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THE WINNER: Noah Gade
School: Stillwater (Okla.)
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Class 6A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:30.84, leading the Pioneers to a 10th place as a team. Gade was the top Oklahoma finisher at the 2012 Foot Locker South Region championships, placing eighth in 15:03, becoming the first Oklahoma runner to qualify for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships since 1996. He finished 36th in country at nationals.
Academic excellence: Gade has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A National Merit Scholar semifinalist, he has volunteered locally as a mentor to both an elementary school student and a Special Olympics participant. He has also donated his time as part of a community beautification project.
“Noah stands alone at the top,” said Laura Clay, head coach at Westmoore (Oklahoma City, Okla.). “He is a great runner and very deserving.”
THE FUTURE: Gade has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Oklahoma State University beginning this fall.