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THE WINNER: Katie Stames
School: Peoples Academy (Morrisville, Vt.)
Athletic achievement:She scored 43 goals and passed for 20 assists this past season, leading the Wolves (18-0) to the Division 3 state championship. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Stames was also named the Times Argus Player of the Year and was a First Team All-State choice by the Burlington Free Press.
Academic excellence: Stames has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a food pantry and youth soccer programs.
“Stames is an incredibly gifted attacking player,” said Jeff Burroughs, head coach at St. Johnsbury Academy (Vt.). “She’s very creative and she’s the quickest offensive player we saw. She’s unpredictable and very good technically.”
THE FUTURE: Stames will be a senior next year.