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THE WINNER: Jackie Kemph
School: Rolling Meadows (Ill.)
Position: Point guard
Athletic achievement: She averaged 20.0 points, 7.6 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.3 rebounds per game this past season, leading the Mustangs (31-4) to the Class 4A state championship game. The two-time Mid-Suburban East Player of the Year, Kemph shot 47 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the free throw line. In seven postseason games, Kemph averaged 13.1 points and 6.6 assists.She led Illinois Elite’s 17U squad to the Amateur Athletic Union state title this past May.
Academic excellence: Kemph has maintained a 5.34 weighted GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth soccer and basketball instructor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and a youth literacy-outreach program.
“She’s fantastic,” said Mary Fendley, head coach of rival Hersey (Arlington Heights, Ill.). “She’s impossible to guard. She’s very unselfish and always has a calm demeanor. I don’t think I’ve ever coached or coached against a better point guard.”
THE FUTURE: Kemph will be a senior next year.