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THE WINNER: Caitlin Bucksbaum
School: Falmouth (Maine)
Athletic achievement:The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, she led the Yachtsmen to a 14-2-2 record and a third straight Class B state championship this past season. Bucksbaum scored eight goals and passed for 10 assists, including two assists in Falmouth’s state championship run. She is the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year and the 2012 Class B Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Bucksbaum has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: The treasurer of the Falmouth High senior class, she has volunteered locally with the school’s Environmental Action Committee, as a peer math tutor and with Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“Caitlin hurt us because her pace and ability to control the ball in the midfield stymied my midfielders, making them ineffective,” said Steve Boyce, head coach of Morse (Bath, Maine). “She set up most if not all the goals Falmouth scored against us in each of their one-goal victories.”
THE FUTURE: Bucksbaum will attend Villanova.