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THE WINNER: Carter Johnson
School: Skyview (Vancouver, Wash.)
Weight: 160 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Storm to a 14-3-1 record entering the Class 4A state tournament, scheduled to begin May 15. The 2013 Greater St. Helens League MVP, Johnson scored 26 goals and passed for six assists in 18 games. In the 2012 state tournament, Johnson scored seven goals and added two assists in five games, including a pair of goals in Skyview’s 3-2 win over Central Kitsap (Silverdale, Wash.) in the Class 4A championship game.
Academic excellence: Johnson has maintained a 3.7 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Skyview High Science, Math and Technology Program, he has volunteered locally at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver in addition to donating his time as a peer tutor and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group.
“Carter is a playmaker and a goal-scorer,” said Sam Busick, head coach of Hudson’s Bay (Vancouver, Wash.). “He scores goals when needed and creates them when needed. That is highly unusual in soccer. He has a huge impact on any game he plays in, and his skill and technical ability on the ball and off the ball is impressive for a high school player.”
THE FUTURE: Johnson will be a senior next year.