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  • Sacred Heart Senior Wins Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award

February 15, 2017

(Midway, Ky.) – During the state volleyball tournament, Midway University and the KHSAA presented the Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award for volleyball to Sacred Heart Academy standout Lauryn Bennett. The award caps off a career that saw her named to KHSAA’s All-Region, All-District and Academic All-State teams. During her senior season, she garnered national attention when she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (ACVA) All-America Watchlist.

Off the court, Bennett is a gifted student and committed volunteer. She is currently ranked first in her class at Sacred Heart with a 4.35 GPA and has earned recognition as the 2016 Centre College Fellow and the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) Athleader Award, presented to 20 student-athletes around the country for academic achievement, leadership and community service. In addition, Bennett is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society and volunteers at the Americana Community Center, Field Elementary School and St. Gregory the Great.

“It’s a great pleasure to present this award to Lauryn Bennett,” said Midway University Athletic Director Rusty Kennedy. “She has achieved so much already, both on and off the volleyball court, and I look forward to seeing her continue to succeed in the future.”

About the Midway University/KHSAA Female Student Athlete of the Year Awards

Nomination Process:

School administrators and/or coaches can nominate any qualified female high school student-athlete. Players can be nominated and win in more than one sport and are eligible to be nominated and win in multiple years of competition.

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges selected by Midway University and the KHSAA will review all nominations and make the selection of each individual sport Female Student-Athlete of the Year. The nominations will be judged on 60 percent weighting of overall athletic achievement, 20 percent academic achievement and 20 percent community service/leadership. In the event of a tie, the judges will have the discretion to select the final winner. Individual winners in each sport will be eligible for the overall Athlete of the Year Award, which will presented in May 2017.

Nominees must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify and be academically eligible to play in the season in which they are/were nominated.