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Posted on October 3, 2013

October 3, 2013 (Tampa, FL) —The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Committee is proud to announce that King High School junior, Mercedyz Mitchell has been selected as the “September Student Athlete of the Month.” The mission ofThe Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award is to celebrate outstanding high school student athletes and coaches throughout Hillsborough County. Members of the committee, coaches, teammates and King High School administration plan to gather to present Mercedyz with the award as well as a $1,000 check to be donated to the school’s athletic department during a volleyball game on Tuesday, October 8th at King High School located at 6815 North 56th St. Tampa, FL 33610.

The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Board is comprised of attorneys from Swope, Rodante P.A., Vanguard Attorneys, Tampa Bay business leaders, and educational professionals. Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Vincent Jackson recently joined the selection board. When he’s not competing on the field, Vincent works hard to help residents in the area. In addition to his participation with the award program, he is founder of the non-profit organization, the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation. The foundation facilitates communication among, and support for, deployed military parents and their families. Vincent’s commitment to having a lasting, positive impact is a powerful asset to the Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award program’s overall mission.

September’s “Student Athlete of the Month,” Mercedyz Mitchell is an extraordinary student athlete and natural leader among her peers. She has been a member of the varsity volleyball, basketball and flag football teams since her freshman year and joined the swim team this year. Mercedyz was named to the All County 1st team for flag football in 2011 and the All County 2nd team for volleyball in 2012.

Because of her rigorous athletic schedule, Mercedyz always plays on two sports teams every season. Despite her athletic demands, she still finds time to give back through her community endeavors. In addition to volunteering for youth sports camps and coaching, she also volunteers for the American Cancer Society. Mercedyz plans be a collegiate student athlete and major in sports management after she graduates from high school.

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.

For more information on the Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award or to nominate an outstanding student-athlete please visit


  • 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.

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