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THE WINNER: Taria Page
School: East Anchorage (Alaska)
Athletic achievement: She led the Thunderbirds to a 24-0 record and a berth in the Large School state tournament, scheduled to begin June 6. Page batted .741 with 13 home runs, 48 runs scored, 44 RBI and a 2.086 slugging percentage through 24 games. A two-time First Team All-State selection, she has helped East Anchorage win 57 consecutive games and a pair of state championships dating back to 2012.
Academic excellence: Page has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in her church community, she has participated locally on behalf of multiple car wash fundraisers and as a youth softball coach.
“Taria Page is the strongest and most natural player I have ever coached,” said East Anchorage head coach Paul Schoenborn. “For her size she is so agile and she makes plays at shortstop that are just amazing. You have to see her play every day to understand her abilities. She makes incredible plays look easy.”
THE FUTURE: Page will be a senior this fall.