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THE WINNER: Olivia Healy
School: Reading (Mass.)
Athletic achievement: She averaged 27.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.3 steals, 3.8 assists and 2.0 blocks per game this past season, leading the Warriors (23-1) to the Division 2 state semifinals. A three-time Middlesex League Player of the Year, Healy is a two-time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic and led Reading to the 2012 Division 2 state title. She concluded her prep basketball career with a school-record 1,899 points.
Academic excellence: Healy has maintained a 3.27 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has participated in an anti-bullying video as part of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association 12th Annual Student Sportsmanship Essay/Multimedia Contest and has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in addition to donating her time as a youth basketball and volleyball coach.
“Olivia Healy does anything and everything necessary for her team to win,” said Steve Sullivan, head coach at Woburn (Mass.). “She is putting up incredible stats while doing all the little things necessary to help her team win in spite of being the focal point of every defense she plays.”
THE FUTURE: Healy will attend Richmond.