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THE WINNER: Tai Dinger
School: St. Albans School (Washington, D.C.)
Athletic achievement: He finished 11th at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships this past season, with a time of 15:35.8. Dinger tied for first at the Interstate Athletic Conference championships and finished second at the Maryland/D.C. Private School championships. He also earned a victory at the Mercersburg Invitational.
Academic excellence: Dinger has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a talented singer and an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, he has volunteered as a peer tutor.
“Tai combines an outstanding work ethic with fearlessness in competition,” said St. Albans coach Jim Ehrenhaft. “He extracts the most from every workout and competition, and leads by example.”
THE FUTURE: Dinger will begin his senior year of high school this fall.