Posted: 8:00 am Friday, June 20th, 2014

Palm Beach Post 2014 All-Academic team 

By Jodie Wagner

Palm Beach Post 2014 All-Academic team

Palm Beach Post 2014 All-Academic team


See the full Palm Beach Post 2014 team after the jump.

The 2014 team as chosen by their respective schools (see full note about selection and photos at the end):

ATLANTIC — Justin Cohen. As a member of the Eagles’ bowling team, he averaged 179 as a senior last season. He also graduated eighth out of a class of 437, carrying a GPA of 3.93. He will attend the University of Florida.

BENJAMIN — Riley Burke. A two-sport athlete who excelled at basketball and track and field, she also is an accomplished musician and top student who graduated as her class’ valedictorian. She won an FIAAA Mandy Marie Stoll Scholarship Award and Sam Budnyk Scholar-Athlete of the Year scholarship, and also was named an FHSAA Academic All-Star. She will attend Columbia University.

BOCA PREP INTERNATIONAL — Anna Maldonado. A three-year member of the school’s soccer academy and Team Boca Soccer Club captain, she also was the salutatorian of her senior class and vice president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter. She will play soccer at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

BOCA RATON — Olivia Nicholson. A multiple state qualifier in cross-country and track, she also carried a 3.82 GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction and the school’s AP U.S. History Student of the Year. She plans to run cross-country at Tufts University.

BOCA RATON CHRISTIAN — John White. A three-year starter and captain of the school’s football and basketball teams, he also won the Sportsmanship Award for football and basketball, maintained a 3.98 GPA and was named the school’s Outstanding Chemistry and Pre-Calculus Student of the Year. He will attend Southeastern University in Lakeland.

BOYNTON BEACH — Romaine Smith. A starting lineman for the Tigers’ varsity football team in 2013, the junior also won an Underclassmen Academic Award and maintained a 3.72 GPA. He is ranked 25th in his class of 390 and is enrolled in the school’s Aerospace Science Academy.

CARDINAL NEWMAN — Collin Grill. A district champion in track, football and basketball, he is a two-time winner of the school’s Father Farrell Award, which is given to a senior starter on the football team who has a minimum GPA of 3.0 and displays an excellent attitude and good conduct. He also was a Lou Groza Sportsmanship Award winner. He maintained a 3.55 GPA and will attend the University of Florida.

DREYFOOS — Jenna Meyers-Sinett. A three-time state competitor in the pole vault, she also is the only girl to play varsity boys basketball for the Jaguars after making the team as a sophomore. She carried a 3.9 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society, National History Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She is a walk-on recruit in track for North Florida.

DWYER — Alex Pallo. A four-year captain of the Panthers’ girls varsity soccer team, she also was a member of the school’s National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and National English Honor Society. An International Baccalaureate student, she carried a 3.9 GPA and ranked fourth in her class. She will attend the University of Georgia.

FOREST HILL — Julie Suarez. A regional champion and state qualifier in swimming, she also is involved in student government and carries a 3.5 GPA. She will attend the University of Miami on a swimming scholarship.

GLADES DAY — Lizzee Lohmann. A volleyball, soccer and softball player for the Gators, she also was a Pathfinder Scholarship Award nominee for Community Involvement, an AP Literature and Composition and AP Macroeconomics Award winner and the salutatorian of her senior class. She will attend the University of Florida.

GRANDVIEW PREP — Mitchell Posk. A state qualifier in swimming who also played tennis and golf for the Pride, he balanced a rigorous academic program with student government and athletics. The valedictorian of his senior class, Posk was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society and also won a Harvard College Book Award as a junior. He will attend the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

JOHN I. LEONARD — Paula Grisales. A three-year varsity swimmer and girls lacrosse player who served as captain of both squads, she received her school’s Top Scholar Athlete Award and a sportsmanship medal for swimming. She also carried a 3.93 GPA and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Medical Honor Society. She will attend the University of Central Florida.

JUPITER — Emily Silverberg. A state qualifier in bowling, she also maintained a 3.98 GPA, served as vice president of her senior class and was a member of the National Honor Society and National English, Math, Science and Social Studies Honor societies. She will attend the University of Florida.

JUPITER CHRISTIAN — Lindsey Powers. A three-sport athlete who competed in volleyball, basketball and track and field, she won an FIAAA Mandy Marie Stoll Scholarship Award and the USA Today Ultimate Athlete Award, and also was named an FHSAA Academic All-Star. She carried a 3.95 GPA and plans to study pre-medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

THE KING’S ACADEMY — Garrett Larson. A standout running back and linebacker for the Lions’ football team, he also lettered in lacrosse and track and field. He maintained a 4.25 honors-point average, logged 422 community service hours and earned a spot on the school’s Principal’s List. He will play football this fall at Davidson (N.C.) College.

LAKE WORTH CHRISTIAN — Missy Reid. A two-time state champion in volleyball who also lettered in cheerleading and tennis, she maintained a 3.8 GPA, graduated sixth in her class and was a member of the school’s National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She will attend Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.

OLYMPIC HEIGHTS — Laurence Kosoy. A two-time regional and county-champion wrestler who was the state runner-up last season, the sophomore also maintained a 3.89 GPA and currently ranks fourth in his class.

OXBRIDGE ACADEMY — Andre Bigos. A swimmer, volleyball and soccer player for the Thunderwolves, he also is a National Merit Commended Scholar, an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Pathfinder Scholarship Award nominee. He won the school’s Academic Scholar and Mathematics Department Awards and maintained a 4.36 honors-point average. He will attend the University of Florida.

PALM BEACH CENTRAL — Michelle Trak. A four-year varsity tennis player and cross-country state finalist, she also maintained a 3.98 GPA, earned AP Scholar with Distinction and AP Scholar with Honor awards and was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and National History Honor Society. She will attend the University of Florida.

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Logan Green. A two-sport athlete for the Gators who was captain of the school’s flag football and volleyball teams, she also carried a 4.0 GPA and was the salutatorian of her senior class. She was named the CW & BB&T Scholar Athlete of the Year last fall and also was president of the school’s National Honor Society. She will attend the University of Florida.

PALM BEACH LAKES — Gina Louis. A state qualifier in track who finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles this spring, she also was named the school’s Athlete of the Year for three straight years, graduated 10th in her class of 386 and maintained a 3.9 honors-point average. She will attend the University of Florida.

PARK VISTA — Michelle Klein. A first-team all-county volleyball player and track athlete for the Cobras, she also carried a 4.0 GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society and Math Honor Society and won the school’s Scholar-Athlete Award four years in a row. She will attend Elon (N.C.) University on a volleyball scholarship.

POPE JOHN PAUL II — Sofia Pack. An all-county soccer and lacrosse player who also was active in student government, she was a Sam Budnyk Scholar-Athlete Award nominee, earned Pope John Paul Female Scholar-Athlete and U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete awards and was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She will attend Florida State University.

SANTALUCES — Radi Sauro. A state medalist in golf who was named to the all-county team in 2010-2012, she also is a top student, National Honor Society member and recipient of the Ed Ficker Sportsmanship Award. She plans to play golf at Dartmouth College.

ST. ANDREW’S — William Leas. A two-sport athlete who played football and lacrosse for the Scots, he also was student body president, a Scots Ambassador, Round Square Ambassador and a member of Junior Achievement. He was named a 2014 Lacrosse Academic All-American and carried a 4.25 honors-point average. He will attend the University of Virginia.

SEMINOLE RIDGE — Danielle Livingstone. A state qualifier in track and a weightlifter for the Hawks, she also carried a 3.80 GPA, was a member of the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society and participated in the school’s Biotechology Academy. She will attend Georgia State University.

SPANISH RIVER — Jessica Rose. A three-sport athlete and senior class valedictorian, she also was a National Merit Scholar Finalist and National AP Scholar, a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Nominee and a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and French, Science and Psychology Honor societies. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania.

SUNCOAST — Lauren Ballard. An all-conference swimmer who also was captain of the Chargers’ water polo team, she maintained a 3.90 GPA, won AP Scholar and National Spanish Exam Bronze awards and was Editor in Chief of the school’s yearbook. She will attend Auburn University.

WELLINGTON — Brianna Gonzalez. A four-year varsity softball player and team captain, she also ranked ninth in her senior class, earned an AP Scholar Award and was a member of the National Honor Society and Chemistry Honor Society. She accumulated over 700 hours of community service and will attend the University of South Florida.

WEST BOCA — Kelli Wise. A three-time state qualifier in weightlifting and captain of the Bulls’ volleyball and flag football teams, she also carried a 3.83 GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society and HOSA and served as senior class president. She has accepted a full scholarship to the United States Naval Academy.


HOW THE TEAM WAS SELECTED

Students on the All-Academic teams were chosen by their respective schools. Each high school was asked to nominate just one student-athlete. The student-athletes needed to have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and competed in at least one varsity sport during the 2013-14 school year. Schools were asked to submit a photo and bio of each nominee. Schools that do not have athletes listed either did not have students that met the criteria or did not submit nominations.

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