Each season, Gatorade recognizes one student-athlete from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. who embodies its Player of the Year program’s three pillars: athletic production, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Each week during its Gatorade State Player of the Year selection process, USA Today surfaces one candidate who meets those criteria and deserves recognition as a serious Gatorade State Player of the Year contender.
Name: Anna Kropf
School: Saint Teresa’s Academy (Kansas City, Mo.)
Athletic Production: Kropf won’t soon forget November 13. On the same day, the senior received the prestigious Evelyn Gates Award as Kansas City’s best prep volleyball player in a surprise ceremony and later signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Duke next fall.
A 6-foot-2 middle hitter, Kropf amassed 222 kills, 131 digs, 57 blocks and an efficient .559 kill percentage this past season for the Stars (27-9), who lost to eventual Class 4 state runner-up Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill South in the district title match. She also earned Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American honors this fall.
Academic Achievement: She has maintained an A average.
Exemplary Character: Kropf has volunteered as a youth volleyball coach, as a peer science tutor and with WIN for KC, which empowers girls and women through the promotion of fitness and sports.