Posted: 3:09 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014
By Jodie Wagner
Benjamin’s Riley Burke and Jupiter Christian’s Lindsey Powers were among 24 student-athletes named to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s 2014 Academic All-State team.
The group features eight valedictorians, one salutatorian, 10 three-sport athletes and four four-sport athletes.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a graduating senior, have a cumulative unweighted grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and have earned a varsity letter in at least two different sports during each of his or her junior and senior years.
The members were chosen from among more than 150 qualified candidates at the Association’s 685 member schools, with the honorees selected based on academic record, athletic participation, non-athletic activities, community service and an essay.
Each of the 24 Academic All-State Team members will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the FHSAA and will be celebrated at a June 9 banquet in Gainesville. One male and one female student-athlete from the team will be named Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Recipients of that honor will be announced during the banquet, and the duo will receive additional $3,000 scholarships and a special trophy.
Burke, an Advanced Placement Scholar, Princeton Book Award recipient and Columbia Scholar-Athlete Award winner, carries a 3.9 GPA. She earned varsity letters in basketball and track and field all four years of high school and was a Wendy’s Heisman State Finalist and McDonald’s All-American Nominee. She plans to attend Columbia University to study neuroscience and music.
Powers carries a 3.95 grade point average and is ranked 10th in her class. She earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track and field and is a Pathfinder Sports Nominee, Wendy’s Heisman Candidate and USA Today “The Ultimate Athlete.” She plans to attend Johns Hopkins University.