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KHHS Moncrief honored

By Randy Lefko Sports Editor with excerpts from FHSAA.org
Posted 4/13/22

GAINESVILLE – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced Wednesday the 28th Annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team, a recognition program that honors 24 …

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Football, Weightlifting, Track ... and smart!

KHHS Moncrief honored

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GAINESVILLE – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced Wednesday the 28th Annual Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team, a recognition program that honors 24 graduating student-athletes who excel in both athletics and academics. With this being one of the most important special recognition programs the FHSAA sponsors, 12 girls and 12 boys from all over the state will be awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships.
“The hardworking men and women of Florida’s dairy industry are honored to recognize the significant accomplishments of these amazing student-athletes,” says Florida Dairy Farmers CEO, Michele Cooper. “We’re excited to support a program that has a great tradition of encouraging excellence on the field and in the classroom and we’re proud to support students that have the special mix of work ethic and determination required to succeed at both.”
Among the winners was Keystone Heights High senior Caleb Moncrief who is a four-sport standout for the Indians; football, weightlifting, basketball and track, and is nearly decided on following a Biomedical Engineering path at either Harvard University of University of Florida.
“The money will help in the decision and, with other scholarships offering money, I will have to make a decision soon,” said Moncrief, who also was awarded a Taxslayer Bowl Scholarship during football season for his academic and prowess, and recently won a Clay County track title in the discus on Saturday after the FHSAA released the ALL State team. “I also have to factor in just how much athletics my studies will allow at the college level.”
To be eligible for this award, students must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average and earned a minimum of two varsity letters in at least two different sports during their junior and senior year. The 2022 Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team selection committee received applications from 51 male nominees and 69 female nominees across the state. Each nominee was evaluated on their athletic participation, academic record, extracurricular activities, community service and essay.
Each Florida Dairy Famers Academic All-State Team member will be recognized at a banquet on Monday, June 6 where they will receive a $1,700 scholarship and a commemorative medallion. Out of the 24 All-State Team members, one male and one female will be named the Ronald N. Davis Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the FHSAA’s most prestigious honor bestowed on any active student-athlete. The winners of this award will earn a commemorative trophy and an additional $4,600 in scholarship funds – $6,300 in total.
Moncrief owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in his class of 174 students. He earned varsity letters in four sports (football, weightlifting, basketball, and track and field) and was a member of the 2021 1A Florida High School Boys Weightlifting State Championship team. He served as Student Government president all four years of high school and is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America and has over 500 community service hours. He is the son of Helen Moncrief

*Gerald Bissell, Benjamin School (Palm Beach Gardens) – Gerald Bissell owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks in the top of his class. The National Merit Finalist lettered in baseball for all four years and bowling for three years while serving as captain of both. Gerald is a member of the Honor Council, National Honor Society and Speech and Debate. Through his work with House of Hope and tutoring, Gerald has earned over 100 community service hours. He is the son of James Bissell and plans on studying electrical engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville this fall.
*Rylan Chapa, Marathon – Rylan Chapa owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks third in her class. She lettered in soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball and weightlifting throughout her high school career. The three-time girls weightlifting state medalist served as Student Government Secretary and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Interact Club, National Honor Society and Chess Club. Rylan has earned over 100 hours of community service through beach clean ups, tutoring and volunteering with Marathon High School athletics. She is the daughter of Jenna and Phillip Chapa and plans on studying engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia this fall.
*Kate Costar, Geneva (Casselberry) – Kate Costar owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks in the top of her class. She earned varsity letters in three sports (volleyball, soccer, and softball) all four years of high school. Outside of sports, she is a member of Honor Council, International Club, and National Art Honor Society. Kate earned over 400 community service hours by volunteering with Camp Crestridge for Girls, Vacation Bible School and The Geneva School Servathon. She plans on studying architecture at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina this fall.
*Eleanor Duffy, Oviedo – Eleanor Duffy owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks in the top of her class. The Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction earned varsity letters in swimming and diving and water polo all four years of high school. She served as Student Government Parliamentarian and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, SECME, and National Honor Society. Eleanor has over 1,000 community service hours through her work with Seminole County Natural Lands and St. Luke’s Church. She is the daughter of Alicia and Patrick Duffy and plans to attend college this fall.

*Reagan Eastlick, Hagerty (Oviedo) – Reagan Eastlick owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 5% of his senior class of nearly 600 students. He earned four varsity letters in cross country and track and field along with three varsity letters in soccer. Reagan is the founder and president of his school’s Politics Club and Bikes for Best. Reagan earned over 175 hours of community service working with Bikes for Best, National Honor Society and Vacation Bible School. He is the son of Cindy and Arnie Eastlick and plans on studying pre-law at the University of Florida in Gainesville this fall.


*Rachel Ferreter Freedom (Orlando) – Rachel Ferreter owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 2% of her class. The Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction earned twelve varsity letters in swimming and diving, wrestling, lacrosse and flag football. Rachel is president and founder of Generation WOW and member of student government, National Honor Society and Aerospace Engineering Club. She earned over 160 hours of community service by volunteering with Give Kids the World, National Voices for Equality, Education and Entitlement, Red Cross and Relay for Life. She is the daughter of Theresa and Randall Ferreter and plans studying on aerospace engineering this fall at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Peter Fox, Lyman (Longwood) – Peter Fox owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks second in his class of over 440 students. He earned three varsity letters in swimming and diving and four varsity letters in water polo. Peter is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society and Boy Scouts of America. Through his work with Boy Scouts, Peter has earned over 300 hours of community service. He is the son of Cathi and Andrew Fox and plans on studying architecture at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this fall.

Sydney Freed, Episcopal (Jacksonville) – Sydney Freed owns a 4.0 GPA and is in the top of her class. She lettered in cross country and track and field while serving as captain of both teams her senior year. Sydney was an Eagle Ambassador all four years of high school and member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Chinese Honor Society. She has over 300 community service hours through her work with Episcopal School of Jacksonville, First Coast Hear and Vascular, Believer’s World Outreach and Freed to Run. She is the daughter of Crystal and Michael Freed and plans on studying international politics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. this fall.

Carter French, Jesuit (Tampa) – Carter French owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks second in his class of 200 students. The National Merit Commended Scholar lettered in baseball and football. Carter was awarded the Henry O. Langston Scholar-Athlete Award at the 2021 6A Florida High School Football State Championships. He is a member of Blue Tide Committee, Outdoorsmen Club, and Praying Pelicans Mission. He has over 100 community service hours. He is the son of Kim and Stephen French and plans on studying pre-medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in this fall.

Emily Han, First Academy Leesburg – Emily Han owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in her senior class. The National Merit Semifinalist earned varsity letters in three sports (volleyball, tennis, and cross country) through her high school career. Emily is a member of Student Council, Concert Band, Medical Club, National Honor Society and Hispanic Honor Society. She has earned over 150 community service hours. She is the daughter of Lily Tran and Maohao Han and plans on studying pre-medicine at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts this fall.

Andrew Landsaw, Cutler Bay – Andrew Landsaw owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks second in his senior class of over 130 students. He earned varsity letters in cross country and track and field all four years of high school and served as captain of both teams for three years. Andrew is graduating president of Student Council, STAND Club, and LOW Club and is a member of National Honor Society Rho Kappa Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Through his work with these honor societies and other projects, Andrew has been able to earn over 800 hours of community service. He is the son of Jannah and Harry Landsaw and plans on studying political science at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this fall.

Drew McLendon, Naples – Drew McLendon owns a 3.91 GPA and ranks ninth in his senior class of over 380 students. The Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction earned varsity letters in three sports (cross country, soccer, and track and field). The USA Today SWFL Runner of the Year finalist is a member of student government, Youth Leadership Collier, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has over 175 community service hours. He is the son of Andrea and Mitch McLendon and plans on studying business administration at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia this fall.


Hallie Monserez, Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota) – Hallie Monserez owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in her senior class of 120 students. The National Merit Finalist lettered in three sports (cross country, track and field and soccer) all four years of high school and holds the school record in the 4x400m relay. Hallie is a member of student government, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and St. Vincent de Paul Society. She earned over 150 community service hours volunteering with St, Michael’s Parish, Living Lord Lutheran Church, and Our Lady of Angels Church. She is the daughter of Amber and Michael Monserez and plans to attend the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this fall.

Brody Palmer, McKeel (Lakeland) – Brody Palmer owns a 3.98 GPA and ranks second in his class of over 200 students. He earned varsity letters in three sports (swimming and diving, track and field, and weightlifting). Brody is founder of McKeel Rowing Club and member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Science Honor Society. Brody has over 150 community service hours through his work with Parker Street Ministries, Green Team Recycling, and National Honor Society. He is the son of Brian Palmer and plans study engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville this fall.

Zachary Sarmoen, Spanish River (Boca Raton) – Zachary Sarmoen owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks sixth in his senior class of 600 students. The US Presidential Scholar Nominee lettered in cross country and track and field. Zachary is a member of five honor societies (National, Math, Computer Science, English, and Business), Spanish River DECA, Peer2Peer Tutoring, South FL TILE, and FAU Tech Runway I-Corps Program. He has earned over 200 community service hours. He is the son of Danielle and Rogelio Sarmoen and plans on studying economics at University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois this fall.

Sabrina Shipley, Ransom Everglades (Miami) – Sabrina Shipley owns a 4.0 GPA, earned a perfect score on the ACT, and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She earned varsity letters in water polo and swimming and diving all four years of high school. The USA Water Polo Academic All-American served as vice president of Mu Alpha Theta her senior year and was a member of Technology Student Council, HealthcaRE, and Inkings literary magazine. She volunteered with Health Information Project, Deepblocks, and her local homeless shelter. She is the daughter of Amy and John Shipley and plans to study math at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island this fall.

Liliana Sisto, Suncoast (Riviera Beach) – Liliana Sisto owns a 3.81 GPA and ranks in the top of her class. The National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar lettered in swimming and diving and water polo where she served as captain of both teams for two years. Liliana was the president and founder of Suncoast Amnesty International Chapter, member of National Honor Society and Debate Team. She has over 250 community service hours. She is the daughter of Lori and Nicola Sisto and plans on studying pre-medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut this fall.

Hannah Squier, Pine School (Hobe Sound) – Hannah Squier owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in her senior class. The National Merit Semifinalist lettered in four sports (soccer, lacrosse, swimming and diving and tennis) and holds the school record in career goals for soccer. Hannah served as Head Girl Prefect, founder and president of Kiva Team and was a member of concert band, jazz band, French National Honor Society, and Pine School MIT Invent Team. She has over 150 community service hours. She is the daughter of Rachel and Gregory Squier and plans on studying bioengineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts this fall.

Will Taylor, Chipley – Will Taylor owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks sixth in his senior class. The Presidential Scholar earned varsity letters in three sports (baseball, football, and basketball) for all four years. Will is a member of student government and Beta Club. Will has over 175 community service hours through his work with Chipley High School and his local church. He is the son of Jack Taylor and plans on studying pre-medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville this fall.

Nathalia Veal, Branford – Nathalia Veal owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in her senior class. The Advanced Placement Scholar lettered in three sports (weightlifting, track and field and cross country) and holds the school record for bench press and clean and jerk. Nathalia served as class vice president her senior year and was a member of Future Farmers of America, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes all four years of high school. Nathalia has over 600 community service hours. She is the daughter of Karen and Nath Veal and plans to attend Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach to study aerospace physiology this fall.

Jonathan Walker, Rutherford (Panama City) – Jonathan Walker owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in his senior class of nearly 200 students. The Florida Sunshine State Scholar earned varsity letters in football and weightlifting. Jonathan is a member of student government and was featured in Forbes Magazine for entrepreneurial education and recognition for two inventions. He has over 200 community service hours and was awarded a $10,000 startup grant for Whiteboard Ideas LLC. He is the son of Aleatha and Johnny Walker and plans to study engineering and entrepreneurship this fall.

James Walter, Jupiter – James Walter owns a 4.0 GPA and ranks in the top of his class. The Cambridge Scholar with Distinction has lettered in three sports (cross country, track and field and volleyball). He has held leadership positions in DECA, National Honor Society and Boy Scouts. James has over 200 community service hours from volunteering his time with Jupiter Library Children’s Department, Boy Scouts and National Honor Society. He is the son of Christine Walter and plans on studying finance at the University of Florida in Gainesville this fall.

Kiahra Wood, Centennial (Port St. Lucie) – Kiahra Wood owns a 3.85 GPA and ranks seventh in her senior class of over 600 students. Throughout high school, she earned fourteen varsity letters in basketball, flag football, soccer, track and field, and weightlifting. She served as student government president her senior year and is a member of National Honor Society, Jack and Jill of America, Precious Pearls Youth Group and Toastmaster Gavel Club Youth Group. Kiahra has earned over 600 community service hours. She is the daughter of Kahari and Madetric Wood and plans on studying allied health and health science at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee this fall.

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