The Vanguard Award Selection Committee was thrilled to present the December
Vanguard Award to Plant High School student athlete, Caroline Gibson,
this morning, January 23rd. 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. Gibson was honored during a
special assembly which included the Vanguard Award Presentation and a
Safety Presentation put on by the Tampa Police Department.
Gibson, a Plant High School Senior, was nominated by Plant High College
and Career Counselor, Ms. Erin Grady. Ms. Grady selected Caroline to participate
as a Board Member for Plant’s PEERS Mentoring Program—a program
which matches successful 11th and 12th graders with every 9th grade student
entering the school in order to help students with the transition from
junior high to high school. In explaining why she selected Gibson to serve
on PEERS board, Grady explains, “she has so much enthusiasm for
the program and truly cares about the students.” Gibson is also
a standout athlete on Plant’s cross country and track teams and
volunteers at The Human Society of Tampa and The Children’s Cancer Center.
Members of the Vanguard Award selection committee honored Caroline in an
overflowing gymnasium packed with over a thousand Plant High School students,
teachers and administrators cheering her on. Caroline received a plaque
and a $1,000 check in recognition of her outstanding achievements. The
poised student athlete was delighted to receive the recognition and took
time after the ceremony to thank the members of the committee and to discuss
her future college 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.
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.