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  • Samantha Minrath Wins Midway University/KHSAA Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award in Field Hockey

October 31, 2017

During the state high school field hockey tournament, Midway University and the KHSAA presented the Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award to Samantha Minrath, a senior at Christian Academy of Louisville. The award caps off a career in which she earned All-State honors several times and became the first Kentucky player to be named to USA Field Hockey’s (USAFH) National Indoor team. With the organization, she will compete for a Pan-Am Indoor championship in Guyana this year and hopes to play in the Indoor World Cup in Berlin in 2018.

Away from the field, Minrath is an outstanding student who has maintained a 4.7 while taking several AP classes. A talented artist, she has volunteered at youth art fairs and has painted murals on the walls of several Louisville businesses. She has also been a member of Louisville Girls Leadership and has been involved in raising funds for Norton Hospital.

“Samantha Minrath has spent her high school career proving that athletes can shine while devoting themselves to academics and community service,” said Rusty Kennedy, Athletic Director, Midway University. “I’m very proud to honor her hard work with this award.

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 2018.

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.