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THE WINNER: Meghan King
School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Athletic achievement: She posted a 20-2 record in the circle along with a 0.25 ERA this past season, leading the Raiders (30-2) to a second-straight Class 7A state championship. King struck out 226 batters and walked 19 in 142.2 innings pitched. The 2014 Class 7A State Player of the Year recorded 15 shutouts and three no-hitters, including one perfect game, and held opponents to a .111 batting average. She fired a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Harmony High in the Class 7A state title game.
Academic excellence: King has maintained a weighted 3.99 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a leader at Vacation Bible Camp, as a youth softball coach and as part of multiple community-service initiatives with her church youth group.
“Meghan King is the main reason St. Thomas Aquinas beat Harmony and won the state championship,” said Mark Schusterman, head coach of Gulliver Prep. “The important thing to remember is that St. Thomas played the toughest competition around and Meghan kept them in every game.”
THE FUTURE: King has signed with Maryland.