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. 213 seniors, over 750 total people, were in attendance last night at Olive Baptist Church for the 37th Annual Sr. Scholar Athlete Banquet Presented by Sacred Heart Health System.
Tori Bindi from Gulf Breeze High and Nathan Andreo from Pace 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 Callan Taylor from Navarre (University of West Florida Scholarship), Kaci VanVoorhis from Pace and Cortavis Watts from Washington (Gary McAdams Memorial Scholarship), Trace Penton from Tate and Eliza Eligio from Pensacola High (Whataburger Scholarship), Chloe Dawson from Milton (Dr. Alec Kessler Memorial Scholarship), and Jerry Pollard, Pine Forest football coach and athletic director, won the RADM Kenneth L Shugart Jr. Award for his service and dedication to the community, sports, and youth.
Additionally, Pensacola State College awarded each individual sport winner with a scholarship. Newly added this year are scholarships awarded for both men’s and women’s lacrosse.
The individual sport winners are:
Baseball Evan Floyd Pensacola Catholic
Girls Basketball Faithe Franklin West Florida
Boys Basketball Bradley Proctor Gulf Breeze
Cheerleading Brooke Vincent Tate
Boys Cross Country Mitchell Brooks West Florida
Girls Cross Country Jennifer Sublett West Florida
Football Michael Sandle Navarre
Girls Golf Abigail Herrmann Pensacola Catholic
Boys Golf Michael Mann Pensacola Catholic
Boys Lacrosse Hayden Broussard Pensacola Catholic
Girls Lacrosse Brianna Sekul Gulf Breeze
Boys Soccer Eric Masterson Pensacola Catholic
Girls Soccer Gabrielle Dosev Pensacola Catholic
Softball Callan Taylor Navarre
Boys Swimming Michael Johnson Pensacola High
Girls Swimming Peyton Parra Washington
Boys Tennis Daniell Sullivan Pensacola Catholic
Girls Tennis Emily Dawson Washington
Boys Track Javen Jackson West Florida Tech
Girls Track Lynn Arthur West Florida Tech
Volleyball Kiley Brady Pensacola Catholic
Boys Weightlifting Adrian Acevedo Pace
Girls Weightlifting Olivia Brahms Navarre
Wrestling Travis Thompson Pace
The schools 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.