Beloved coach, teacher and mentor leaves legacy to five seniors

Editorial Board, Staff Reporter

Every year six students are nominated as finalists for the Trentini Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships offered each year to a graduate of Wake Forest High School.

The five finalists who do not win the full scholarship receive $1,000.
Just being nominated shows outstanding character, participation in athletics and involvement with the community, making selection itself an honor the finalists pictured to the left.

Anthony J. Trentini, for whom the football stadium is named, entered Wake Forest University in 1952, at that time housed across the street from the school on what is now the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Trentini entered the university on a football scholarship and lettered all four years, starting for the team three of those years.

Trentini coached football at the school until 1963. He passed away in 1976.

His friends, ex-players and colleagues created the scholarship to honor his legacy. It has been awarded at Wake Forest High since 1981 and a $5,000 scholarship has been awarded at Heritage High since 2013.

The scholarship awards student athletes who according to the website for the foundation “best exemplify what Trentini taught and lived as a coach, teacher and mentor,” including, “the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, athletics and leadership; participation in extracurricular activities; and a strong sense of personal ethics, values and citizenship.”