2009 Scholar-Athletes; They've All Got Game, and More Big Wins Ahead
Bishop Kenny High School
Why she is a Scholar-Athlete: The youngest of eight children, Ann-Marie maintained a 4.476 grade-point average, helped lead her volleyball team to the state final four in each of the last four years, played basketball and accumulated more than 400 hours of community service.
Parents: James and Teresa Connolly
College: Jacksonville University
Achievements: Letters in volleyball (3), basketball (3); Wendy's High School Heisman Finalist - 2009; State Farm Sportsmanship Award - Varsity basketball; Coaches' Award (2) - Varsity volleyball; Marine Corps Sportsmanship Award - Varsity volleyball; Crusader Award - Varsity basketball; State runner-up (10th grade) - Varsity volleyball; State Final Four (11th & 12th grade) - Varsity volleyball.
Ridgeview High School
Why he is a Scholar-Athlete: Will participated in five sports - football, basketball, track and field, weight lifting and lacrosse. He's also an international thespian and in the Spanish Honor Society.
Parents: Bill and Cara Freitag
College: United States Naval Academy
Achievements: Letters in football (4), basketball (3), track (2), lacrosse (3) and weight lifting (1); International Baccalaureate program graduate; National Honor Society; graduating with honors; Jacksonville News Channel 4 Scholar Athlete of the Week; Homecoming and Prom King.
Fleming Island High School
Why he is a Scholar-Athlete: Brennan was Florida's soccer player of the year in Class 5A, leading his team to the state final four. Off the field, he had a 4.73 grade-point average and earned a Cambridge Diploma.
Parents: David and Shelly Hyler
College: University of South Florida
Achievements: Lettered in soccer (4), 5A Player of the Year (FHSAA soccer), MVP of the 2009 season, Coach's Award in the 2008 season, Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 season, 4.73 GPA, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship (100 percent).
The Bolles School
Why she is a Scholar-Athlete: One of the top junior golfers in the country, Amelia has won 50 titles in junior and amateur tournaments. Despite traveling across the country, she kept a 3.84 grade-point average, taking a rigorous course load.
Parents: Chris and Gina Lewis
College: University of Florida
Achievements: 2009 Van Etten Bent Award; 2006, 2007, 2008 Florida All-First Coast Player of the Year; 2008 Rolex All American - Honorable Mention; 2008 The President's Award, The Bolles School; 2007 Van Etten Bent Award; Lettered in Varsity golf (5) 8th through 12th.
Orange Park High School
Why she is a Scholar-Athlete: Called a great role model by her coaches, Sarah was selected as the captain of her school's basketball and volleyball teams and earned nine varsity letters in four years while maintaining a weighted GPA of 4.69.
Parents: Bryan and Melissa Marlar
College: University of Central Florida
Achievements: Letters in basketball (4), volleyball (4) and tennis (1); basketball and volleyball All-Conference, 2009; Vy-Star High school All-star award, 2008; United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete award, 2009; Scholar Athlete award 2005-2009.
Robert E. Lee High School
Why she is a Scholar-Athlete: Shanea was the national girls weight lifting champion and is the first female to play varsity football in spring practice at Lee. She also already has an associate's degree from FCCJ, and carried a 4.35 weighted grade-point average.
Parents: Lakeisha McCray-Dance
College: Florida State University
Achievements: Miss Robert E. Lee; letters in swimming (4), weight lifting (2), volleyball (1) and track (3); 2009 State and National weight lifting champion; 2009 Gateway Conference Champion in Shot Put; first girl to play football at Lee. …