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Aidan Williams and Victoria Orcutt Named Ronald N. Davis Scholar-Athlete of the Year

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Aidan Williams and Victoria Orcutt were named the 2020 FHSAA Ronald N. Davis Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Williams and Orcutt both maintained impressive GPA’s while participating in multiple sports. They each performed extensive amounts of community service and were recognized for many athletic and academic awards.

“The hardworking men and women of Florida’s dairy industry are honored to recognize the significant accomplishments of Aidan and Victoria,” 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: Aidan Williams

Aidan Williams, Bradenton Christian – Aiden Williams owns a 3.97 GPA and is in the valedictorian of his class at Bradenton Christian School. The AP Scholar with Distinction has also earned the President’s Education Award, Furman Scholar Award, and the Yale Book Award.  In his senior year, the Bradenton Herald named him a Golden Herald Award Nominee for his outstanding service in the area of mathematics.  He lettered in baseball for all four years and basketball for two years. In his freshman year, he received the Hustle Award for basketball and was named the Breakout Player of the Year for baseball his sophomore year.  Aiden and his brother started a lawn mowing business to fit around their sports schedule. In his spare time, Aiden volunteers with Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida.  He is the son of Britt and Erin Williams and plans on studying finance at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama this fall.

 

Female-Scholar Athlete of the Year: Victoria Orcutt

Victoria Orcutt, Fort Walton Beach – Victoria Orcutt owns a 4.0 GPA, ranks fourth in her senior class at Fort Walton Beach High School and is the National High School Heisman winner. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction and Hugh O’Brien Youth Academic All-Star.  She lettered in four sports (cross country, swimming and diving, track and field, and soccer).  The Northwest Florida Daily News Swimmer of the Year is a 10-time Florida High School Swimming State Championship medalist and two-time Florida High School Track & Field State Championship medalist. She is graduating with over 1,200 community service hours and received the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Medal in her junior and senior year. She is the daughter of Teresa and Daniel Orcutt and plans on studying pre-law this fall at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

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 Williams and Orcutt 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 127 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 Florida Dairy Famers 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.

2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team

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. Logan earned the Dr. Lawrence Feldman Top Scholar Award his junior year and the Dr. Lubby Navarro Academic Excellence Award his sophomore year.  He has earned varsity letters in football and track and field, and participates on his school’s Unified Flag Football, Softball and Soccer teams. In his senior year, Logan was named a Miami Herald Silver Knight Nominee for Athletics.  Logan has spent 900 community service hours volunteering with Special Olympics Unified Sports. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Logan and his sister created a Unified Generation 54 platform to keep the Special Olympics athletes and the Unified Partners together during these isolated times. He is the son of Jodie English and Eduardo Alvarez and plans on studying pre-law at Florida International University in Miami, Florida this fall.

Danielle Bansagi, Rutherford (Panama City) - Danielle Bansagi owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top three of her class at Rutherford High School. In her senior year, Danielle was named a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction her junior year.  She earned varsity letters in tennis and cross country all four years and lettered in soccer for two years. Danielle was a state qualifier for the Florida High School Tennis State Championships her junior year and she qualified for the Cross Country Regional Championships her freshmen and senior year.  Danielle is graduating as the president of Mu Alpha Theta and has been a school math tutor for all four years. Last summer, she worked as a research intern at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. She is the daughter of Angela and Zsolt Bansagi and plans on studying mathematics and economics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina this fall.

Drew Bernard, Cape Coral - Drew Bernard owns a 3.93 GPA and ranks in the top twenty of his class at Cape Coral High School. The Fort Myers Rotary Club awarded him the Sam Sirianni Scholar-Athlete Award his senior year.  He lettered in three sports (football, basketball, track and field) and was voted captain of the football team. Drew received an FACA All-Area Honorable Mention his junior year and was selected to the FACA All-Area First Team his senior year. Drew volunteers with Cape Coral Parks and Recreation as a youth flag football coach. He is the son of James and Lora Bernard and plans on studying economics at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio this fall.

Matthew Bryan, Belen Jesuit (Miami) - Matthew Bryan owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 10 of his class at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. In his junior year, Matthew was awarded the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award by the University of Rochester.  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. In his sophomore and senior year, Matthew was named to the Miami Herald’s All-County Second Team for Cross Country. 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 engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York this fall.

Carson Clouse, Cape Coral - Carson Clouse owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks second in her senior class at Cape Coral High School.  She has been a Ben Carson Scholar since fifth grade and was named a Lee County News-Press Academic All-Star her senior year.  She lettered in three sports (cross country, track and field, lacrosse) for all four years and was named team captain of the lacrosse team. In her senior year, Carson placed third in the 3200m relay at Naples High School’s 36th Annual Eagle Invite.  Carson was a member of the IB Ambassadors Program throughout her four years in high school. She is the daughter of Maude and Craig Clouse and plans on studying mechanical engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida this fall.

Alexis Dawson, Father Lopez (Daytona Beach) - Alexis Dawson owns a 4.0 GPA and is the valedictorian of her class at Father Lopez Catholic High School. In her junior year, Alexis was named an AP Scholar with Distinction.  She lettered in three sports (cross country, soccer, track and field). Every year since her sophomore year, Alexis has qualified for the Florida High School Cross Country State Championship and Florida High School Track and Field State Championship.  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 bioengineering at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina this fall.

Conner Dolan, Forest (Ocala) - Conner Dolan owns a 3.9 GPA and is in the top 40 of his class at Forest High School. In his junior year, Conner became a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant and in senior year, he became an Electrocardiogram Technician.  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 leaving high school with an entire year of college completed.  He is the son of Stephanie and Timothy Dolan and plans on studying nursing at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida this fall.

Cameron Donadio, Bishop Moore (Orlando) - Cameron Donadio owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top of her class at Bishop More Catholic High School. In her junior year, Cameron was named an Academic All-American by US Lacrosse.  She earned varsity letters in lacrosse and bowling and was voted captain of the lacrosse team. In her junior and sophomore year, Cameron was named an All-American by US Lacrosse and selected to the Orlando Sentinel’s All-Area First Team for Lacrosse.  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 global affairs at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut this fall.

Morgan Emmi, South Fork (Stuart) - Morgan Emmi owns a 3.9 GPA and is in the top of her class at South Fork High School. During her time at the South Fork High School, Morgan completed the Certified Nursing Assistant Program and the Certified Veterinary Assistant Program.  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 a two-time qualifier for the Regional Swimming Championships and Regional Weightlifting Championships. 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 University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida this fall.

William Garcia, All Saints Academy (Winter Haven) - William Garcia owns a 3.96 GPA and ranks third in his class at All Saints Academy. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and was named to the All-County Academic Team by The Ledger his senior year.  He lettered in three sports (football, lacrosse, basketball) and was voted as captain of the football and lacrosse team two times. In his sophomore and junior year, William was named to The Ledger’s Lacrosse All-County First Team and received a Football All-County Honorable Mention by The Ledger his senior year.  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 University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this fall.

Emily Horgen, The Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens) - Emily Horgen owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks fourth in her senior class at The Benjamin School. She is a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction.  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. During her high school athletics career, Emily was named to the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s First Team for Track and received Honorable Mentions for both Soccer and Cross Country.  Emily is the President of the National Art Honor Society, Chinese Culture Club, and the Environmental Club. In her junior year, Emily awarded a $7,500 grant from the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation in Hong Kong and in her senior year, she was selected for the Scripps Research Internship to study biotechnology, ribosomes, and cancer research. 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 the valedictorian of the Academy of the Holy Names. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor and was awarded the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award her junior year. She lettered in three sports (cross country, basketball, track and field) and holds the school record in the 5K, 400M, 800M and 1600M. She medaled at the Florida High School Cross Country State Championships her junior and senior year and at the Florida High School Track and Field State Championships her freshmen, sophomore, and junior year. 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.

Elizabeth LeBlanc, Oviedo - Elizabeth LeBlanc owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top three of her class at Oviedo High School. She is a National AP Scholar and National Merit Commended Scholar. She lettered in golf, soccer, and tennis all four years of high school. Elizabeth was voted captain for her golf and soccer teams. She was named to the Seminole Athletic Conference Second Team All-Conference in Tennis, Second Team All-Conference in Soccer, and Second Team All-Conference in Golf. The 2020 Seminole County Girls Scholar-Athlete of the Year 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 aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia this fall.

Tyler Myers, Seacrest Country Day (Naples) - Tyler Myers owns a 3.93 GPA and is the valedictorian of his class at Seacrest Country Day School. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction, PSAT/NMSQT Commended Scholar, and an American MENSA Member. He lettered in three sports (soccer, tennis, golf) and was voted captain of the golf team. Tyler’s soccer team won the district championship in his sophomore year and district runner-up his junior and senior year. His in junior year, Tyler’s golf team qualified for the regional tournament.  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.

Kobe Phillips, Freeport - Kobe Phillips owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks fifth in his class at Freeport High School. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Florida Academic Scholar.  He lettered in three sports (football, soccer, track and field) and served as the captain for the football and track and field teams. In his senior year, Panhandle Sports awarded him Athlete of the Week and he was named Defensive Player of the Year by Freeport High School football team.   Kobe served as the president of the Student Government Association for all four years of high school. He is the son of Rian and Keith Lyday and plans on studying finance at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida this fall.

Rylee Pustilnik, Spanish River (Boca Raton) - Rylee Pustilnik owns a 3.98 GPA and is in the top 30 of her class at Spanish River Community High School. She is a member of four honor societies including: Psychology, English, Athletic, and the National Honor Society.  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 was named the Palm Beach Post Palm Beach County Cross Country  Runner of the Year her freshman and junior year as well as the Palm Beach Post Palm Beach County Track Runner of the Year her junior year.  Rylee represented the United States at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel where she won three bronze medals.  She is the daughter of Jeff and Carrie Pustilnik and plans on studying veterinary science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida this fall.

Trinity Stenger, Merritt Island - Trinity Stenger owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the valedictorian of her class at Merritt Island High School. Trinity is an AP Scholar with Distinction and received the Cape Coast Conference Student-Athlete Leadership Award in her sophomore and junior year.  She has lettered in cross country and tennis all four years. She qualified for the Florida High School Cross Country State Championships her freshmen, sophomore, and senior year.  Trinity was also a Tennis District Champion every year since her freshman year.  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 to attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York to study international relations this fall.

Taisa Strouse, Miami Country Day - Taisa Strouse owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top of her class at Miami Country Day School where she made the Headmaster’s List all four years of high school. She is a member of three honor societies including: Science, Math, and the National Honor Society. She lettered in cross country and soccer all four years of high school. She was named to the Miami Herald’s First Team All-County Girls Soccer Team her junior and senior year in addition to receiving an Honorable Mention in Girls Cross Country her freshmen and sophomore year.  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.

Patrick Tucker, Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) - Patrick Tucker owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks fourth in his senior class at Bishop Kenny High School. He is a National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction.  He earned varsity letters in basketball and golf and is graduating as a member of the fourth place 2A golf state championship team. He was recognized to the Florida Times Union’s All-First Coast Golf Third Team his freshmen year and Florida Times Union’s All-First Coast Golf Second Team his sophomore year. 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.

Colin Whibbs, Pensacola Catholic - Colin Whibbs owns a 3.96 GPA and is in the top sixth in his class at Pensacola Catholic High School. Colin was name to the Florida Coaches Athletic Coaches Association’s Academic All-State Team for Baseball every year since his sophomore year.  He earned varsity letters in baseball and football and was voted captain of both teams. Perfect Game USA named Colin a 2020 Pre-Season All American and to their 2020 All-Region Team.  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.

Mikal Willeke, Cambridge Christian (Tampa) - Mikal Willeke owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the valedictorian of his class at Cambridge Christian School. The AP Scholar with Distinction earned a spot on the Headmaster’s List all four years of high school.  He lettered in three sports (football, basketball, baseball). He was named Offensive MVP for football his junior year and received the Coaches Award his junior year for basketball.  Mikal has served as the National Honor Society president, Spanish Honor Society vice president, and as a Science Honor Society officer. Mikal helped start a diversity club called GRACE Council to break barriers at his school.  He is the son of Brian and Traicey Willeke and plans on studying engineering at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York this fall.

Chase Wilson, Lecanto - Chase Wilson owns a 3.86 GPA and is in the top of his class at Lecanto High School. Chase received the Principals Award for outstanding academic success his sophomore year.  He earned varsity letters in cross country and track for all four years of high school.  In his junior year, he was named District Champion in the 300m hurdles and District Runner-Up in the 110m hurdles.  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 pre-medicine at Saint Leo University 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 Flo