A St. Paul’s Episcopal School student is just one of five high school students still in the running for a prestigious national award and will be featured on ESPN Jan. 2.

Zavier M. Carmichael, a senior student athlete, has been named one of five finalists for the nationally recognized 23rd Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award.

Since 1992, the top high school seniors have been honored with the title “Premiere African-American Male Scholar Athlete.”

Carmichael, who is the son of Sidney and Robbin Carmichael, and the other finalists will be acknowledged nationwide on ESPN at the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 2nd at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time. Carmichael and fellow St. Paul football players Josh Casher and Tre Williams will be playing in the prestigious game.

In February, the finalists will experience a weekend in Washington, D.C. filled with events in their honor. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony Feb. 22.

Carmichael, an outstanding student athlete maintaining a 4.26 grade point average, will be attending Duke University to play football on scholarship. 

Carmichael is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Rutledge Fellows service organization and the football and track teams. He is also the president of the Diversity Club, volunteer for Invisible Children Organization, Florida Scholar Athlete of the Year, First Team All County, Miami Herald All State, Florida Super 11, Miami Dolphins Super 24 and ESPN Top 150.