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THE WINNER: Kaitlyn Pratt
School: McDonogh 35 (New Orleans)
Athletic achievement: She averaged 28.6 points, 17.0 rebounds, 8.0 steals, 5.0 assists and 4.0 blocks per game this past season, leading the Roneagles (19-10) to the second round of the Class 4A state tournament. The 2013 District 9-4A MVP and a 2012 Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 4A Second Team All-State selection, Pratt was the MVP of the Division I 17U AAU National Championship Game as a member of the Kenner Angels in July, 2012.
Academic excellence: Pratt has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research, on behalf of the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and as a youth basketball coach and mentor.
“Kaitlyn plays at a high level all the time and the scoreboard never changes her level of intensity,” said Jessica Barber, head coach of Edna Karr (New Orleans, La.). “She makes you alter your game plan and she makes you invent new schemes to try to stop her, or should I say contain her.”
THE FUTURE: Pratt will attend Arkansas-Little Rock.