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THE WINNER: Keiryn Swenson
School: Maize (Kan.)
Athletic achievement: She hurled the javelin 148 feet, 4 inches to win the Class 6A state championship this spring. Swenson also won the javelin throw at the Great Southwest Classic and her season-best winning effort of 155-2 at the Kansas Relays ranked as the nation’s No. 7 performance among prep competitors in 2014 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Swenson has maintained a 4.06 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a basketball and volleyball standout, she is a member of both the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Swenson has also raised funds for cancer research and volunteered locally on behalf of a youth volleyball program.
“Keiryn is a great athlete and a fantastic kid,” said Dana Handy, head coach at Maize. “She keeps throwing a little bit further each year, and this year she finally got over the hump. She just missed the state record. I’m sure that will be a goal next year.”
THE FUTURE: Swenson will be a senior this fall.