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Heisman Florida winner
Marathon High School’s Taylor Konrath was chosen from 10 female finalists to represent Florida in the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award program.
Of the 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 2,135 were from Florida and were narrowed to the state’s 20 finalists (10 boys, 10 girls) which included Konrath. After being named the Florida female winner, Konrath hopes to be chosen as a national finalist. Twelve national finalists (six boys, six girls) from the state winners will compete for the national honor on Dec. 7 in New York City.
National finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools. One male and one female national winner will receive a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy and a $500 Wendy’s gift certificate. Wendy’s will also donate $10,000 to each winner’s respective high school. The winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on Dec. 8 on ESPN.
Planning to play soccer at Harvard next year
Academic Honors: Dartmouth Book Award, AP Scholar Award
Soccer: Three-year letter winner, All District/County as a sophomore and junior
Volleyball: Three-year letter winner, Team Captain as a junior, Team MVP as a junior, All District/County as a sophomore and junior
Softball: Three-year letter winner, All-Conference as a junior, All District/County as a sophomore and junior
School Activities: Class president freshman, sophomore and junior year
Also: Florida High School Athletic Association Student Athlete Advisory Committee President, Anti-tobacco Florida, Relay for Life, Mid-Keys Booster Club.
The Herbert Ammons Middle School boys’ junior varsity and varsity cross-country teams won during the Miami-Dade County Middle School Championships at Larry & Penny Thompson Park.
The varsity boys were tops of 19 teams in the 2.1-mile race. Seventh grader Guillermo Rojas was third of 168 finishers in 12 minutes 26 seconds.
Teammates Javier Arriaga and Nick Cummings, two eighth graders, were fifth and sixth, respectively, in 12:36 and 12:40. Stephen Rodriguez, another eighth grader, placed 10th in 12:56.
Eighth grader Charlie Garza placed 13th in 13:13. Karim Debk and Jose Perez, two more eighth graders, were 15th and 16th, respectively, in 13:20 and 13:22.
The junior varsity boys were first of 20 teams. Seventh grader Brannon Brisbane was fourth of 166 runners, clocking 2.1 miles in 13:06. Matthew Perez, a seventh grader, finished fifth in 13:07.
Arturo Arredondo, a seventh grader, placed ninth in 13:31. Sixth grader Yader Portocarrero was 14th in 13:37. Jordan Perez, a sixth grader, was 19th in 13:42.
In the girls’ varsity race, Ammons was runner-up of nine teams. Eighth grader Veronica Barreiro was third of 117 runners, covering 2.1 miles in 14:09. Teammates Taylor Tejera and Brianna Vergara, two seventh graders, were eighth and ninth, respectively, in 15:03 and 15:08.
Brianna Diaz, a seventh grader, placed 12th in 15:35, and Zynia Alvarez, another seventh grader, was 13th in 15:50. Eighth grader Alondra Ortiz took 14th in 15:56.
In junior varsity girls, they were fourth of 13 teams. Sixth grader Madison Rutter was seventh of 123 runners, completing 2.1 miles in 16:00. Adrianne Vega, another sixth grader, finished 24th in 17:04. Sixth grader Carly Davis was 30th in 17:32.