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THE WINNER: Sam Graving
School: Johnston (Iowa)
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Dragons to a 14-0 record entering this week’s regular-season game against Fort Dodge, scheduled for May 13. Graving has scored eight goals and passed for six assists through 14 games. A member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program player pool, he was a 2013 Class 3A First team All-State selection after helping Johnston reach the state semifinals.
Academic excellence: Graving has maintained a weighted 3.57 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a child-care provider at his church and as a youth soccer coach and referee.
“Sam is a worker and is always looking for the ball,” said Aaron Ruff, head coach of Ankeny Centennial. “He is technically gifted as well as a great athlete. I feel that our attention to Graving exposed us in other areas where Johnston took advantage.”
THE FUTURE: Graving has signed with Drake University.