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THE WINNER: Kristi Kirshe
School: Franklin (Mass.)
Athletic achievement:She led the Panthers to a 22-0-1 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. Kirshe scored 40 goals and passed for 13 assists, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Nashoba Regional (Bolton, Mass.) in the state title game. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Boston Globe’s Division 1 Player of the Year, Kirshe was also named Miss Soccer by ESPNBoston.com. She concluded her prep soccer career with 102 goals and 44 assists.
Academic excellence: Kirshe has maintained a 4.27 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a middle school math tutor and as a youth basketball, soccer and lacrosse coach. She’s also donated her time on behalf of the Relay for Life.
“Kristi Kirshe is the player to build a team around,” said Steve Santos, head coach of Attleborough (Mass.). “She works hard and makes others around her better.”
THE FUTURE: Kirshe has verbally committed to Williams College.