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Plant City Student Athlete Honored during School Morning Show

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Posted on May 24, 2013

Vanguard Award Selection Committee is proud to announce that Plant City High School senior Nicholas Rodriguez received the April Student Athlete of the Month award on May 22, 2013. 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, coaches and Plant City administration gathered to present Nicholas with the award as well as a $1,000 check to be donated to the school’s athletic department on his behalf during the school’s morning show.

Sherrie Mueller, Plant City’s college and career counselor, explained that Nicholas is an extraordinary young man who is a natural leader among his peers. In fact, he was recently recognized with the YEA! Award (Youth Excellence and Achievements) by Hillsborough County for his outstanding leadership and community service. During his senior year, Nicholas was the captain of both the football and baseball teams. He also founded Team ToMarrow, a Relay for Life team which registered 79 potential bone marrow donors and raised $5,000. Next year, Nicholas will attend the University of Florida where he plans to major in engineering.

The second annual Vanguard End of the Year Awards Banquet taking place onThursday, June 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, located at 2117 East 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33615. Over 100 student athletes, coaches, city officials and members of the Vanguard Award Committee are expected to attend the celebration. Keynote speaker and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ryan Nece 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 Vanguard MVP Award, who will receive $500.


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.

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  • 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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