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THE WINNER: Parker English
School: Evanston (Ill.) Township
Athletic achievement: She won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.33 seconds and the 400-meter run in 53.88 at the Class 3A state championship meet this spring, leading the Wildkits to a fourth-place finish as a team. English also finished third in the 100-meter dash, while her season-best time of 53.80 seconds in the 400 ranked as the nation’s No. 10 performance among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: English has maintained a 3.42 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, she has volunteered locally as a tutor and a Vacation Bible School counselor.
“Parker is right up there with the best we’ve ever had,” said Evanston Township head coach Fenton Gunter. “The talent was always there for her, and she came in this year and did her job.”
THE FUTURE: English has signed with Notre Dame.