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Wed. June 9, 2010 | Times Staff

GIRLS STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

CHRISTINA SOCIAS, ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 3.92/4.94
Standardized test score: 1870 (of maximum 2400) SAT, 24 ACT
Sports: Cross country, basketball, tennis
College: Has received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point
Proudest academic accomplishment: A quantum improvement in math, culminating in the A Socias earned as a senior in all four quarters of her college level calculus class. “I started out my freshman year taking algebra because most people take it in eighth grade and I didn’t,” said Socias, who graduated among the top 10 in her class. “I had to double up, and then if you had told me I’d be in (advanced-placement) calculus … I never would’ve believed you because I was really bad in math.”
Proudest athletic accomplishment: A bona fide three-sport athlete, Socias points to the “Best Defender” award she earned this past season in basketball, and her evolution as a tennis player. Though she never took tennis seriously until her freshman year, she worked her way to the No. 3 singles spot. As a junior, she was named team MVP. As a senior, she lost only two singles matches, helping lead the Jaguars to the Class A state tournament. Additionally, she was the basketball team’s No. 2 scorer (10.1 ppg) as a senior and finished 12th in last fall’s 2A, District 5 cross country meet.
Did you know? Socias is the second member of her family to win this honor in the past three years. Older sister Stephanie, now a cross country/track athlete at Notre Dame, won in 2008. … The daughter of Cuban-born parents, Socias said she opted for the Army because she ultimately wants to work for the government, perhaps in a national security or international affairs role. Should she graduate from West Point, she must serve a minimum five years of active duty followed by four in the reserves. … Socias is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Corps, joining Tampa mayor Pam Iorio for forums, community walks and various service projects including feeding the homeless. … The past two years Socias has gone on a school-related mission trip to West Virginia, helping underprivileged families renovate their homes. … As a senior, Socias served as student council vice president.
 
First team
Erika Kolakowski, Plant City

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 7.32/4.0
Standardized test: 33 ACT
Sports: Track and field (volleyball and cross country in previous years)
Notable: Valedictorian. … Third in 800 meters at Class 3A state track meet. … Two-time county and district champion in 800. … Holder of four school track and field records. … National Merit scholar. … American Legion girls state delegate and speaker. … General Schwarzkopf Leadership Award. … National Honor Society president. … Plant City’s “Math Student of the Year” Award
College: Auburn
 
Breawna Davis, Sickles
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
3.9615/5.8415
Standardized test: 30 ACT
Sports: Diving, track and field
Notable: Graduated 18th in a class of 610. … 12th in diving at 2009 Class 2A state meet. … Class 3A, District 9 pole vault champion (2010). … AP Scholar with Honor. … National Honor Society member. … Vice president of Exchangettes Service Club. … Has performed more than 100 hours of community service.
College: Has received an appointment to West Point
 
Gina Barbato, Academy of the Holy Names
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
3.83/4.53
Standardized test: 1970 (of maximum 2400) SAT, 28 ACT
Sports: Cross country, track
Notable: Holds school record in 400 meters (1:02.47) and ran on three school record-setting relay teams. … Logged 731 service hours (top five in AHN senior class). … Winner of Light Foundation Scholarship Award and Anne Frank Humanitarian Award for dedication/devotion to volunteerism, community service and leadership. … National Beta Club president. … Member of at least four honor societies.
College: North Carolina
 
Alex Hagan, Plant
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
3.96/6.40
Standardized test: 1370 (math and verbal) SAT, 28 ACT
Sports: Diving, track and field, cheerleading
Notable: Won two district, one region and one conference diving title. … Holds school record in pole vault (9 feet). ... Member of at least five honor societies. … Sports editor of Plant High yearbook. … Vice president of senior class. … Swim team captain
College: Washington and Lee
 
Shytina Harley, East Bay
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
3.7/4.4
Standardized test: 1500 (of maximum 2400) SAT
Sports: Basketball, track
Notable: First player in school history to collect 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. … Western Conference Federal Division MVP. … County triple jump champion. … National Honor Society. … National Technical Honor Society. … Has logged 164 hours of community service. … Fellowship of Christian Athletes
College: Fort Valley (Ga.) State

Honorable mention
Alonso — Alyssa Carson, Erin Snook; Berkeley Prep — Amber Famiglietti, Allyson Freedy; Bloomingdale — Larissa Menke; Brandon — Devin Whale, Shelby Williams; Chamberlain — Andrea Bollinger, Jacie Veller; Hillsborough — Khai Grubbs, Rodjsyne Jones; Newsome — Sarah Burgan, Sydney Coates; Plant — Maddie Martin; Plant City — Haylee Dietrich; Robinson — Phoebe Gunter, Morgan Kerr; Seffner Christian — Amanda Gonzalez, Madison Henline; Tampa Bay Tech — Magnime Bagnabana, Lashae White; Tampa Catholic — Colette Eule


BOYS STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

MARK PARRISH, CHAMBERLAIN
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
7.4/3.96
Standardized test score: 1990 SAT, 28 ACT
Sports: Cross country, track
College: Florida, where he will major in mechanical engineering and run track. He has a partial athletic scholarship.
Proudest academic accomplishment: Parrish placed first in the state in the International Science and Engineering Fair. His topic of his project was hot-wire anemometry.
Proudest athletic accomplishment: Was runnerup in the Class 4A state cross country meet (15:30.85). “That was a great accomplishment after working up to it for four years,” Parrish said. “I had a good race, I had a good time and my team also did well (Chamberlain placed ninth) so we could all enjoy it together.” Also ran a 9:09 in the 3,200 meters at the FSU Relays this spring.
Did you know? Parrish is Chamberlain’s valedictorian. … Is interning this summer with NOAA at MacDill Air Force Base, where he worked with all electronic and mechanical aspects of the P-3 Orion aircrafts that fly into the eye of hurricanes. “It’s an everyday challenge and it’s not the same thing every day,” Parrish said. “We’re working on three different aircrafts right now and it’s a constant flow of big and little projects. It’s such a diverse job. You’re never doing the same thing.” … Won first place (senior engineering division) in 2008 and ’09 Hillsborough County regional science and engineering fair. ...  Three-time St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough Cross Country male athlete of the year. … Tallied more than 700 hours of community service, including National Youth Leadership Training through the Boy Scouts for the past four years. …  Plays classical guitar.

First team
David McCarthy, Plant
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 7.5/3.95
Standardized test: 1300 SAT
Sport: Football
Notable: Valedictorian. … Member of back-to-back state champion football teams. … As starting defensive end, had 18 sacks as a senior. … Hillsborough County football hall of fame scholar athlete. … AP Scholar with distinction. … Citizen’s advisory committee. … Vice president of SADD.
College: Florida, where he will walk on to football team

Sam Morgan, Bloomingdale
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
6.24/4.0
Standardized test: 1300 SAT
Sport: Baseball
Notable: National Merit Commended Scholar. … First-team Western Conference as senior. … Baseball team captain as senior. … NHS. … Spanish Honor Society. … Principal’s Honor Society all four years. … volunteers at Little League camps and the Spanish Migrant Christmas Exchange.
College: Deciding between Florida and Emory

Blair Butler, Plant City
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
6.12/3.88
Standardized test: 1310 SAT
Sport: Swimming
Notable: Ranked 10th in class of 530. … In Class 3A state swim meet, placed 10th in 200 free and 12th in 500 free. … Has taken nine AP courses. … South Florida Baptist Hospital volunteer for four years. … NHS. … Three-year swim team captain. … Began to swim at age 15.
College: Indian River State College, where he will swim for its NJCAA championship program; will major in biological science and hopes to transfer to Florida

Thomas Mouse, Chamberlain
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
6.76/4.0
Standardized test: 1960 SAT; 32 ACT
Sport: Baseball
Notable: Class salutatorian. … Baseball team MVP as junior. … First-team All-Western Conference as junior. … Two-year team captain. … NHS president as senior. … Has taken 15 AP courses. … Volunteered at Metropolitan Ministries, MacDill AFB Child Development Center, James Haley Veteran’s Hospital.
College: USF, where he will be in the honors college in the seven-year accelerated medical program.

Patrick Hacker, Newsome
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
6.06/3.86
Standardized test: 1310 SAT/26 ACT
Sports: Soccer, track
Notable: FACA All-State soccer team as senior. … All Western Conference as senior. … Selected Best All-Around Senior. … AP Scholar with Distinction. ... Schwarzkopf Leadership Award. … SGA vice president. … More than 170 hours community service:  Echo, Metropolitan Ministries, Valrico Soccer Club, Veterans Hospital, Toys for Tots.
College: Florida, where he will study engineering

Honorable mention
Alonso: Brandon Johnson; Berkeley Prep: Sam Bobo, Mark Timmel; Brandon: Joe Cozart, Carter Tilson; Carrollwood Day: Billy Embody, Matt Monteilh; East Bay: Forrest Meredith; Gaither: Austin Deforest, Matthew Hathaway, Dylan Hathcock; Lennard: Evan Locke; Newsome: Cody Dowd; Plant: Trevor Berecz; Robinson: Jason Cross, Bryan Garcia; Seffner Christian: Steven Bush; Tampa Bay Tech: Neil Clay, Ivan Rodriguez-Mogollo; Tampa Catholic: Hank McCloud

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