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THE WINNER: Courtney Ekmark
School: St. Mary’s (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Knights to a 29-1 record, their third consecutive Division I state championship and a No. 2 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 this past season. Ekmark averaged 19.6 points, five rebounds and four steals per game. An All-Region first team selection, she was the leading scorer in the state final for the third straight year and is rated as the No. 13 recruit in the Class of 2014 by Blue Star Basketball.
Academic excellence: Ekmark has maintained a 4.32 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has participated in literacy-outreach initiatives and volunteered locally feeding the homeless.
“Ekmark is a fantastic basketball player,” said Lisa Contreras, head coach at Westview (Avondale, Ariz.). “She does a great job of reading the defense and coming off picks, and she’s an outstanding shooter.”
THE FUTURE: Ekmark will be a senior next year.