Each season, Gatorade recognizes one student-athlete from each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. who embodies its Player of the Year program’s three pillars: athletic production, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Each week during its Gatorade State Player of the Year selection process, USA TODAY surfaces one candidate who meets those criteria and deserves recognition as a serious Gatorade State Player of the Year contender.
Name: Noah Snider
School: Laramie (Wyo.)
Sport: Boys Soccer
Athletic Production: Snider missed out on all the fun last season. A First Team All-State performer as a sophomore on Laramie’s state semifinalist squad in 2012, the 6-foot midfielder spent last spring playing for the Fort Collins (Colo.) Soccer Club and didn’t get to experience the Plainsmen’s 2013 Class 4A state championship run.
Snider returned for his senior season, however, and has Laramie pointed in the direction of a state title he could call his own.
With Snider deftly controlling the middle of the field—recording six goals and three assists in his team’s first 12 games—the Plainsmen are off to a 10-0-2 start and remain the only undefeated team in Class 4A.
Academic Achievement: Snider has maintained a straight-A average and will attend Wyoming’s Vassar College in the fall.
Exemplary Character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school’s student council, Snider has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and Interfaith-Good Samaritan, which assists individuals and families in emergency situations.