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THE WINNER: Breyana Mason
School: Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.)
Athletic achievement: Mason averaged 26.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game this past season, leading the Bruins (19-8) to the Group AAA Northwest Region semifinals. The Cardinal District Player of the Year, Mason is a three-time Northwest Region first team selection and a four-time All-Cardinal District honoree. She concluded her prep basketball career with a Prince William County-record 1,976 points.
Academic excellence: Mason has maintained a 3.96 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Prince William County Animal Shelter and a homeless shelter in addition to donating her time as a youth basketball coach.
“Breyana is the type of player you can put on the worst team and she would still find a way to win without having to score all the points,” said Tamika Dudley, coach at Woodbridge (Va.). “She had a tremendous impact on her team and made people around her better.”
THE FUTURE: Mason has signed with Virginia.