Congratulations to Erin Wright and Matthew Kuczajda
for being selected to the FHSAA Academic All State team. Schools from across the state of Florida submit one boy and one girl nominee. From those nominees, 12 boys and 12 girls were selected from all classifications to be on the Academic All State team. WPHS was the only school in the state that has a boy and girl selected.
FHSAA Announces 2018 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team To Recognize Student-Athletes’ Success Both On And Off The Playing Field
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced the 24 student-athletes for the 24th annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team, a recognition program that honors graduating seniors who excel in both athletics and academics. With this being one of the most important special recognition programs the FHSAA sponsors, a total of 12 girls and 12 boys from all over the state will be awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships.
“We’re happy to support a program that sheds light on student-athletes for their successes in the classroom as well as the field of play,” says Florida Dairy Farmers CEO Michele Cooper. “Florida’s Dairy Farming families share their work ethic and applaud their commitment to excellence in everything they do.”
To be eligible for this award, students must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average and earned a minimum of two varsity letters in at least two different sports during their junior and senior year. The 2018 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team selection committee received applications from 146 qualified student-athletes and evaluated them based off of athletic participation, academic record, extracurricular activities, community service, and essay.
Each Academic All-State Team member will be recognized at a commemorative banquet on Monday, June 11 in Gainesville, Fla. Each student honored will receive a $1,700 scholarship and a commemorative medallion. Out of the 24 All-State Team members, one male and one female will be named the Ron Davis Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the FHSAA’s most prestigious honor bestowed on any active student-athlete. The winners of this award will earn a trophy and an additional $4,600 in scholarship funds – $6,300 in total.
The members of the 2018 FHSAA Academic All-State Team are:
Danielle Corbin, Episcopal (Jacksonville) – Danielle Corbin will be attending the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana where she will be majoring in architecture. She is a two-sport athlete in which she has advanced to the state championships in tennis and cross country. Danielle has been recognized by “In the Game” magazine for her performance on the tennis court and academic success in the classroom. A member of the National Art Honor Society, Danielle has had to opportunity to design t-shirts for her school’s homecoming and banners for the “Eagle’s Nest” student section. She has proven to be dedicated to her community as she organized the first Catholic Charities Used Book Drive at her school.
Reedy Davenport, Bartram Trail (St. Johns) – Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Reedy will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers where she plans to study health science. Ranked in the top 3% of her class, Reedy received the Star Award from Bartram Trail High School. As a four-year basketball and softball player, she has earned All-Conference Team honors. For softball, Reedy was named the St. Augustine Record Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. Outside of athletics, she is involved in various organizations at school such as National Honor Society and the Athletic Leadership Council. After college, Reedy wants to become a physical therapist.
Anne Gracy, Marathon – The University of Florida in Gainesville will be Anne Gracy’s new home this fall where she will study political science. Anne received the Sportsmanship of the Year awards for both soccer and cross country. In her junior year, Anne was named a member of the Monroe County Girls All-County Soccer Team. She is member of Marathon High School’s marching and symphonic bands where she plays the alto saxophone. Anne has received a superior rating at Solo and Ensemble every year since her sophomore year. Anne is a Great Educational Moment (GEM) award recipient for the coordination of a school and community-wide shoe drive that was successful in collecting 500 pairs of shoes and raising funds that were donated to the local animal shelter.
Caroline Hanson, Bozeman (Panama City) – Caroline Hanson carries an unweighted 4.0 grade point average and she is the valedictorian of Bozeman School. Throughout high school, Caroline has played basketball, volleyball, track, and soccer. She has showcased her leadership skills by serving as president of her school’s student government program and class president during her sophomore and junior years of high school. Caroline has served her community well by volunteering regularly with the Shoreline Restoration and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. She plans to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville to study biological engineering and sustainability studies.
Katie Morello, Alonso (Tampa) – The valedictorian of Alonso High School, Katie Morello is a four-year volleyball and flag football player. This flag football running back is a member of the 2017 Hillsborough County Western Conference Flag Football Second Team and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State Third Team. Drum major for her high school’s marching band, Katie was named to the Hillsborough County All-State Band two years in a row. Outside of band and athletics, she placed second at the Florida Future Business Leaders of America State Conference and has qualified for the national competition. Katie started an UNICEF chapter at her school that grew to 30 members and fundraised for the International Fund.
Abygayle Rausch, Auburndale – With hopes of becoming an engineer, Abygayle Rausch had the opportunity to attend the United States Naval Academy STEM Program and the NASA Summer Programming Program. She received varsity letters in track & field, swimming, cross country, and weightlifting. Abygayle has qualified for the Florida High School Track and Field State Championships and AAU Junior Olympics for her success in discus. She’s the 2017-2018 ROTC Cadet Commanding Officer and has participated on the NJROTC Drill Team for three years. Abygayle started the Middle School Military Leadership class that teaches skills to young leaders. She has completed over 1,400 hours of community service through her volunteer efforts with Kids Quest, Teen Extreme and Sea Hounds.
Hannah Schneidewind, Niceville – While earning an unweighted 4.0 grade point average, Hannah Schneidewind ranks second in her class of 499 students. Hannah was a member of Niceville High School’s state champion cross country team and 4x800m relay team. She was recognized as a state winner for Wendy’s High School Heisman. She is a member of Humanities Club, Key Club, Outdoors Club and serves as editor of her yearbook. She was the Fundraising Campaign Coordinator for the Niceville High School Track Facility Campaign where she helped raise $47,000 of $125,000. In college, Hannah plans to study mechanical engineering.
Abigail Serda, South Florida HEAT –Abigail Serda, an Advanced Placement Scholar, plans to major in applied mathematics in college. She is an active member of Mu Alpha Theta and Mu Eta Sigma. In addition to be team captains for cross country, soccer, and track and field, Abigail has qualified for the state finals in both cross country and track & field during her high school athletic career. She has earned over 300 hours of community service by working with Broward Health Medical Center, The Friendship Circle and Church by the Sea. Abigail has also served the student-athletes of Florida through her membership on the FHSAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Anna Tovkach, Eastside (Gainesville) – Anna Tovkach ranks first in her class of 297 students and is a National Merit Scholar Finalist. She is a state finalist and medalist for track and field in the 400m race (2015), 4x400m relay (2016), and the 4x800m relay (2017). In cross country, she has qualified for the state championships all four years in high school. As an ambassador of the International Baccalaureate Program, she served as a representative at local middle schools where she offered advice to students about high school. Anna has completed nearly 500 hours of community service by volunteering with Camp Crystal Lake, Florida Museum of Natural History, and Holy Faith Catholic Church. She plans to study biomechanical engineering in college.
Brooke Waters, Union County (Lake Butler) – As a Bright Futures qualifier, Brooke Waters carries a 4.0 unweighted grade point average and ranks third in her class of 134 students. She was named to the 2017 First Team All-State Team for softball and 2017 Second All-State for volleyball. As class president for three years, Brooke was in charge of organizing class events and communicating between class sponsors and the overall student body at her school. She volunteers her time at local elementary schools and National Beta Club events. This fall, Brooke will attend the University of South Florida in Tampa where she will study nursing.
Jamya Wiley, Lincoln Park (Fort Pierce) – Not only does Jamya Wiley carry a 4.0 grade point average at Lincoln Park Academy, but she has also made the Dean’s List every semester at Indian River State College. Throughout high school, she participated in cross country and track & field where she served as the team captain. With plans to be a biology major in college, Jamya is involved in the Medical Club which provides information and support to students who aspire to have careers in the medical field. Over the course of two summers, she volunteered at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in the newborn nursery, discharge office, and at the front desk of the Labor and Delivery floor.
Erin Wright, Winter Park – An International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Erin Wright plans to study neuroscience and behavioral psychology in college. She has served as the team captain for her water polo, weightlifting, and swim teams. Erin had the opportunity to compete at the national competition for the Olympic Developmental Southeast Region Water Polo Team. She also competed in the Junior Olympics in 2017 with her club water polo team. Erin has represented her high school at the state leadership conference while being part of the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program. She has earned over 500 hours of community service volunteering with South Street Mission, One Heart for Women and Children, Carolina Cross Connections and through service and leadership training programs.
Austin Barclay, Gulf Breeze – With an interest in politics and desire to create change, Austin Barclay plans to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts to study ethics, economics, and religion. Throughout high school, he earned varsity letters in tennis and cross country all four years of high school. Through his work with student government, he led a fundraising campaign that raised over $10,000. Austin is an active member of Mock Trial and won at the regional competition. In addition, Austin is the four-time regional winner in Extemporaneous Debate. This Ronald McDonald House Youth Volunteer of the Year has raised $90,000 and earned over 1,100 community services by volunteering for the organization.
Ethan Field, Oviedo – Ethan Field ranks second in his senior class of over 600 students at Oviedo High School. His speech, “How My Passions Impact the World,” earned him first place and a scholarship at the Optimist International Oratorical Speech Contest. Ethan earned varsity letters in cross country and track and field throughout his high school career. The team captain was a member of the 2017 4A Florida High School Cross State Championship team. Ethan performs the National Anthem at all of his school’s home football games. He has received superior ratings for show choir and jazz band from the Florida Bandmasters Association. Ethan plans to take his talents to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he plans to study government, politics and contemporary music while participating in the dual degree program at Berklee College of Music.
Jack Garcia, All Saints Academy (Winter Park) – On the pre-medicine track, Jack Garcia will attend the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this fall. He is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a four-time winner at the Florida State Spanish Conference. Jack is a four-sport athlete having competed in basketball, lacrosse, football, and golf throughout high school. He is a member of Honor Council, Harvard Model Congress, National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Jack gives back to his community through his volunteer efforts with Teen Court, VISTE, and Uth Mpact, where he served as treasurer for the past two years.
Alec Gordon, North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek) – Alec Gordon was accepted into the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He ran both cross country and track all four years of high school and served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board at his school. Alec is the managing editor at his school’s student-run online news publication, Brainwash, and vice president of Interact Club. He organized St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon at his school where he recruited 30 people to shave their heads and raised $30,173 to find cures for childhood cancers. Alec aspires to raise $50,000 and recruit 50 people to participate this year.
Ty Hands, Palm Beach Lakes (West Palm Beach) – Ty Hands was ranked first in his class out of 530 students all four years of high school. The aspiring Florida State University pre-medicine student is EMR and CPR certified and has interned with the Walgreens Pharmacy Program for four years. Throughout high school, Ty has participated in basketball and track and field. As a basketball player, he has over 1,000 career points and helped his team reach the Florida State High School Basketball State Semifinals. Ty also set the record for the high jump at the Panther Relay Invitational. This year, Ty qualified for the Health Occupations Students of American state competition. He combined his love of sports and medicine by initiating the student athletic trainer position where he assisted his school’s athletic trainers at football games.
Matthew Kuczajda, Winter Park – Matthew Kuczajda will attend the United State Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he plans to study aerospace engineering. A member of the varsity cross country and track and field team, Matthew was named to the 2017 All-Metro Cross Country Team and placed fifth in the 4x800m relay at the 2017 Florida High School Track and Field State Championships. He is the trumpet section leader for his school’s marching band and principal trumpet for his school’s wind ensemble. Matthew has earned superior ratings for his performances at Solo and Ensemble. With his position as Central Florida Composite Squadron Cadet Commander in the Civil Air Patrol, he led all of the cadets in the squadron while promoting their core values of integrity, respect, excellence, and volunteer service. Matthew gives back to his community by volunteering with Orlando Science Center and St. Luke’s Church.
Alejandro Michel, Freedom (Tampa) – Alejandro Michel plans to attend Florida State University in Tallahassee to major in mathematics and computer science. In addition to being named valedictorian of Freedom High School, Alejandro will also graduate from high school with his Associate’s Degree from Hillsborough Community College. Running both cross country and track & field all four years of high school, Alejandro holds the school record for the 5K. A member of Mu Alpha Theta, Alejandro placed third in the Calculus division during the Math Bowl. Outside of school, he tutors student in math and volunteers at the Florida Hospital in Tampa.
Trey Schaneville, Viera (Melbourne) – Trey Schaneville received the Distinguished Panther Academic Award from his future college, Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He plans to study business and sports management in the fall. Trey is a multi-sport athlete earning varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field. He is the all-time leading scorer in both basketball and football at his school. He served as his high school representative for the Cape Coast Conference Leadership Council. In addition to serving as a camp counselor for youth sport camps, Trey volunteered with the Viera Suntree Little League-Challenger that provides children with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic events.
Daniel Sweeney, Maclay (Tallahassee) – An upcoming pre-medicine student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Daniel Sweeney is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He has participated in soccer, track, cross country, and football throughout his high school career. During his junior year, Daniel was a member of the 1A Florida High School Soccer State Championship team. He is a four year representative for student government, two year member of the FHSAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Fiction Editor for Maclay’s creative writing club, Notes from the Underground. Daniel has attended three mission trips to News Orleans, Louisiana and volunteered with Big Bend Habitat for Humanity and youth soccer camps.
Elijah Suh, Rocky Bayou Christian (Niceville) – With plans to attend the United State Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado to study medicine and history, Elijah carries an unweighted 4.0 grade point average and is an National Merit Scholarship Finalist. He earned varsity letters in cross country, soccer, and track and field. While serving as captains for these teams, Elijah has won the 2017 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. His leadership abilities have been recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution who have granted him with the Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship. Elijah has earned nearly 400 community service through volunteering with Covenant Care, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base and Rocky Bayou Christian School.
Patrick Wendell, Fletcher (Neptune Beach) – This fall, Patrick Wendell will begin studying construction management or finance at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has a 3.8 unweighted grade point average and will graduate high school with an AICE Diploma. Patrick is a three-sport athlete participating in soccer, football and lacrosse. He was named to the 2017 and 2018 All-Conference Soccer Team and played in the 2018 4A Florida High School Soccer State Championships. Throughout high school, he was involved in the AICE Club, National Honor Society, History Honor Society, and Interact Service Club. He has made an impact on his community by volunteering with BEAM and Stop Hunger Now.
Cavan Wilson, Coral Gables – Cavan Wilson holds an unweighted grade point average of 4.0. The 2017 Sunshine State Scholar has competed in cross country, swimming, and track and field all four years of high school. Cavan is a state medalist in cross country and track and currently holds school records for the 5k and 3200m race. He’s been involved with his school’s online publication, Cavsconnect, since his freshmen year where he has served as the sports editor and co-editor-in-chief. He’s also involved in National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. During his free time, Cavan tutors students in math and he coaches youth basketball and triathlon.
About Florida Dairy Farmers
Florida Dairy Farmers (FDF) is Florida’s milk promotion organization, representing more than 100 dairy farming families who work every day to provide a steady supply of wholesome milk. FDF’s sponsorship of the Academic All-State Team compliments the organization’s long history of supporting Florida’s student athletes. In its 25th year of sponsoring the Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards program, FDF also honors the state’s top athletes and coaches in all FHSAA sanctioned sports.
About the FHSAA
The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.