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THE WINNER: Courtney Smith
School: Unionville (Kennett Square, Pa.)
Athletic achievement: She raced to the Class AAA individual state championship this past season with a course-record time of 18:16, leading the Indians to second place as a team. Smith also earned victories at the District 1 Championships, the Ches-Mont Championships, the Cherokee Challenge, the West Chester Henderson Invitational and the PIAA Foundation Invitational.
Academic excellence: Smith has maintained a 4.67 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A peer tutor in her school, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Operation Smile, which assists children who are born with facial deformities.
“Courtney is obviously a top student-athlete, but she cares more about her team than her individual performances,” said Unionville head coach Mark Lacianca. “Her work ethic and drive have helped our team improve from 16th in the district to back-to-back state runners-up.”
THE FUTURE: Smith will begin her senior year of high school this fall.