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THE WINNER: Rachel Erickson
School: Cheyenne East (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Thunderbirds to a 13-2-2 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. A two-time All-State and All-Region selection, Erickson scored 15 goals and passed for four assists.
Academic excellence: Erickson has maintained a 3.88 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a basketball standout, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth sports programs.
“She’s a very skilled player,” said Tom Racette, head coach at Sheridan (Wyo.). “She’s aggressive on the ball and she makes great decisions.”
THE FUTURE: Erickson will be a senior next year.