Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) and One Nevada Credit Union awarded $20,000 in scholarship funds to Nevada student-athletes for the NIAA / One Nevada Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year Awards.
The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year award is given to the Silver State's top high school athletes who exemplify total school and community involvement.
The annual northern Nevada and southern Nevada awards banquets have been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the winners will still be presented with a $1,000 scholarship and special commemorative program at special presentations throughout the state later this month.
"We're proud to celebrate these student-athletes for their outstanding achievements," said Paul Parrish, One Nevada President and CEO. "It's profoundly unfortunate that many student-athletes missed out on their last sports season. Still, we're inspired by their perseverance to continue being outstanding students while giving back to their communities. That's why we're so pleased to award each of them a college scholarship in support of their education journey."
Each school is requested to submit applications for male and female student-athletes. All candidates must be seniors. The general categories of consideration include:
- Scholastic Achievement
(Class rank, grade point averages, number of semesters on the honor roll, number of honors/AP classes taken and ACT/SAT scores)
- Overall Sports Participation
(Number of varsity sports, number of varsity letters and individual and team athletic achievements)
- Other Contributions
(School activities and community service accomplishments)
- A student essay
- Letters of recommendation
The Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year in both Northern and Southern Nevada, as selected by a panel of judges, are then honored and recognized with a $1,000 scholarship from the NIAA and One Nevada Credit Union.
For more information about the student-athlete scholars download the e-book below.
|Northern Nevada Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year|
|Celeste Condie||Fernley High School||Fernley|
|Jesus Gonzalez||West Wendover High School||West Wendover|
|Jefferson Guthrie||Spring Creek High School||Spring Creek|
|Gabriela Haag||Reed High School||Sparks|
|Melissa Lackore||Smith Valley High School||Smith Valley|
|Tommy McCormick||Churchill County High School||Fallon|
|Lauren Muff||Galena High School||Reno|
|Donovan Ratfield||Wooster High School||Reno|
|Ashby Trotter||Churchill County High School||Fallon|
|Drue Worthen||Reno High School||Reno|
|Southern Nevada Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year|
|Taylor Bair||Foothill High School||Henderson|
|Gabriel Belt||Needles High School||Needles, CA|
|Zachary Billot||Spring Valley High School||Las Vegas|
|Russell Bodily||Moapa Valley High School||Overton|
|Ladd Cox||Boulder City High School||Boulder City|
|Jenifer Thanh Do||Spring Valley High School||Las Vegas|
|Nathalie Lagamayo||Virgin Valley High School||Mesquite|
|Grant Odegard||Pahrump Valley High School||Pahrump|
|Vanessa Sanchez||Chaparral High School||Las Vegas|
|Sadie Soderborg||Lincoln County High School||Panaca|