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Leto High School Student Athlete Honored with Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award

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Posted on April 10, 2014

(Tampa, FL) —The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Board is proud to announce that Bryan Lacruz, a senior from Leto High School has received the “March Student Athlete of the Month” award. The mission of the Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award is to celebrate outstanding high school student athletes and coaches throughout Hillsborough County. Bryan was presented with the award as well as a $1,000 check to be donated to the school’s athletic department during a surprise presentation on Wednesday, April 9th at Leto High School.

Aaron Killips, Leto’s soccer coach, nominated Bryan because he is a true example of a committed and hardworking student athlete. He explained that Bryan is an exceptional leader who is looked up to by his teammates. A testament to his leadership capabilities, Bryan was selected as captain of the soccer team and has been a three year varsity starter.

In addition to athletics, Bryan is committed to making a difference in the community. He has volunteered more than 300 hours throughout high school with programs including Toys for Tots and Relay for Life and he also mentors 3rd and 4th grade Hispanic students. Despite his busy schedule, Bryan makes academics his top priority and has maintained an excellent GPA. He plans to attend the University of South Florida after graduation to major in the medical field.

“It was an absolute pleasure to help present the March Award to Bryan. This program was created to honor students who strive to make a difference and he is certainly deserving of the recognition,” says Jackie Coleman, Director of Communications for Vanguard Attorneys. “We look forward to seeing him at the End of the Year Awards Banquet.”

The third annual Swope, Rodante Vanguard End of the Year Awards Banquet is taking place on at The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. More than 100 student athletes, coaches, city officials and members of the Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Committee are expected to attend the celebration. Keynote speaker and co-host of The Ron & Ian Show Ian Beckles will honor the achievements, community involvement and outstanding performances of this year’s nominated student-athletes and coaches. Banquet guests will celebrate an outstanding year over dinner and entertainment. During the event, the committee will announce the two winners of the Coach of the Year Awards, who will receive $1,000 each, and the overall student athlete winner of the Swope, Rodante Vanguard MVP Award, who will receive $500.


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.


  • 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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