PORTSMOUTH, VA – The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum held their 8th annual Student Athlete Achievement Awards banquet on December 2. This event honors some of the state’s great student athletes both at the middle and high school levels. The four awards categories were: girls in 6th through 8th grade, girls in 9th through 12th grade, boys in 6th through 8th grade and boys in 9th through 12th grade. The award winners were Jada Crittendon, an eighth grader at the Academy of International Studies at Rosemont in Norfolk, John Eberle, a seventh grader at Benton Middle School in Manassas, Elizabeth “Betsy” Wusk, a senior at Tabb High School in Yorktown and Jordan Sergent, a senior at Atlantic Shores Christian Academy in Chesapeake.
“These kids are extremely accomplished individuals who are dedicated not only to their sport, but also their school and community,” notes president Eddie Webb. “We could not have asked for a better well-rounded group to select this year’s winners from.”
Students from across Virginia in grades 6th through 12th were eligible. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductees Kenny Easley and Johnny Newman were also present. The winners will also be honored with an exhibit in the museum’s rotating exhibit “Virginians in the Spotlight” during the months of January and February 2013. This event was made possible through funding of our generous sponsors: Cox Communications, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., Reisbeck Contracting and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum’s Education Foundation.
ABOUT THE WINNERS:
The two middle school winners, Jada Crittendon and John Eberle have numerous achievements. Jada achieved straight A’s throughout middle school, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and has been named MVP of her softball team, the ASA Virginia Legends Association. John has also achieved straight A’s as well as being the top scorer on Benton Middle School’s soccer team; he is also a well-rounded athlete playing basketball for the JV team at the school. Giving back to the community is another accomplishment of John’s where he participates in an outreach program for special needs kids and won TOPSoccer’s “Buddy of the Year” award.
Students in the high school category were especially strong this year, and Betsy Wusk, a Tabb High School senior edged others to win the high school girls category. Betsy is the captain of the Tabb High field hockey team, and broke the national record with 27 consecutive shutouts as a sweeper/defender. Not only is she a captain on her high school team, but she was also selected for the Junior Olympic Field Hockey team, and she was also a finalist in Wendy’s High School Heisman. Betsy excels not only on the field, but also in the classroom where she maintains a 4.33 GPA and is also president of Tabb’s Rachel’s Challenge Clun and a student ambassador for the school. She
aspires to be an engineer and has done both a mentorship and internship at NASA Langley Research Center.
Jordan Sergent, a senior at Atlantic Shores Christian Academy won the high school boys category. Jordan excels particularly well on the baseball diamond where he plays varsity baseball for Atlantic Shores, but also multiple travel teams. Among his nationwide baseball accomplishments include being named an Under Armour Pre-season All American, a Perfect Game All-American honorable mention, and a 2012 USA Tournament of Stars gold medal winner. Statewide accomplishments include Metro Conference player of the year, 1st team all -state, and the 2012 MaxPreps leader in homeruns, RBI and runs. Jordan’s academic accomplishments include having a 3.95 GPA, being a member of the National Honor Society, and being the high school chaplain.
THE 16 FINALISTS:
Middle school girls finalists for the Student Athlete Achievement Awards included: Allison Burris, a 6th grader at Lynnhaven Middle School in Virginia Beach, Abby Craft, an 8th grader at Kemps Landing Magnet School in Virginia Beach, Jada Crittendon (middle school girl Student Athlete of the Year), an 8th grader at the Academy of International Studies at Rosemont in Norfolk, and Reagan Tate, a 7th grader at Kemps Landing Magnet School in Virginia Beach.
Middle school boys finalists included: Ryan Chamberlain, an 8th grader at Atlantic Shores Christian School in Chesapeake, Liam Combes, an 8th grader at St. Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk, John Eberle (middle school boy Student Athlete of the Year), a 7th grader at Benton Middle School in Manassas, and Zachary Wusk, an 8th grader at Tabb Middle School in Yorktown.
High school girls finalists included: Carolyn Cunniffe, a senior at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Bailey Key, a sophomore at Isle of Wight Academy in Isle of Wight, Victoria Wiggin, a
junior at Atlantic Shores Christian School in Chesapeake, and Betsy Wusk (high school girl Student Athlete of the Year), a senior at Tabb High School in Yorktown.
High school boys finalists included: Sam Lebryk, a senior at Jeb Stuart High School in Falls Church, Jordan Sergent (high school boy Student Athlete of the Year), a senior at Atlantic Shores Christian School in Chesapeake, Curtis Stallings, a senior at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, and Joshua Stamp, a senior at Atlantic Shores Christian School in Chesapeake.
For more information, call (757) 393-8031 or visit the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum’s website at www.vshfm.com
2012 Annual Student Athlete Achievement Award Winners: Jordan Sergent, Atlantic Christian School; Betsy Wusk, Tabb High School; VSHFM Hall of Famer Johnny Newman, Jada Crittendon, The Academy of International Studies at Rosemont; VSHFM Hall of Famer Kenny Easley, John Eberle, Benton Middle School. (VSHFM photo by Diane Paluzzi)
2012 Annual Student Athlete Achievement Award Finalists: Back Row (L - R): Curtis Stallings, Grassfield High School; Sam Lebryk, Jeb Stuart High School; Jordan Sergent, Atlantic Shores Christian School; VSHFM Hall of Famers Johnny Newman and Kenny Easley.
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