February 8, 2013 (Tampa, FL) —The Vanguard Award Selection Committee
was thrilled to present the January Vanguard Award to Strawberry Crest
High School student athlete, Mazeed Aro-Lambo, on Wednesday, February
6th. Vanguard Attorneys, a Florida personal injury law firm, created the
award program in recognition of the hard-work, drive and discipline necessary
for student athletes to have a positive impact in athletics, academics
and the community. Aro-Lambo was honored during the Strawberry Crest morning
show which airs daily and is broadcasted to students, teachers and faculty.
Scott Vomacka, Strawberry Crest’s head soccer coach, nominated Aro-Lambo
because, despite facing adversity, he has been able to succeed and make
a positive impact in the community. A beaming Coach Vomacka attended the
presentation along with Strawberry Crest’s IB program coordinator,
Tiffany Ewell. Ewell was proud to explain that Aro-Lambo is a member of
the IB program, a rigorous and academically demanding course of study
that allows high school students to earn college credits.
Aro-Lambo is currently ranked 6th in Strawberry Crest’s first graduating
IB Class and plans to attend Northwestern University on a full academic
scholarship. He was incredibly grateful to receive the award and took
some time after the ceremony to share his experiences in the IB program
and continuing education plans.
ABOUT THE VANGUARD AWARD
The mission of the Vanguard Award is to celebrate the outstanding achievements
of local student athletes. These students provide a strong example for
fellow peers and positively impact the school system as a whole.
Each month of the school year, The Vanguard Award Selection Committee recognizes
the “Student Athlete of the Month.” The winning student receives
an award recognizing his/her achievements as well as a $1,000 check that
is donated to their school’s athletic department in honor of their
outstanding performance. Student Athletes of the Month are also eligible
to be named the overall “Student Athlete MVP” at the end of
the year and receive a check that is applied towards their college tuition.
The Vanguard Award also recognizes outstanding coaches. At the end of each
school year, two coaches – one male and one female coach –are
recognized for their remarkable contributions, both on and off the field.
Each Coach of the Year is presented with $1,000 as a way of thanking them
for their commitment to making a positive impact in the community.
For more information on the Vanguard Award, visit
REQUIREMENTS FOR NOMINATED STUDENTS
- The student athlete’s name and year (juniors and seniors only);
- Current overall GPA (GPA of 3.0 or above);
- Sport and athletic achievements (open to student athletes who compete in
their nominated sport during the nomination month or the previous month
– for example, the April Vanguard Award will consider student athletes
who compete in March or April);
- Community involvement;
- Any hardships overcome by the student athlete; and
- Plans for continuing education.