FHSAA Announces 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced Monday the 26th Annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team, a recognition program that honors 24 graduating student-athletes who excel in both athletics and academics. With this being one of the most important special recognition programs the FHSAA sponsors, 12 girls and 12 boys from all over the state will be awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships.

“The hardworking men and women of Florida’s dairy industry are honored to recognize the significant accomplishments of these amazing student-athletes,” says Florida Dairy Farmers CEO, Michele Cooper. “We’re excited to support a program that has a great tradition of encouraging excellence on the field and in the classroom and we’re proud to support students that have the special mix of work ethic and determination required to succeed at both.”

To be eligible for this award, students must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average and have earned at least two varsity letters in two or more sports during their junior and senior year. The 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team selection committee received applications from 50 male nominees and 77 female nominees across the state. Each nominee was evaluated by their athletic participation, academic record, extracurricular activities, community service and essay.

Each Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team member will receive a $1,700 scholarship and a commemorative medallion. Out of the 24 All-State Team members, one male and one female will be named the Ronald N. Davis Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the FHSAA’s most prestigious honor bestowed on any active student-athlete. The winners of this award will earn a commemorative trophy and an additional $4,600 in scholarship funds – $6,300 in total.

The members of the 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team are:

Girls

Alexis Dawson, Father Lopez (Daytona Beach) – Alexis Dawson owns a 4.0 GPA and is the valedictorian of her class. She lettered in three sports (cross country, soccer, track and field). Alexis is graduating as the president of the Ambassador Club and the executive director of the Dance Marathon. She is the daughter of Brain and Meg Dawson and plans on studying biomechanical engineering at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill or Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this fall.

Cameron Donadio, Bishop Moore (Orlando) – Cameron Donadio owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top of her class. She earned varsity letters in lacrosse and bowling and was voted captain of the lacrosse team. Cameron was a member of the 2017 State Champion lacrosse team and a two-time US National Tournament team member. She is the daughter of Janet Robison and William Donadio and plans on studying both environmental studies and global affairs at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut this fall.

Carson Clouse, Cape Coral – Carson Clouse owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks second in her senior class. She lettered in three sports (cross country, track and field, lacrosse) for all four years and was named team captain of the lacrosse team. Carson was a member of the IB Ambassadors Program throughout her four years in high school. She is the daughter of Maude Clouse and plans on studying mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts this fall.

Danielle Bansagi, Rutherford (Panama City) – Danielle Bansagi owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top three of her class. She earned varsity letters in tennis and cross country all four years and lettered in soccer for two years. Danielle is graduating as the president of Mu Alpha Theta and has been a school math tutor for all four years. She is the daughter of Angela and Zsolt Bansagi and plans on studying applied mathematics at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey this fall.

Elizabeth LeBlanc, Oviedo– Elizabeth LeBlanc owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top three of her class. She lettered in golf, soccer and tennis all four years of high school. Elizabeth was voted captain for her golf and soccer teams. She is graduating as a National AP Scholar and has over 200 community service hours volunteering with Winter Springs Performing Arts. She is the daughter of Darcy and Matthew LeBlanc and plans on studying biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia this fall.

Emily Horgen, Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens) – Emily Horgen owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks third in her senior class. She lettered in three sports (track and field, soccer, cross country) and was named a National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American in track in 2018 and 2019. Emily is the President of the National Art Honor Society, Chinese Culture Club and the Environmental Club. She is the daughter of Katherine Horgen and plans on studying global affairs at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut this fall.

Megan Hughes, Academy of The Holy Names (Tampa) – Megan Hughes owns a 4.0 GPA and is ranked amongst the top of her senior class. She lettered in three sports (cross country, basketball, track and field) and holds the school record in the 5K, 400M, 800M and 1600M. Megan is the executive director of Cross-Out Cancer. She is the daughter of Kathleen and William Hughes and plans on studying business analytics at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in the fall.

Morgan Emmi, South Fork (Stuart)– Morgan Emmi owns a 3.9 GPA and is in the top of her class. She lettered in three sports (swimming and diving, weightlifting, lacrosse) for all four years and is graduating as the captain of the swimming and diving team and weightlifting team. Morgan is the president of the Green Club at her school where she has received 500 community service hours from beach clean ups. She is the daughter of Karen and Paul Emmi and plans on studying pre-medicine at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida this fall.

Rylee Pustilink, Spanish River (Boca Raton) – Rylee Pustilink owns a 3.98 GPA and is in the top 30 of her class. She lettered in three sports (cross country, track and field, soccer) and holds the school record in the 4x400m relay, 3200m, 1600m, and 5000m. Rylee is a member of multiple honor societies and participated in Dance Marathon all four years of high school.  She is the daughter of Jeff Pustilink and plans on studying veterinary science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida this fall.

Taisa Strouse, Miami Country Day – Taisa Strouse owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top of her class. She lettered in cross country and soccer all four years of high school. Taisa participates in Cancer Walk, Girl Up and Mental Health and Suicide Awareness where she has over 600 community service hours. She is the daughter of Soraya and Charles Strouse and plans on studying industrial and labor relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York this fall.

Trinity Stenger, Merritt Island– Trinity Stenger owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the valedictorian of her class. She has lettered in cross country and tennis all four years. Trinity is graduating as the student body president, the National Honor Society President and the National Hispanic Honor Society President. She is the daughter of John Stenger and Lupe Barrientos. Trinity plans on studying engineering at college this fall.

Victoria Orcutt, Fort Walton Beach – Victoria Orcutt owns a 4.0 GPA, ranks fourth in her senior class and is the National High School Heisman winner. She lettered in four sports (cross country, swimming and diving, track and field, and soccer).  She is an 11-time Florida High School Swimming State Championship medalist and two-time Florida High School Track & Field State Championship medalist. She is the daughter of Teresa and Daniel Orcutt. She is graduating with over 1,000 community service hours and plans on studying pre-law this fall at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Boys

Aiden Williams, Bradenton Christian – Aiden Williams owns a 3.97 GPA and is in the valedictorian of his class. He lettered in baseball for all four years and basketball for two years. Aiden and his brother started a lawn mowing business to fit around their sports schedule. He is graduating as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is the son of Britt and Erin Williams and plans on studying finance at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama this fall.

Chase Wilson, Lecanto – Chase Wilson owns a 3.8 GPA and is in the top of his class. He earned varsity letters in cross country and track for all four years. Chase is graduating as the Student Government Association president and has volunteered over 300 community service hours in Citrus County. He is the son of Trysh and Daniel Wilson and plans on studying medical humanities at Saint Leo University this fall.

Colin Whibbs, Pensacola Catholic – Colin Whibbs owns a 3.96 GPA and is in the top 10 his class. He earned varsity letters in baseball and football and was voted captain of both teams. Colin earned over 100 hours of community service working at youth baseball camps and served as a Student Ambassador for all four years of high school. He is the son of Donovan and Suzanne Whibbs and plans on studying pre-medicine at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama this fall.

Conner Dolan, Forest (Ocala) – Conner Dolan owns a 3.9 GPA and is in the top 30 of his class. He earned varsity letters in lacrosse and football and was captain of both teams. Conner is a part of Health Occupations Students of America, National Honor Society, and Police and Children Communicating. He is the son of Stephanie and Timothy Dolan and plans on studying health sciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida this fall.

William Garcia, All Saints Academy – William Garcia owns a 3.96 GPA and is in the top five of his class. He lettered in three sports (football, lacrosse, basketball) and was voted as captain of the football and lacrosse team two times. William is a member of Uth Impact and National Honor Society. He is the son of Megan and Edward Garcia and plans on studying business at college this fall.

Drew Bernard, Cape Coral – Drew Bernard owns a 3.9 GPA and ranks in the top five of his class. He lettered in three sports (football, basketball, track and field) and was voted captain of the football team. Drew volunteers with Cape Coral Parks and Recreation as a youth flag football coach. He is also the treasurer of the French National Honor Society. He is the son of James and Lora Bernard and plans on studying business at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio this fall.

Kobe Phillips, Freeport – Kobe Phillips owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 10 of his class. He lettered in three sports (football, soccer, track and field) and served as the captain for the football and track and field teams. Kobe served as the president of the Student Government Association for all four years of high school. He is the son of Rian Lyday and Keith Lyday and plans on studying finance at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida this fall.

Logan Alvarez, Miami Southridge – Logan Alvarez owns a 4.0 GPA, ranks second in his senior class and is the National High School Heisman winner. He earned varsity letters in football and track and field, and participates on his school’s Unified Flag Football, Softball and Soccer teams. Logan has spent 900 community service hours volunteering with Special Olympics Unified Sports. He is the son of Jodie English and Eduardo Alvarez and plans on studying pre-law at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida this fall.

Matthew Bryan, Belen Jesuit (Miami) – Matthew Bryan owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 10 of his class. He earned varsity letters in cross country and track and field for all four years and was a member of the three-time State Champion cross country team. Matthew is a two-time National History Bowl Qualifier and president of Running for Greatness. He is the son of Gabriela and Jeffery Bryan and plans on studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia this fall.

Mikal Willeke, Cambridge Christian – Mikal Willeke owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the valedictorian of his class. He lettered in three sports (football, basketball, baseball). Mikal has served as the National Honor Society president and as a Science Honor Society officer. He is the son of Brian and Traiecy Willeke and plans on studying engineering at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York this fall.

Patrick Tucker, Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) – Patrick Tucker owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks third in his senior class. He earned varsity letters in basketball and golf and is graduating as a member of the fourth place 2A golf team. Patrick has over 300 community service hours volunteering with Camp I Am Special for children with special needs. He is graduating as class president and a member of the Latin Club, Interact Service Club and St. Vincent DePaul Service Club. He is the son of John and Julie Turner and plans on studying business at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this fall.

Tyler Myers, Seacrest Country Day (Naples) – Tyler Myers owns a 3.92 GPA and is in the valedictorian of his class. He lettered in three sports (soccer, tennis, golf) and was voted captain of the golf team. Tyler was a Robotics FRC Regional Finalist and qualified for the World Competition. He is the son of Lana and Stephen Myers and plans on studying biology at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina this fall.

 

About Florida Dairy Farmers
Florida Dairy Farmers (FDF) represents the state’s hard-working dairy farming families who provide Floridians with a steady supply of wholesome nutrient-rich milk. FDF’s sponsorship of the Academic All-State Team complements the organization’s long history of supporting Florida’s student-athletes. In its 27th 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.