2017 Palm Beach Post High School Sports All-Academic team


American Heritage — Jonathan Resnick. A standout lineman for the Stallions’ football team, he also carried a 5.63 honors-point average. He will attend Johns Hopkins University.

Atlantic — Dayna Goltz. She played No. 2 singles for the Eagles’ girls tennis team and also was the school’s salutatorian. She will attend Vanderbilt University.

Benjamin — Christian Cropp. The captain of the Bucs’ boys lacrosse and golf teams, he also was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, was an FHSAA Academic All-State team selection, won a Congressional Award, and was president of the school’s Student Council. He will play lacrosse at Yale University.

Berean Christian — Jessica Nodell. A volleyball and basketball player for the Bulldogs, she also is a two-time winner of the school’s Female Athlete of the Year award, earned All-Area recognition for volleyball and basketball, and carried a 3.84 grade-point average. She will play basketball at Palm Beach Atlantic.

Boca Raton — Rachel Levy. A four-year varsity basketball player and McDonald’s All-America nominee, she also was awarded the President’s Education Award Gold Seal, served in the National Honor Society, and carried a 4.95 honors-point average. She will play basketball at Harvard University.

Boca Raton Christian — Michael Walsh. A basketball and baseball standout for the Blazers, he also was the senior class valedictorian, an AP Scholar, and a Pathfinder Award nominee. He will attend the University of Florida.

Cardinal Newman — Lyda Brown. A four-year varsity tennis player, she also was a member of the Spanish and National Honor Societies, won academic medals for three different subjects, and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. She will attend the University of Georgia.

Dwyer — Lexi Garber. A four-year starter for the Panthers’ girls lacrosse team, she also was the school’s salutatorian, carried a 5.5 honors-point average, and earned a Leadership Award. She will attend the University of Florida.

Forest Hill — Ryan Flynn. A state qualifier in swimming this season, she also is ranked fifth in the Class of 2020, studies in the school’s International Baccalaureate program, and carries a 4.6 honors-point average.

Glades Central — Jacquanda Robinson. A volleyball, basketball, weightlifting and flag football standout for the Raiders who earned an Academic Achievement Award in all four sports, she also was ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2017, and carried a 4.77 honors-point average. She will attend Florida State University.

Glades Day — Maddie Mills. A volleyball and softball standout who played in two state softball tournaments, she also was the Class of 2017 valedictorian, served in the Spanish National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and earned a Pathfinder Award nomination for science. She will attend the University of Florida.

Inlet Grove — Jordan Hall. A regional qualifier in track and soccer player for the Hurricanes, the junior also carries a 3.76 grade-point average, was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

John I. Leonard — Mohammed Al-Amary. The captain of the Lancers’ boys basketball team, he also was named a Lancer Gold Scholar, is an AICE Diploma candidate, and carried a 5.1 honors-point average. He will attend the University of Florida.

Jupiter — Hailey Fritz. A swimmer, track and cross-country standout for the Warriors, she also was a member of the National Honor and Leaders of Tomorrow Societies, won AP and AICE Scholar Awards, and carried a 4.0 grade-point average. She will attend Florida Southern.

Jupiter Christian — Reed Burke. A four-year varsity baseball player who pitched and played the infield, he also was a Pathfinder Award nominee, and carried a 3.8 grade-point average. He’ll play baseball at Florida Southern.

King’s Academy — Olivia Mattessich. A five-year varsity starter for the Lions’ girls soccer team, she also maintained a 4.34 honors-point average, won a TKA Scholar-Athlete Award, and was a member of five national honor societies. She will attend Penn State University.

Lake Worth Christian — Jenna Culhan. A standout volleyball player for the Defenders who was named the Post’s Small Schools Player of the Year in 2016, she also was an Honor Roll student for four years, carried a 4.28 honors-point average, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She will play volleyball at Liberty University.

Olympic Heights — Joseph Poloskey. A four-sport athlete with the Lions, he also was a member of the Spanish and National Honor Societies, served as a Special Olympics Volunteer Athlete, and was ranked among the top 10 percent of his class. He will play football at Valparaiso University.

Oxbridge Academy — Gregory Terrell Seabrooks. A four-year varsity lacrosse standout and football player for the ThunderWolves, he also is a nationally ranked debater, a Pathfinder Award winner for forensics and speech, and a Duke Tip Scholar. He will play lacrosse at Princeton University.

Pahokee — Tyron Arnett. A three-sport athlete for the Blue Devils who excelled in football, basketball and track, he also was an honor roll student, carried a 3.69 grade-point average, and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. He’ll play football at Western Michigan University.

Palm Beach Central — Austin Cavallo. A four-year letterman in lacrosse, he also won a Palm Beach County Sports Commission Scholar-Athlete scholarship, earned an AICE Diploma with Merit, and maintained a 5.185 honors-point average. He will attend the University of Florida.

Palm Beach Gardens — Jacob Birmelin. A three-sport athlete who excelled in football, lacrosse and weightlifting, he also was named the school’s Sports Management Student of the Year, and carried a 3.96 honors-point average. He will play football at Princeton University.

Palm Beach Lakes — Ty Hands. A two-sport athlete who plays basketball and runs track, he also is a Harvard Book Award recipient, holds the No. 1 class ranking in the Class of 2018, and maintains at 4.89 honors-point average.

Park Vista — Tia Tripodi. A first-team All-Conference soccer player and Cobras’ captain, she also was a Pathfinder Award nominee for sports, was the No. 6-ranked student in her senior class, and maintained a 5.19 honors-point average. She will attend the University of Florida.

Royal Palm Beach — Nate Vera. A swimmer and volleyball player for the Wildcats, he also maintained a 4.82 honors-point average and performed 988 hours of community service. He will attend the University of Florida.

Saint Andrew’s — Mark Heatzig. A lacrosse standout for the Scots, he also earned Academic All-American, All-District and Honorable Mention All-Region honors, and carried a 4.28 honors-point average. He will play lacrosse at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Saint John Paul II Academy — Alyssa Bialakis. A four-sport athlete for the Eagles who played softball, volleyball, basketball and lacrosse, she also carried a 3.81 grade-point average and was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year. She will play softball at Assumption College.

Santaluces — Edwin Ross. The captain of the Chiefs’ boys basketball and track teams, he also was the senior class valedictorian, served as the junior and senior class president, and was a member of the Science, English and National Honor Societies. He will attend Howard University.

Seminole Ridge — Kristi Kemper. A standout flag football player for the Hawks, she also carried a 5.01 honors-point average. She will attend Florida State University.

Spanish River — Alex Kline. A four-year varsity letter winner in cross-country and track, he also was a Pathfinder Award nominee in community involvement, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a National Merit Commended Student. He will attend the University of Florida.

Suncoast — Annie Allmark. A state qualifier in cross-country and track, she also was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, won an IB Learner Profile Award, and was a member of the school’s debate team and National Honor Society. She will be competing at the University of South Florida.

Trinity Christian Academy — Lorenzo Gabree. A basketball and volleyball player for the Warriors, he also is the school’s valedictorian, was a Pathfinder Award nominee, and carried a 4.16 honors-point average. He will attend Florida Atlantic University.

Wellington — Brooke Mucino. A three-sport athlete who excelled at soccer, cross-country and track and field, she also maintained a 3.96 grade-point average, was a member of the Math, English and National Honor Societies, and served as a math tutor. She will attend the University of Florida.

West Boca Raton — Anna Bright. A state tennis champion for the Bulls who was named the Florida Dairy Farmers’ Player of the Year in 2015, she also was the top-ranked student in the Class of 2018, and maintained a 4.00 grade-point average. She graduated a year early, and will play tennis at the University of California, Berkeley.

How the team was selected:

Students on the All-Academic Team were chosen by their respective schools. Each high school was asked to nominate just one student-athlete. The student-athletes needed to have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and competed in at least one varsity sport during the 2016-17 school year. Schools were asked to submit a photo and bio of each nominee. Schools that do not have athletes listed did not have students that met the criteria or did not submit nominations.



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