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Each year, Pensacola Sports brings together the top senior student-athletes in each sport from Escambia and Santa Rosa County schools for a dinner and scholarship recognition program. The 2017 Annual Sr. Scholar Athlete Banquet had a record of 227 senior nominees and over 700 total people in attendance last night at Olive Baptist Church for the 38th Annual Sr. Scholar Athlete Banquet Presented by Sacred Heart Health System.
“Our community is fortunate to have so many outstanding students. These students don’t just “balance” everything from athletics, academics, social life, volunteer hours and family, but they excel in everything they are part of,” said Cindi Bonner, Pensacola Sports Foundation Chairperson. “After 38 years, the Pensacola Sports Foundation continues to recognize the best of the best at our Senior Scholars Banquet. The accomplishments from each students during their High School careers left me dumbfounded as to when they possibly have time to manage it all, while continuing to maintain nearly perfect grades and test scores.”
Madelyn Dimitroff and Carl Gindl, both from Catholic, won the overall female and male scholarships, respectively. The Pensacola Sports Foundation awarded these two individuals each with a $4,000 scholarship. Other awardees were Tanner Kukes from Catholic (University of West Florida Scholarship), Autumn Albritton from Northview and Brennan Lynn from West Florida (Gary McAdams Memorial Scholarship), Heather Kling from Pace High School and Clay Leonard from Escambia (Whataburger Books Scholarship), Geneva Anderson from West Florida (Dr. Alec Kessler Memorial Scholarship), Logan Green from Gulf Breeze and Richard Fisher from Pace( Papa Jay Memorial Scholarship) and Jerry “Hook” Henderson, Catholic High and FSU Football, won the RADM Kenneth L Shugart Jr. Award for his service and dedication to the community, sports, and youth.
Additionally, Pensacola State College awarded 24 individual sport winners with a scholarship.
The individual sport winners are:
Baseball Brennan Vasquez Milton High School
Girls Basketball Maddie McCurdy Gulf Breeze
Boys Basketball John Christopher Carrel Pensacola Catholic
Cheerleading Alexis Wilson Tate
Boys Cross Country Austin Epstein Navarre
Girls Cross Country Haley Kling Pace
Football Tristan Covell Gulf Breeze
Girls Golf Katrina Boteler Pace
Boys Golf Brian Richards Gulf Breeze
Boys Lacrosse William Heaney Washington
Girls Lacrosse Michaele Dunne Gulf Breeze
Boys Soccer Joe Estes Tate
Girls Soccer Emily Madril Navarre
Softball Destiny Herring Jay
Boys Swimming Jacob Chambers Milton
Girls Swimming Monet Mendez Pensacola High
Boys Tennis Reed Taylor Pensacola Catholic
Girls Tennis Madison Mougey Pensacola Catholic
Boys Track Charles Orth Navarre
Girls Track Jorja Agrait Jay
Volleyball Jordan Taylor Gulf Breeze
Boys Weightlifting Antonio Gibson Pace
Girls Weightlifting Savannah Diel Navarre
Wrestling LeLand Knoch Pace
Schools in both Escambia and Santa Rosa nominate their senior athletes for each sport and submit the paperwork to Pensacola Sports. A selection committee made of educators, community leaders, and Pensacola Sports board members reviews the anonymous applications and select the best person’s credentials for each sport. Those are the individual sport winners. Then they select the overall male and female winners from the individual sport winners.
For more information on the Sr. Scholar Athlete Banquet, how to get involved, or to support next year’s event, contact Pensacola Sports at 850-434-2800.