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North Suncoast all-academic boys team

All-academic team

Boys Student-Athlete of the Year

Ben Noury, Springstead

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.24/3.93

Standardized test score: 1190 SAT, 24 ACT

Sports: Football (four years), basketball (four years), baseball (two years), track (two years)

College: Brown University

Proudest academic accomplishment: Being named to the National Honor Society and being honored at the recent Hernando County Chamber of Commerce banquet as part of the top 3 percent of the county's graduating seniors.

Proudest athletic accomplishment: Earning the opportunity to play football at the collegiate level — in his native New England, no less. Noury, born in New Hampshire, earned a full academic ride to Brown (located in Rhode Island) and is projected to play safety. … At a recent Times photo shoot, he also wore the silver medal he received as part of Springstead's 2009 Class 4A runnerup boys basketball team.

Other feats: Graduated fifth in his class. … Established an Eagles season record with 37 receptions (for 557 yards) last year. Also ran for 357 yards, registered 63 tackles and had three interceptions. … A member of Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Last class in which he earned lower than a B: None

Did you know? Noury actually is a five-sport standout. He's passionate about lacrosse and competes for a Tampa Bay-area travel team. … Raised by a single mom, Noury's household includes a younger adoptive sibling and two special-needs men for whom his mother, Michele, has cared many years. … Noury is Springstead's reigning prom king. … Somehow, Noury has carved out time to work for a landscaping business and wash dishes at a local breakfast eatery.

First team

Mike Ogren, Central

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.39/3.92

Standardized test score: 1430 SAT

Sports: Baseball, soccer

Notable: Commanding officer in Central's NJROTC program. National Merit Scholarship winner. Florida Boys State delegate. Races Volkswagens on local three-eighths-mile circle tracks.

College: Central Florida

Eli Escobar, Sunlake

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.01/3.7

Standardized test score: 30 ACT

Sports: Basketball, football, tennis

Notable: All-Sunshine Athletic Conference pick in basketball, football and tennis. Winner of Charles Rusche Memorial Scholarship. Volunteer at Lifepath Hospice, Metropolitan Ministries, Habitat for Humanity and Sunlake.

College: South Florida

Andrew Stagner, Ridgewood

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.55/3.97

Standardized test score: 25 ACT

Sports: Football, track

Notable: Valedictorian. Florida Medallion Scholar. President of student government. National Honor Society. Has logged 120 hours of community service.

College: Central Florida

Shea Taylor, Mitchell

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.48/4.0

Standardized test scores: 33 ACT, 1380 SAT

Sports: Wrestling, weightlifting

Notable: Straight As throughout high school. USF and UCF Presidential Scholar. First place in 2009 school science fair. First place in 2006 Florida State Poets competition. On team that placed fifth in international Odyssey of the Mind competition.

College: Central Florida

Carl Ferrante-Gennaro, Zephyrhills

Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.39/4.0

Standardized test score: 1270 SAT

Sports: Golf, basketball, baseball

Notable: Salutatorian. Four consecutive years on straight-A honor roll. Vice president of National Honor Society. President of French Honor Society.

College: South Florida

Honorable mention

Hudson: Steven Brom, Hunter Newton; Land O'Lakes: Felix Soto, Alex Spock; Pasco: Zack Faza; Sunlake: Eric Price; Ridgewood: Alvin Satram; River Ridge: Matt Sheets; Wesley Chapel: Jordan Mitchell; Zephyrhills: Anthony Pritchard

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