Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner kids compete for First Team Academic All-American status. The process to select the top 35 football players and top 35 cheerleaders for each grade nationwide is a tough one and begins at the association level and goes up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level.

More than 8,800 qualified All-American Scholar applications were submitted this year from approximately 425,000 youngsters participating in Pop Warner. The First Team All-American Program requires students to be among the top 2 percent of all Pop Warner participants, maintain a minimum 96 percent grade point average, participate in extra civic activities and volunteer in their community.

Dracut Pop Warner is proud to have four First Team All Americans Scholars this year. Ten other Dracut youths were named Second Team All Americans Scholars and three grabbed spots on the Honorable Mention team. Congratulations to all the girls and boys for their outstanding achievements. Special thanks to Tracy Burgoyne, who served as Dracut's Pop Warner Little Scholar Coordinator and DPW President Mark Rossetti.

As a result of their accomplishments, all Dracut scholars were invited to attend the 53rd annual National Pop Warner Scholastic Banquet at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

First Team All-American

Julia Dailey, eighth grade cheer

Caroline Mercier, sixth grade cheer

Ezekiel Haadji, seventh grade football

Kevin Carney, sixth grade football

Second Team All-American

Sydney Margolis, eighth grade cheer

Michelle Acevedo, eighth grade cheer

Catherine Acevedo, seventh grade cheer

Mary Brouillette, sixth grade cheer

Sarah Mercier, sixth grade cheer

Jaydah Bonilla, fifth grade cheer

Sarah Margolis, fifth grade cheer

Patrick Canney, seventh grade football

Peter Sawyer, sixth grade football

Ethan Holt, fifth grade football

Honorable Mention

Matthew Simpson, sixth grade football

Aise Pream, sixth grade football

Haylee Silva, fifth grade cheer