The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Committee is proud to announce
that Plant City High School senior, Kellyanne Hurst has been selected
as the “December Student Athlete of the Month.” The mission
of The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award is to celebrate outstanding high
school student athletes and coaches throughout Hillsborough County. Members
of the committee, Plant City High School administration and fans plan
to gather to present Kellyanne with the award as well as a $1,000 check
to be donated to the school’s athletic department. The award presentation
will take place prior to a basketball game at 7:30pm on Wednesday, January
22nd at Plant City High School.
Plant City High School’s college and career counselor, Sherrie Mueller,
nominated Kellyanne not only for her athletic ability and academic achievements
but also for her giving nature and exceptional commitment to serving the
local community. As Vice President of the Civenettes, Kellyanne has taken
a lead role in service projects. This past holiday season, she helped
the club adopt two 8-year-old girls and provided them with gifts. Last
year, she played a pivotal role in helping the club collect more than
1,500 pounds of canned goods for those in need.
In addition to making a difference in the community, Kellyanne is an exceptional
student-athlete and has been a true leader throughout high school. She
has kept academics a top priority and is ranked 5th in her class. Recently,
Kellyanne won the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award in recognition
of her exceptional performance in academics, athletics, community service,
good citizenship and leadership.
In 2012, she was recognized as Mid-Florida Junior Golf Tour Player of the
Year. As captain and MVP of the 2013 girl’s golf team, she was named
to the first team All-Western Conference. After graduation, Kellyanne
plans to continue her golf career as a student at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Each month of the school year, The Swope, Rodante 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 Swope, Rodante 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;
- Community involvement;
- Any hardships overcome by the student athlete; and
- Plans for continuing education.