FHSAA names students from LaBelle, Naples to All-State team

FHSAA names students from LaBelle, Naples to All-State team

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FHSAA names students from LaBelle, Naples to All-State team

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For the 19th consecutive year, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) recognized 24 of the top student-athletes around Florida as members of the 2013 Academic All-State Team. The group features nine valedictorians, 12 three-sport athletes and four four-sport athletes among those who will be honored for extraordinary academic achievement and community service in addition to their athletic prowess.
From Southwest Florida, two were chosen:
* Kelly Carney, Naples – Kelly is the daughter of Mary and Brendan Carney. She has a 3.98 grade point average, ranks 10th in a senior class of 339 students and is an Advanced Placement Scholar. Kelly earned varsity letters in golf and lacrosse all four years of high school, plus three varsity letters in soccer. She was a class representative and a member of TOMS Campus Club, National Honor Society, Interact Club, and Spanish Honor Society during her high school career. Kelly’s dedication to her community is shown through more than 330 hours of community service. Kelly plans to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville and study health science.
* Derek Bass, LaBelle – Derek is the son of Richard and Tammy Kay Bass. He has a 4.0 grade point average, ranks fourth in a senior class of 253 students and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Derek earned four varsity letters in basketball along with three in football and baseball. He was a class representative all four years of high school and is a member of the National Honor Society. Derek has given back to his community’s youth sports programs by volunteering more than 445 hours through his participation in LaBelle Little League, LaBelle Pop Warner, LaBelle High School Basketball Facilities, and LaBelle Middle School Basketball Camp. He plans to attend either Berry College in Rome, GA, or Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, and study engineering.
“The FHSAA is proud to reward these outstanding students through the Academic All-State scholarship program for excelling in the classroom and yet still finding a way to impact their communities and succeed in the athletic arena,” said FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing. “This group of student-athletes truly personifies the FHSAA mission of building leaders through teamwork, sportsmanship and citizenship.”
The 12 boys and 12 girls who merited inclusion on this prestigious team will be celebrated at the FHSAA Academic All-State Awards Banquet June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville. Each of the 24 Academic All-State Team members will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the FHSAA. Additionally, one male and one female student-athlete from the group will receive the FHSAA’s most prestigious honor: Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Recipients of that honor will be announced during the banquet, and the two will receive additional $3,000 scholarships and a special trophy.
To be eligible for selection to the Academic All-State Team, a student-athlete must be a graduating senior, have a cumulative unweighted grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and have earned a varsity letter in at least two different sports during each of his or her junior and senior years. The members were selected based on academic record, athletic participation, non-athletic activities, community service and an essay. The 24 members came from an applicant pool of more than 240 qualified candidates from the Association’s 685 member high schools.

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