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THE WINNER: Sabrina Southerland
School: Benjamin Cardozo (Bayside, N.Y.)
Athletic achievement: She captured the state championship in the 800-meter run this spring with a time of 2:06.09, which ranked as the nation’s No. 2 time among prep competitors in 2013 at the time of her selection. Southerland also won the 800 this year at both the New Balance Indoor Nationals and the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Academic excellence: Southerland has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: A writing tutor for other students, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth track programs.
“She has always worked hard, but she does it with a smile,” said Benjamin Cardozo assistant coach Ray James. “She’s got a very bright future. I know she’d like to have a career in the sport even after college, and she has that kind of ability.”
THE FUTURE: Southerland has signed with Georgetown.