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THE WINNER: Mike Galullo
School: North Central (Indianapolis)
Athletic achievement: He scored 13 goals and passed for eight assists this past season, leading the Panthers (8-6-2) to the Class 2A state tournament. The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year, Galullo was an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year. He concluded his career with 28 goals and 23 assists.
Academic excellence: Galullo has maintained a weighted 3.81 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and as a youth soccer coach. He has also donated his time helping to organize a charity soccer game to benefit the Jackson Center for Conductive Education, which helps children with cerebral palsy.
“I have worked with a number of players in MLS and I put Mike right up there,” said John Griffin, the director of coaching with the Dynamo FC club program. “He’s tough, excellent 1-v-1, he can finish, distribute and defensively he’s very good, too.”
THE FUTURE: Galullo will attend Indiana.