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November Winner Elated to Receive Vanguard Award

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Posted on December 17, 2012

The Vanguard Award Selection Committee was thrilled to present the November Vanguard Award to Leto High School student athlete, Jose Pupo, last Friday, December 14th. 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 selection committee presented Jose with a plaque and a $1,000 check in honor of his outstanding achievements during an award ceremony at Leto High School.

Members of the student body, administrators and teachers gathered in support of Jose who was elated to receive the recognition. After receiving the award, he explained that he was honored to be selected as the November Student Athlete of the Month not only for himself but for his team as well, further exemplifying his selflessness and dedication as a student athlete.

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.


  • 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.

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