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THE WINNER: Max Browne
School: Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
Weight: 218 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Spartans to a 13-0 record and a berth in the Class 4A state final against Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) on Dec. 1. Browne passed for 4,141 yards and 45 touchdowns, completing 256-of-349 attempts while throwing just four interceptions through 13 games. The 2011-12 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year, Browne has thrown for more than 10,000 career passing yards and has broken the state record for career completions, eclipsing the mark of 787 set by 2006-07 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year and current Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore.
Academic excellence: Browne has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally on behalf the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Generation Joy.
“I don’t have enough time to talk about all of the positive qualities of Max Browne,” said Tom Bainter, head coach at Bothell (Wash.). “If there is a better high school quarterback in the country, I’d like to see him. He is way better than even his stats describe. He plays the game the right way, displaying sportsmanship and a humbleness that is both appreciated and admirable.”
THE FUTURE: Browne has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Southern California beginning in the fall of 2013.