THE WINNER: Alexa Smith
School: Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: She led the Rangers to a 29-0 record and a second consecutive Class 4A state championship this past season. Smith slammed 362 kills while recording a .519 kill percentage and .393 hitting percentage. The Class 4A Player of the Year as named by the Colorado High School Athletic Association, she amassed 425 service receptions, 202 digs, 73 service aces and 37 blocks. In a 3-1, title-clinching victory against Ponderosa (Parker, Colo.), Smith collected 20 service receptions, 16 kills, 11 digs, three service aces and two blocks. She was selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in June.
Academic excellence: Also a basketball standout, Smith has maintained a 4.00 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth volleyball instructor, she was a finalist in a statewide DECA competition and received Lewis-Palmer’s 2013 Ranger of the Year award as the sophomore who most exemplifies excellence in leadership, academics and athletics. A member of her school’s National Honor Society and Key Club International chapters as well as its peer-mentoring program, Smith has volunteered on behalf of her church, the Marian House Soup Kitchen, the Restore Innocence organization and the Dream Power Animal Rescue foundation.
“Smith’s presence on the court is special,” said Shelley Lockwood, co-head coach of rival Pine Creek. “I’ve been coaching 29 years, and I’ve never seen such a humble, beautiful player all the way around. I’ve seen a lot of players, but there’s just something special about that one. She’s so graceful.”
THE FUTURE: Smith has signed with Purdue.