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THE WINNER: Julia Bos
School: Grand Rapids Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Athletic achievement: She raced to the Division 2 individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:20.4, leading the Eagles to third place as a team. Bos was undefeated during the season, including victories at the MSU Spartan Invitational and the Portage Invitational.
Academic excellence: Bos has maintained a 3.86 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church youth group, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Women at Risk, International as well as a food pantry program for the homeless.
“Julia is a gifted runner with an incredible work ethic,” said Grand Rapids Christian head coach Doug Jager. “She can run hard for a long time. The only issues we ever had was getting her to do less.”
THE FUTURE: Bos remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.