Vanguard Award Selection Committee is proud to announce that Josh Shears,
a senior from Earl J. Lennard High School, has been selected as the February
Student Athlete of the Month. Vanguard Attorneys, a Florida personal injury
law firm, created the award program to honor the hard-work, drive and
discipline necessary for student athletes to have a positive impact in
athletics, academics and the community. Members of the committee will
present Josh with the award as well as a $1,000 check to be donated to
the school’s athletic department on his behalf during a special
assembly at on Tuesday, March 19th at 9 am Lennard High School located
at 2342 Shell Point Rd E Ruskin, FL 33570.
Kennedy Duran, Lennard’s head baseball coach, explains that Josh
is an outstanding student athlete with a bright future ahead of him. Having
endured the loss of a parent, Josh has handled life’s adversities
with poise and has chosen to focus on the positive. A four-time varsity
letterman, Josh has led the baseball team as captain for three years.
He was also the recipient of the Outstanding Pitcher Award, a true testament
to his athletic ability. When he isn’t excelling on the baseball
field, Josh stays busy giving back to the community. He is a member of
his church’s Youth Group and also helps feed the homeless during
Thanksgiving. Josh is ranked in the top 10 percent in his class and plans
to attend the University of South Florida or Chesapeake College after
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.
For more information on the Vanguard Award, please visitwww.Vanguardattorneys.com/Vanguard-Award.