Dylan Ryan and Greta Dieck Named 2019 FHSAA Ronald N. Davis Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dylan Ryan and Greta Dieck were named the 2019 FHSAA Ronald N. Davis Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the 25th Annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Banquet, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced Monday. In addition to these award winners, the rest of the 2019 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team were honored at the event.

Dieck and Ryan both maintained impressive 4.0 GPAs while participating in multiple sports. In addition to the several athletic and academic awards each of them have earned, they were also recognized for their performance in activities outside of the classroom and off the court.

“The hardworking men and women of Florida’s dairy industry are honored to recognize the significant accomplishments of Katie and Blake,” Florida Dairy Farmers CEO Michele Cooper said. “They’ve demonstrated a work ethic and drive that is second to none and we’re proud to help them take the next step toward their amazing futures.”

Male-Scholar Athlete of the Year: Dylan Ryan

Dylan Ryan, Lyman (Longwood) – As the valedictorian of Lyman High School, Ryan lettered all four years of his high school career in volleyball and soccer. He was named All-Conference in volleyball during his junior and senior years and named an AAU All-American Award for his performance on his club volleyball team. Ryan is active in student government, as well as several National Honor Societies. During his senior year, Ryan placed first and earned Best in Show for his engineering performance at the Seminole County Science, Math and Engineering Fair. Outside of the classroom, Ryan has earned six Piano Superiors from the National Federation of Music. Dylan plans to study mechanical engineering and play volleyball at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts this fall.

Female-Scholar Athlete of the Year: Greta Dieck

Greta Dieck, Academy of the Holy Names (Tampa) ­– Greta is finishing her high school career with a 4.0 unweighted GPA. She was recognized as the Most Outstanding Runner for two-consecutive years and earned the Heart & Hustle Award for her basketball team. Greta is a Track & Field district champion for the 1600-meter run and the 3200-meter run. Greta is active in several charitable organizations, including Cross Out Cancer, Angels Senior Living and Teens in Action. She was the executive director for Cross Out Cancer during her sophomore and junior years, helping the organization to raise over $160,000 for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Greta has also been recognized for the Dr. Sylvia Richardson Young Woman of Promise Award, as well as the Youth in Philanthropy award. Dieck plans to attend University of California – Berkeley in the fall to pursue studies in political science.

About the Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team

Twelve male and female student-athletes from across Florida were honored for their exemplary achievements at the banquet. The recognition of the Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team is part of the organization’s ongoing mission of building leaders through teamwork, sportsmanship and citizenship. These athletes exemplify all of the values the FHSAA upholds.

The group will be awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships. Each of the 24 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team members will receive a $1,700 scholarship from the FHSAA, with Ryan and Dieck receiving an additional $4,600 for a total of a $6,300 scholarship.

To be eligible for selection to the Academic All-State Team, a student-athlete must be a graduating senior, have a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and have earned a varsity letter in at least two different sports during each of his or her junior and senior years. Members were selected based on academic record, athletic participation, non-athletic activities, community service, and an essay. The members distinguished themselves from 116 qualified nominees attending 700-plus FHSAA member high schools.

The FHSAA is the governing body for high school athletics in Florida, but its mission goes far beyond athletics. To the FHSAA, a student-athlete is most importantly a student first. The Academic All-State Awards Banquet embodies the organization’s commitment to recognizing student-athletes who have shown outstanding dedication not only to athletic excellence but also to academic achievement and service to the community.

2018 Florida Dairy Farmers Female Academic All-State Team

Isabella Allen, Miami Country Day – Isabella owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top five of her class. She lettered in three sports (cross country, soccer, softball) and was voted captain in all three sports. Isabella is graduating as the vice president of her senior class and implemented the “Scaring for Caring” program at the Holtz Children’s Hospital, which allows patients to celebrate Halloween once every three months. She is the daughter of Matt and Lisa Allen and plans on studying engineering at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this fall.

Sophia Bailey, Robinson (Tampa) – Sophia owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 10 of her class. She lettered in flag football and soccer all four years and is a four-time FHSAA state champion in flag football. Sophia was a two-year member of the FHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and represented the FHSAA at the National Student Leadership Summit in Indianapolis. She is the daughter of Karla Bailey and plans on studying chemical engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts this fall.

Peyton Burdette, Lecanto – Peyton owns a 3.8 GPA and is in the top 30 of her class. She lettered in cross country, soccer and track & field and was voted captain in both cross country and soccer. Peyton was a two-year member of the FHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and represented the FHSAA at the National Student Leadership Summit in Indianapolis. She is the daughter of Jeff and Shaunda Burdette and plans on studying both business management & human resources and political science at the University of Florida this fall.

Jenna Byrne, Benjamin (Palm Beach Gardens) – Jenna Byrne owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 25 of her class. She lettered in four sports (lacrosse, cross country, swimming, soccer) and was voted captain of the lacrosse team. Jenna is graduating as the secretary of the Best Buddies and Red Cross club. She is the daughter of William and Elizabeth Byrne and plans on studying engineering at Rutgers University this fall.

Jessica Gangle, Winter Park – Jessica Gangle owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 25 of her class. She lettered in three sports (cross country, water polo, swimming) and was named a NISCA All-American in water polo. Jessica was class president throughout her four years in high school. She is the daughter of Kelley and Jeffrey Gangle and plans on studying psychology at the University of California – Los Angeles this fall.

Campbell Lackey, Cape Coral – Campbell Lackey owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 15 of her class. She lettered in three sports (volleyball, basketball, lacrosse) and has received the coach’s award twice in high school. Campbell is the executive board historian at her school and is very involved within her community. She is the daughter of Todd and Jean Lackey and plans to study Art and Biology at the University of Florida in the fall.

Elise Medlock, Crestview – Elise Medlock owns a 3.96 GPA and is in the top five of her class. She lettered in three sports (soccer, tennis, cross country) and is graduating as the captain of the soccer and tennis team. Elise placed first in Human Growth and Development at the 2019 Health Occupation Students of American (HOSA) Region 1 competition. She is the daughter of Kimberly and Parks Medlock and plans on studying biomedical sciences at the University of West Florida this fall.

Sara Sutton, Melbourne Central Catholic – Sara Sutton owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top five of her class. She lettered in four sports (swimming, cross country, track, tennis) and competed in the 2018 USA Triathlon Olympic Age Group National Championships. Sara participates in youth group and raises money for Dance Marathon, while also playing the piano at an assisted living facility. She is the daughter of Kerry and Cort Sutton and plans on studying chemistry and pre-pharmacology at the University of Florida this fall.  

Haley Wadsworth, Middleburg – Haley Wadsworth owns a 3.96 GPA and is the valedictorian of her class. She lettered in four sports (tennis, weightlifting, volleyball, soccer) and has earned All-County honors in tennis. Haley is the class representative and President of the National Honor Society, BETA National Club and Future Business Leaders of America Club. She is the daughter of Hank and Debbie Wadsworth and will be studying business management and marketing at the University of Florida this fall.  

Madelyn Wilson, North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek) – Madelyn Wilson owns a 4.0 GPA and is second in her class. She lettered in basketball and volleyball and was voted captain on both squads. Madelyn has been an assistant to special need athletes and elementary school children. She is the daughter of Michael and Niki Wilson and plans on study engineering as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar at Vanderbilt University this fall.

Alana Wolfberg, Timber Creek (Orlando) – Alana Wolfberg owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top of her class. She has lettered in four sports (tennis, track, cross country, bowling) and is a five-time FHSAA state champion in tennis (four singles, one doubles). Alana founded a club in the 11th grade called “We Are One,” which promotes inclusion of all students, especially at lunch. She is the daughter of Jeff and Monique Wolfberg and plans on studying pre-medicine at Oklahoma State University in the fall.

2018 Florida Dairy Farmers Male Academic All-State Team

Benjamin Altshuler, North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek) – Benjamin Altshuler owns a 3.89 GPA and is in the top 20 of his class. He lettered in cross country and track all four years. Benjamin designed of a snack bar made just for ocean enthusiasts. He is the son of Tricia and Jeff Altshuler and plans on studying business administration at Emory University in Atlanta, GA this fall.

Davis Finfrock, Winter Park – David Finfrock owns a 4.0 GPA and was second in his class. He lettered in cross country and track and owned the highest GPA on both teams. Davis is the co-founder and president of the Physics Club. He is the son of Jennifer and Bill Finfrock and plans on studying civil engineering at Duke University in Durham, NC this fall.

Travis Freeman, Lakewood Ranch (Brandon) – Travis Freeman owns a 3.89 GPA and is in the top 10 of his class. He lettered in football and soccer, and was voted captain of both teams. He led his football team to the 5A State Final Four twice and finished as State Runner-Up one year as well. Travis enjoys working at youth soccer camps and volunteering across the county. He is the son of Mark and Stacy Freeman and plans on studying pre-dental at the University of Florida this fall.

Nathaniel King, Episcopal (Jacksonville) – Nathaniel King owns a 4.0 GPA and is the valedictorian of his class. He lettered in golf and tennis and finished fourth at the Florida High School Golf State Championships. Nathaniel is a National Merit finalist and visited the Dominican Republic on mission trips three times while in high school. He is the son of Brian and Andree King and plans on studying business economics at the University of California – Los Angeles this fall.

Renier Martinez, Archimedean (Miami) – Renier Martinez owns a 3.83 GPA and is in the top 10 his class. He lettered in basketball and volleyball, the latter of which he was voted captain. Renier was a two-year member of the FHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and represented the FHSAA at the National Student Leadership Summit in Indianapolis. He is the son of Maurilia Rodriguez and Renier Martinez Sr. and plans on studying pre-law at the University of Chicago this fall.

Thomas Rodriguez, Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches) – Thomas Rodriguez owns a 4.0 GPA and ranked in the top five of his class. He lettered in cross country and track and was a two-time Class 2A district champion. Thomas has taken his love for music and has created a website where he critiques albums. He is the son of Raul and Ivonne Rodriguez and plans on studying journalism and economics on a pre-law track at the University of Florida this fall.

Tanner Rosolino, Father Lopez (Daytona Beach) – Tanner Rosolino owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top five of his class. He lettered in three sports (cross country, soccer, track) and will graduate with 10 varsity letters. Tanner is enrolled in five dual-enrollment college courses this school year and is a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. He is the son of Michael and Carrie Rosolino and plans on studying aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall.

Gabriel Tettamanti, Pine School (Hobe Sound) – Gabriel Tettamanti owns a 3.8 GPA and is the valedictorian of his class. He lettered in three sports (cross country, soccer, tennis) and will be graduating as the tennis and soccer captain. Gabriel taught a group of 15 children (Ages 8-14) to play different instruments each summer. He is the son of Anna Marie and Marcelo Tettamanti and plans on studying business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA this fall.

Weston Tew, Crestview – Weston Tew owns a 4.0 GPA and is the valedictorian of his class. He lettered in two sports (football and wrestling) and was a district football champion three times. Weston has documented more than 500 hours of community service and ranked Eagle Scout through Boys Scouts of America. He is the son of Holly and Aaron Tew and plans on studying Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT this fall.

Nicholas Tompkins, First Baptist (Naples) – Nicholas Tompkins owns a 3.9 GPA and is in the top 10 of his class. He lettered in three sports (football, basketball, track) and was named most outstanding male athlete at First Baptist. Nicholas has traveled to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and China to volunteer his time, while also running a youth basketball camp in China. He is the son of Keith and Angela Tompkins and plans on studying history and pre-law at Davidson College in Davidson, NC this fall.

Chase Trinklein, All Saints Academy (Winter Haven) – Chase Trinklein owns a 3.85 GPA and is in the top 20 percent of his class. He lettered in football and lacrosse and was voted captain of both teams. Chase won the All Saints Academy Service Award twice in high school. He is the son of Steve and Kimberly Trinklein and plans on studying biomedical studies at the University of South Florida this fall.

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About Florida Dairy Farmers

Florida Dairy Farmers (FDF) is Florida’s milk promotion organization, representing more than 100 dairy farming families who work every day to provide a steady supply of wholesome milk. FDF’s sponsorship of the Academic All-State Team compliments the organization’s long history of supporting Florida’s student athletes. In its 25th year of sponsoring the Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards program, FDF also honors the state’s top athletes and coaches in all FHSAA sanctioned sports.

About the FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.

 

 

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