The Florida High School Athletic Association held a banquet Monday night in Gainesville to announce the 24 members of its academic all-state team. Three student-athletes from the Tampa Bay area were among the 24 selected: Jimmy Briggs of St. Petersburg Catholic, Andrea Esinhart of Chamberlain and Neil MacInnes of Chamberlain.
Briggs was a three-sport athlete for the Barons (football, soccer, track and field) and was captain of each team he played on. He graduated third in his class with a 3.95 GPA and plans to major in engineering at Central Florida.
Esinhart lettered in golf, soccer and track and field for the Chiefs. She was also a member of the concert choir for four years. Some of the clubs she belonged to included the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Esinhart will attend Florida to study nursing.
MacInnes lettered in football, soccer and track and field and was also in the marching band. He finished first in his class and had a course load that included 15 AP courses. He will also attend Florida, where he plans to major in materials science and engineering as a precursor to dental school.
The FHSAA names 12 boys and 12 girls to its academic team each year. It also named a male and female scholar-athlete of the year. This year’s winners were Stephen Gibbs (4.0 GPA; soccer, swimming, track) of Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley High School and Katherine Stone (4.82 weighted GPA; track, swimming and soccer) of Fort Walton Beach High School.