Thursday, April 18, 2013

GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Month Nominees for April

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour
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Below are the nominees for the month of April for the NHSCA/GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Month Award.

April 2013

Kaitlyn Cook (Softball) Parkside HS (Salisbury, MD)
Kaitlyn is a three-sport athlete who is a leader in sports and in the classroom.  Kaitlyn, who has been the captain of her softball team since her junior year, also plays volleyball and basketball for her school.  She carries a 4.3 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, is the Senior Class Historian, plus a member of the Math Team and is Vice-President of the Future Educators Association. Kaitlyn’s softball coach says she’s a natural leader.  Outside of school she has logged over 120 community service hours.

Chasen Ford (Baseball) El Toro HS (Lake Forest, CA)
Ford is not only one of the top high school baseball pitchers in the country, but he is also one of the smartest.  Ford is currently wrapping-up his high school career before he heads east to set his sights on a college baseball and academic career at Yale University.  He carries a 4.80 GPA with AP courses in English, history, calculus and physics. He was a perfect 11-0 as a junior with an ERA of 1.06 to help his school to its 6th straight league title.  He also served as Secretary General for the National Model United Nations conference.

Candice Holmquist (Softball) Knightsdale HS (Knightsdale, NC)
Candice carries a weighted 4.7 GPA as a two-sport athlete playing volleyball and softball for her school.  She’s an active member of the National Honor Society, the school’s Athletic Boosters and Future Farmers of America.  Every year that she has played varsity sports she’s been named to the Greater Neuse River Conference All-Academic Team.

Kevin James (Water Polo) Coral Springs HS (Coral Springs, FL)
Aside from being an outstanding defender on his school’s water polo team, James is incredible in the classroom. He is senior class valedictorian with a weighted GPA of 5.4388 with an ACT composite score of 30.  Kevin’s taken over 17 AP courses over his four years in high school and is president of Mu Alpha Theta and a member of the National Honor Society.  He’s won seven varsity letters as a member of the school’s water polo and swim teams.

Brittany Neeley (Track & Field) Eastern HS (Greentown, IN)
Brittany, who has a twin sister, is a three-sport athlete that will continue her college career running track & field and cross country at Indiana University.  She carries a 4.5 GPA, which ranks her second in her class. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Key Club and Students Against Drunk Driving.  Aside from being her school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, she’s a three-time state finalist in track & field and a two-time state finalist in cross-country.

Dan Rafuse (Track & Field) Norton HS (Norton, MA)
This senior came of age in both basketball and track & field during his junior year when he led the school to its first league championship in basketball in 24 years and led the track team to its first undefeated season.  As a senior he’s kept his GPA high a 3.75 while taking a challenging course load in AP and Honors’ courses.  He’s a member of the school’s Leadership Council and works with younger students throughout the district, serving as a role model and peer leader. This season in basketball he was the team’s leading scorer. In December Rafuse was named MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month for he outstanding achievements in sports and in the classroom.

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