Schwalb, Tucker named 2010 FHSAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year

GAINESVILLE – Neil Schwalb of Mount Dora High School and Elizabeth Tucker of Bishop Kenny High School (Jacksonville) were named the 2010 FHSAA Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively, at the 16th Annual Florida High School Athletic Association Academic All-State Awards Banquet last night at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.

The two students – among the 24 chosen to the 2010 FHSAA Academic All-State Team – received a $3,000 scholarship and commemorative trophy in addition to the $1,000 award and medallion for being selected to the team. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is generally regarded as the most prestigious award the Association confers upon an active student-athlete.

Schwalb finished his high school career with a 4.0 cumulative unweighted grade point average, third of his 254-member senior class. He earned varsity letters in cross country and soccer all four years of high school, as well as two letters in track & field and one in tennis. Schwalb will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, majoring in engineering.

Schwalb was his senior class vice president and a National Merit Commended Student. He has served as the president of his National Honor Society chapter and is an Eagle Scout. Schwalb is a recipient of the National Association of Secondary Principals' Leadership Scholarship.

Tucker finished her high school career with a 4.0 cumulative unweighted grade point average, valedictorian of her 344-member senior class. She earned varsity letters in basketball and track & field all four years of high school, as well as cross country her junior and senior years. Tucker was a member of the state champion 4x800-meter relay event in track & field all four years of high school. She will attend the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., majoring in pre-law.

Tucker is a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar. She served as her class vice president all four years of high school, and was president of her National Honor Society chapter. She was a Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership ambassador, and was recognized for completing more than 100 hours of community service in each of her freshman, sophomore and senior years.

Last April, 24 student-athletes – 12 boys and 12 girls – were chosen from among more than 230 qualified nominees from the Association’s 668 member high schools as the 2010 FHSAA Academic All-State Team. To be eligible for selection to the team, a student must be a graduating senior, must have a cumulative unweighted grade point average of 3.5 or better, and must have earned a varsity letter in at least two different sports during each of their junior and senior years.

The FHSAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year recognition program began in 1991-92. Since the Academic All-State Team program was initiated during the 1994-95 school year, only those student-athletes who are selected to the team are eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

The 16th Annual Florida High School Athletic Association Academic All-State Awards Banquet was sponsored by the Florida Lottery, Florida Crystals and Wal-Mart.

The Florida High School Athletic Association is the governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida. It has a membership of more than 770 middle, junior and senior high schools.

Past FHSAA Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year
2009 – Andrea Henricks, All Saints' Academy (Winter Haven)
2008 – Katherine Tucker, Bishop Kenny High School (Jacksonville)
2007 – Celeste Thacker, Osceola High School (Kissimmee)
2006 – Kristen Weaver, St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park)
2005 – Christa Bosenberg, Walton (DeFuniak Springs)
2004 – Katherine Booth, Lake Mary
2003 – Revae Green, Tavares
2002 – Courtney Caplin, St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park)
2001 – Becky Tapp, St. Petersburg Catholic
2000 – Lisa Porter, Island Christian (Islamorada)
1999 – Tiffany Walker, Naples
1998 – Deborah Thomas, Stanton (Jacksonville)
1997 – Megan Beck, Lely (Naples)
1996 – Mary Jernigan, Dr. Phillips (Orlando)
1995 – Terri Phelan, Miami Sunset
1994 – Kelly Dillon, Port St. Lucie
1993 – Stephanie Eken, St. Cloud
1992 – Erin Thomas, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)

Past FHSAA Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year
2009 – Denver Barrows, Satellite High School (Satellite Beach)
2008 – T.J. Weaver, St. Johns Country Day School (Orange Park)
2007 – Daniel Bush, Arnold High School (Panama City Beach)
2006 – Jake Mervis, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando)
2005 – Eddie Tabasky, Mainland (Daytona Beach)
2004 – Ryan Truchelut, Trinity Prep (Winter Park)
2003 – Adam Kircher, Maclay (Tallahassee)
2002 – Nick Wilson, Paxon (Jacksonville)
2001 – Bob Ross, Rockledge
2000 – Nick Nestle, Mainland (Daytona Beach)
1999 – Jared Day, Liberty County (Bristol)
1998 – Isaac Morford, Keystone Heights
1997 – Robert Rutland-Brown, Spruce Creek (Port Orange)
1996 – Ethan Altaratz, Naples
1995 – Kevin Campbell, Jupiter
1994 – Grant Thompson, Oak Hall (Gainesville)
1993 – Clint Park, North Florida Christian (Tallahassee)
1992 – Shelby Highsmith Jr., Ransom Everglades (Miami)

Contact:
Laurel Ring
Public Relations Specialist, FHSAA
(352) 372-9551 ext. 350
lring [at] fhsaa [dot] org