THE WINNER: Alexa Efraimson
School: Camas (Wash.)
Athletic achievement: She won two individual state titles, both in record times, at the Class 4A state meet this spring and led the Papermakers to a fifth-place finish as a team. Efraimson won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.17 and the 1600 in 4:39.25, the latter of which ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance among prep competitors in 2013 at the time of her selection. Efraimson’s best times in the 1500 of 4:16.00 and 800 of 2:06.54 ranked as the nation’s No. 3 and No. 5 performances, respectively, among prep competitors this spring.
Academic excellence: Efraimson has maintained a 3.89 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally in multiple community service initiatives in association with her school’s Key Club and National Honor Society in addition to donating her time as a youth soccer referee.
“Alexa Efraimson is amazing,” said Mark Ward, head coach of Central Kitsap (Silverdale, Wash.). “She dictates a race just by stepping to the start line. She is totally under control of every race I’ve seen her run and has the best range of any athlete at our level in the state.”
THE FUTURE: Efraimson will be a junior next year.