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Doc Blanchard Award.
But Lyons is also excelling in the classroom. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a potential class valedictorian.
He has also taken part in a wide range of off-the field community service, especially as a mentor.
Programs he is involved with include the Dillard High School RAM Buddy Mentoring Program, the YMCA’s L.I.F.T. Student Mentor Program for special-needs kids and the Men of Tomorrow – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Mentoring Program.
Lyons is also founder of the Lyons Virtual Book Club and is also involved in Business Professionals of America, the Student Government Association, the International Masons Youth Leadership Program and the city of Fort Lauderdale’s “Fit Kidz” Program.