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THE WINNER: Emily Edwards
School: Fort Myers (Fla.)
Position: Distance runner
Athletic achievement: She raced to the Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:09.24. Edwards also won the Southwest Florida Invitational, the District 11 championship, the Region 3 title and the Lee County Athletic Conference crown. She finished second at the FSU Pre-State Invitational and the flrunners.com Invitational.
Academic excellence: Edwards has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a talented musician, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth running programs, and has raised funds to benefit cancer and leukemia research.
“Emily is currently running at a high level,” said Fort Myers head coach Kelly Heinzman-Britton. “She’s also proven to be a great leader, on and off the course. She’s just an extraordinary young lady, and without a doubt, one of the school’s best all-around students.”
THE FUTURE: Edwards has verbally committed to Alabama.