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Wed. June 9, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Boys Student-Athlete of the Year
Matthew Schwartz, Land O’Lakes

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.45/4.0
Standardized test scores: 2200 SAT, 32 ACT
Sports: Cross country, track
College: Georgia Tech, where he hopes to study mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering.
Proudest academic accomplishment: Schwartz took the top prize in the annual Pasco County math competition for Calculus BC. Schwartz was the only entrant to answer all 30 questions correctly.
Proudest athletic accomplishment: Schwartz won his regional cross country meet and the regional 3,200 meters in track and field. “Those were a huge deal for me,” he said. “At the regional level there’s a lot of competition. It feels like a big meet. It was a lot more satisfying because there’s runners from all over the state.”
Did you know? Schwartz almost didn’t become a competitive runner. Coming out of eighth grade, he wanted to play football and even attended some workouts. “I decided to give cross country a shot,” Schwartz said. “I think I made the right choice.”

First team
Christopher McBride, River Ridge

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.47/3.97
Standardized test: 1330 SAT, 30 ACT
Sport: Football
Notable: Valedictorian. … JROTC national award. … National Honor Society vice president. … Varsity football captain. … County math competition. … Toys for Tots. … Kitty Hawk Air Society. … Worked in a soup kitchen for his church.
College: United States Air Force Academy

Mason Chilmonczyk, Ridgewood
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.14/3.80
Standardized test: 1290 SAT
Sports: Cross country, track
Notable: Physics Student of the Year. … Ranked seventh in class. … Four year of honor roll. … Two-time All-Sunshine Athletic Conference selection in cross country, three times for track. … State qualifier for cross country in 209. … Conference champion in 1,600 and 800 meters.
College: USF

Arthur Mapugay, Land O’Lakes
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.40/3.75
Standardized test: 1980 SAT, 27 ACT
Sports: Swimming, track
Notable: Finished in top 1 percent of students in Pasco County School District. … Honor roll all semester. … SAC all-academic award three years. … Captain of swim team. … SAC champion in 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley. … Swimming and tae kwon do for nine years. … Received congressional nomination from congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite.
College: United States Naval Academy

Joshua Winchell, Mitchell
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.16/3.82
Standardized test: 1160 SAT, 26 ACT
Sports: Golf, bowling
Notable: Graduating in top 10 percent of his class, magna cum laude. … 2009 Florida State USBC doubles champion. … 2010 Suncoast USBC City singles runnerup. … 2010 Suncoast USBC City all-events champion. … 2009-10 Suncoast USBC high-average winner. … Chinese martial arts ninth-10th grades. … National Society of High School Scholars.
College: USF

Luke Peterson, Sunlake
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
3.96/3.62
Standardized test: 24 ACT
Sports: Wrestling, weightlifting, football
Notable: Two-time SAC champion for wrestling. … All-SAC first team. … Three-time district runnerup, varsity captain. … National Honor Society. … Class of 2010 top volunteer. … USA Kids wrestling coach.
College: Florida Atlantic

Honorable mention
Thomas Polito, Gulf; Mike Skinner, Gulf; Garret Andrasik, Mitchell; Tyler Hisamoto, Sunlake

Girls Student-Athlete of the Year
Megan Van Etten, Mitchell

Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.25/3.95
Standardized test scores: 1010 SAT, 22 ACT
Sport: Golf
College: Florida Gulf Coast, where she will play varsity golf and follow course work to become a psychologist for juvenile delinquents.
Proudest academic accomplishment: Being ranked among the top 30 in her class. “I’ve taken a lot of hard classes, got A’s on them,” Van Etten said. “All that time finally paid off.” She said she is particularly happy about 11th grade and making it through the gantlet of tough classes taught by Daniel Vanno, Cheryl Moon and Ed Braddy.
Proudest athletic accomplishment: Leading the Mustangs to a state berth in golf. “It’s what we worked for, for four years. We came so close the other years. We finally pulled through.”
Did you know? One benefit to learning from Vanno was Van Etten’s introduction to poetry. She has written roughly 40 poems ranging from golf to family to one about a boy in a wheelchair. She had a poem published in this year’s yearbook entitled Kindness. She plans to continue writing poetry as a hobby.

First team
Brandy Compton, Zephyrhills
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.49/4.00
Standardized test: 28 ACT
Sports: Basketball, swimming, track, cross country
Notable: Valedictorian, “most likely to succeed.” … National Honor Society. … Relay for life volunteer. … Class treasurer. … Academic excellence all-A honor roll. … Sunshine Athletic Conference all-academic award (2008). … SAC honorable mention cross country (2007). ...Varsity for all four sports. … Major will be pre-medical.
College: Florida

Natalie Marenghi, River Ridge
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.20/3.74
Standardized test: 1200 SAT, 28 ACT
Sports: Dance team, weightlifting, cheerleading, track
Notable: Four-time state qualifier for weightlifting, fourth at 2009 state competition. … SAC champion three times. … Ranked 21st in senior class. … Pre-medical major. … Member of third-place brain bowl team. … Honor roll all four years. … National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, French Honor Society.
College: Florida State

Kaylee Canalungo, Sunlake
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.18/3.80
Standardized test: 1130 SAT, 24 ACT
Sports: Volleyball, tennis
Notable: President of the water ski club. … Voted volleyball team’s best hitter, most improved. … Academic all-conference all four years. … Secretary of the National Honor Society. … Student council member.
College: Florida State

Morgan Keppel, Land O’Lakes
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.19/3.82
Standardized test: 28 ACT
Sports: Cross country, weightlifting, track
Notable: Cross country all-conference; state meet her junior and senior years. … First-team all-conference weightlifting, state qualifier. … Ranked 10th in senior class. … National Honor Society, National English Honor Society. … President of the Interact Club. … Cross country and weightlifting captain.
College: Florida

Chelsea Smith, Zephyrhills
Weighted/unweighted GPA:
4.45/4.00
Standardized test: 27 ACT
Sports: Tennis, soccer
Notable: State berth in tennis. … First-team all-conference soccer. … Salutatorian and “most outstanding senior.” … Vice president of the National Honor Society. … President of Interact Club. … Editor of school newspaper.
College: Florida

Honorable mention
Daniely Cruz, Sunlake; Colleen McAuliffe, Gulf; Natalina Argento, Mitchell; Kelsey McCullough, Land O’Lakes

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