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THE WINNER: Emily Kinneston
School: Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.)
Athletic achievement: Kinneston has led the Redhawks to a 21-0 record and a berth in the Division 1 semifinals against Burlington (Vt.), scheduled for March 14. Kinneston is averaging 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.5 assists per game. She is an All-Metro first team selection and a member of the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen.
Academic excellence: Kinneston has maintained a 3.90 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, youth sports camps and a literacy-outreach program.
“She is the most complete player we have in the state,” said Glenn Johnson, coach at Bellows Free Academy (St. Albans, Vt.). “She plays the game the right way and she can take a game over on the defensive end and the offensive end.”
THE FUTURE: Kinneston will be a senior next year.