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Fri. June 15, 2012 | Times Staff

Chamberlain's Neil MacInnesBerkeley Prep's Jordan Burgess

Boys Student-Athlete of the Year: Neil MacInnes, Chamberlain

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 7.3/3.98

Standardized test scores: 2000 SAT (680 math, 630 reading, 690 writing)

Sports: Football, soccer, track and field

College: Florida

Proudest academic accomplishment: Earning valedictorian honors and extending a proud MacInnes tradition. “My brother (Andrew, Chamberlain Class of 2009) had done it and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Neil said. The astronomical GPA was attained via advanced-placement courses; MacInnes also took a two-period block of classes (business calculus and trigonometry) at Hillsborough Community College for part of his senior year.

Proudest athletic accomplishment: Placing third in the discus — with a school-record throw of 165 feet, 9 inches — at the Class 3A state track meet. “But at the same time,” MacInnes adds, “I cannot say I can look away from the (Hillsborough County) all-star game in football when I hit the 48-yard (field goal). It was pretty awesome.” A three-sport athlete who kicked and punted for the Chiefs and played soccer in the winter, MacInnes made his most indelible athletic mark in the spring. He also ran third leg on the Chiefs’ 4x100-meter relay team that set a school mark (42.61 seconds) en route to a runnerup finish at the county meet.

Did you know? A “B” in Algebra 2 as a freshman was the only blemish on an otherwise straight-A high school academic career. “I just forgot to turn in an assignment or I would’ve had an A,” he said. “And I ended up getting an 88 on the (midterm) exam. I think that was a lesson for me.” … MacInnes says he will study material science engineering at Florida as a precursor to dentistry school, citing his own pediatric dentist as an influence. “I thought it would be cool to have my own private practice like him … and on the weekends I could work on inventing stuff,” he said. … Amid his academic and athletic demands, MacInnes somehow found time to earn Eagle Scout status midway through his junior year.

First team
Clark Glass, Brandon

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 5.44/3.92
Standardized test score: 1140 SAT
Sport: Wrestling
Notable: One of two athletes in Florida history to win five state championships (all in wrestling). … Graduated in top 8 percent of class. … Member of National and Spanish honor societies. … Baylife Church Academy helper. … Provides tutoring to Spanish students.
College: Oklahoma

Corbin Olmstead, Jefferson
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 5.89/3.69
Standardized test score: 28 ACT
Sport: Baseball
Notable: Valedictorian (traditional school). … Member of at least three honor societies. … 4-1, 1.62 ERA, .385 batting average. … All-Saladino Tournament team. … President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Avid (college preparatory group). … Univision Hispanic Academic All-Star. … Logged 144 community service hours including Relay for Life and selling Christmas trees to help finance local youth baseball program.
College: North Florida

Brian Sharp, Robinson
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.80/3.44
Standardized test scores: 1780 SAT (including 700 on math portion)
Sports: Cross country, track
Notable: Finished third at Class 2A state cross country meet as senior. … Runnerup in 3,200 meters at 2A state track meet in May. … Two-time Hillsborough County 3,200 champion. … Honors graduate. … Served 11 years in Boy Scouts, earning Life Scout rank.
College: North Florida

Chris Swanson, Jesuit
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.26/3.90
Standardized test scores: 31 ACT, 1830 SAT
Sport: Swimming
Notable: Two-time winner of Jessie Helfrich Hicks Award as outstanding male swimmer in Hillsborough County. … Three-medal winner at 2011 Class 2A state meet. … Invited to U.S. Olympic Trials next month. … Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. … Member of National Honor Society. … Logged more than 150 community service hours as a senior.
College: Pennsylvania

Patrick Wright, Plant
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 6.16/4.00
Standardized test scores: 30 ACT, 1980 SAT
Sport: Football
Notable: Captain of 2011 state championship team. … Logged 94 tackles as senior. … Second-team defensive lineman on Tampa Bay Times all-Hillsborough County and all-Western Conference American Division squads. … Vice president of Sertoma service club. … Member of National Honor Society, Beta Club (leadership group), Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society). … Counselor at muscular dystrophy camp.
College: Washington and Lee University

Honorable mention
John Phillips, Alex Smith; Armwood: Andrew Eaken; Berkeley Prep: Justin Vogel; Cambridge Christian: Cody Bertoch, Brett Falconer; Chamberlain: Sam Orchard; Freedom: Connor Limburg, Kurt Schaller; Lennard: David Sanders; Leto: Marcial Rivera III; Plant: Ronald Malloy; Plant City: Connor Hurst; Robinson: Benjamin Gross

Girls Student-Athlete of the Year: Jordan Burgess, Berkeley Prep

Unweighted GPA: 4.0

Standardized test scores: 1390 (out of 1600), 2100 (out of 2400) SAT

Sport: Volleyball

College: Stanford

Proudest academic accomplishment: As her 4.0 indicates, Burgess never got a B for the year in any of her classes. She did have to work to the end to pull that off, as she had a B average in math this year at the end of the first semester. “I worked the whole second half to get that back up to an A,” she said. “That was pretty big for me.” Also, as a member of the Cum Laude Society, she ranked in the top 20 percent of Berkeley’s graduating class.

Proudest athletic accomplishment: In January, Burgess became the first player from the state of Florida to win the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award. Of the 11 volleyball award winners that have completed college, seven have gone on to play on the U.S. National Team.

Did you know? Burgess will start her career at Stanford on Aug. 9 and will probably head to the West Coast a few days in advance. Before that, though, she will compete with her club team, Tampa Bay Juniors, at the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Champions in Columbus, Ohio, at the end of this month. Next month, she will travel to the ESPN ESPY awards with the 11 other athletes who were named player of the year in their respective sports.

First team
Mary Green, Academy of the Holy Names

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.89/4.0
Standardized test scores: 1450/2250 SAT, 34 ACT
Sport: Swimming
Notable: Valedictorian. … Member of the two-time state championship freestyle relay team. … AP scholar with distinction. … National merit scholar. … Member of school record-holding 200 and 400 free relay teams. … Editor-in-chief of ACHONA, the school newspaper. …Mu Alpha math honor society. … National Latin honor society. … President of Teen Leadership Council. … Vice president of the student ambassador program.
College: Notre Dame

Katherine King, Robinson
Unweighted GPA: 4.0
Standardized test scores: 1600/2400 SAT, 34 ACT
Sports: Cross country, track, soccer, flag football
Notable: National merit finalist. … AP scholar with distinction. … Principal’s honor roll. … Times' honorable mention all-Hillsborough County track. … Captain of cross country, track, soccer and flag football teams. … First team all-Western Conference for flag football. … Coastal clean-up volunteer.
College: Virginia

Laura Hendee, Plant
Unweighted GPA: 4.0
Standardized test score: 1430 (out of 1600) SAT
Sports: Golf
Notable: Times’ girls golfer of the year. … Second in Class 2A state final. … First at district and region tournaments. … AP scholar with distinction. … Ninth (out of 576) in senior class. … Smith College book award. … Will golf at the University of Miami.
College: Miami

Ellen Scott, Chamberlain
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 5.87/3.7
Standardized test scores: 2000 SAT, 29 ACT
Sport: Softball
Notable: Captain of the Class 7A state champion softball team. … Times' first-team all-county softball. … Founded “Home Plate is Where the Heart is,” a nonprofit that hosts charity softball camps and clinics. … President of the band. … Band director’s award. … NFCA All-America scholar athlete. … Principal’s award. … Top 5 percent in FCAT mathematics. … Social Studies leadership award. … Mu Alpha Theta. … Accepted into Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University, where she will also play softball.
College: Drexel

Molly Harry, Plant
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 6.60/4.0
Standardized test scores: 2120 SAT
Sports: Basketball, track, cross country
Notable: Captain and assists leader for basketball team. … All-around best Lady Panther basketball player. … Member of state champion cross country team. … AP scholar with distinction. … Ranked 12th (out of 576) in senior class. … National Honor Society. … The Order of the Gold and Black. … President of LaSertoa (service club). … Social Studies Honor Society. … Mu Alpha Theta. … Spanish National Honor Society.
College: Florida

Honorable mention
Victoria Leser; Armwood: Jessica Ireland, Brenna McPhee; Brandon: Brianna Northington; Cambridge: Rachel Stephenson, Olivia Yeager; Chamberlain: Andrea Esinhart; Durant: Kaitlin Mosher; East Bay: Jennifer Sickles, Stephanie Williams; Freedom: Kathryn Gresham, Chloe Stokes; Jefferson: Shayla Wilson; Lennard: Saika Viard; Leto: Jennifer Ruiz; Newsome: Liz Haumschild, Jackie Simpson; Robinson: Charlotte Rothschild; Steinbrenner: Cary Anne Bame, Alexis Wright

Joey Knight and Laura Keeley, Times staff writers


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