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THE WINNER: Summer Lanter
School: Soddy Daisy (Tenn.)
Athletic achievement: She scored 32 goals and passed for 17 assists this past season, leading the Trojans (18-3-3) to the Class AAA state quarterfinals. The Region 3-AAA Player of the Year, Lanter had 13 goals and six assists in the postseason as Soddy Daisy reached the state tournament for a third straight year. She concluded her career with 100 goals and 43 assists.
Academic excellence: Lanter has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with the Soddy Daisy High Beta Club and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her school’s National Honor Society chapter.
“Summer is lightning fast and finishes at speed with either foot,” said Josh Gray, Lanter’s club coach with FC Alliance. “If anyone loses the ball, she runs it down immediately. The problem she poses as a coach is she gets the ball and [her teammates] sometimes stop and watch.”
THE FUTURE: Lanter will attend Lee.