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THE WINNER: Brendan Shearn
School: North Schuylkill (Ashland, Pa.)
Athletic achievement: He raced to 21st nationally at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, with a time of 15:44. Shearn finished second at the Class AA state championships in 16:04 and placed fourth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships. He earned victories at the Briarwood Invitational, the Schuylkill League Championships and the District 11 Championships.
Academic excellence: Shearn has maintained a 3.93 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of charity road races and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
“Brendan has been a great leader for our team,” said North Schuylkill coach Frank Briggs. “He’s been a dedicated runner for the past six years, and he’s also an outstanding student in the classroom.”
THE FUTURE: Shearn will attend the University of Pennsylvania this fall, where he will compete in cross country and track and field.