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THE WINNER: Sierra Manzer
School: Melba (Idaho)
Athletic achievement: She raced to a Class 2A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:34.98, leading the Mustangs to a second place finish as a team. A 2012 First Team All-State selection, Manzer earned 12th place at the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships, crossing the line in 18:48.1. She also placed 16th at the Foot Locker West Regional championships in 19:07.
Academic excellence: Manzer has maintained a 3.87 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally in association with multiple community clean-up initiatives, on behalf of her church youth group and as a youth basketball camp counselor.
“Sierra Manzer is a tremendous competitor and great team leader for our program,” said Melba head coach Conrad Evanow. “She is truly an outstanding individual.”
THE FUTURE: Manzer will begin her junior year of high school this fall.