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THE WINNER: Kieran Tuntivate
School: Charter School of Wilmington (Del.)
Weight: 125 pounds
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Division I individual state championship with a time of 15:50.60 this past season, leading the Force to second place as a team. Presented the Victor A. Zwolak Award as the state’s Co-Runner of the Year by the New Castle County Coaches Association, Tuntivate took seventh at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships, clocking a 15:08.90. He was second at the Division I state meet as a junior in 2013.
Academic excellence: Tuntivate has maintained a 4.20 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to fundraising to benefit needy children in Uganda, he has volunteered on behalf of his school’s humanitarian club, Habitat for Humanity, the Sunday Breakfast Mission and Ulster Project Delaware’s effort to promote peace in Northern Ireland.
“He’s a gutsy runner,” said Michelle Flanagan, head coach of rival Brandywine High. “I enjoy watching him turn on his kick at the end of his races. His times speak to his running ability, but his devotion to his team may not be as obvious. He is a true competitor and team player.”
THE FUTURE: Tuntivate will run for Harvard.