Davidson Redefines Meaning Of Scholar-Athlete

By  //  May 4, 2012

Cross Country Champion

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Shelby Davidson, a Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr.High School senior, has been named to the 2012 Florida High School Athletic Association’s Academic All-State Team.

A total of 24 accomplished student-athletes were named to the 2012 FHSA

Shelby Davidson, a senior at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr.High School, has been named to the 2012 FHSAA Academic All-State Team. (Image courtesy of Brevard Public Schools)

A Academic All-State Team, featuring eight valedictorians, two salutatorians, 11 three-sport athletes, eight four-sport athletes and one five-sport athlete.

“This is the first time in Cocoa Beach history that one of our students has earned this award.  We are extremely proud of Shelby, and it is a testament to who she is as a person,” said Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School athletic director Donald Blackmon. “Not only is she a phenomenal athlete and committed to be the best she can be, but is also just as committed to competing in the classroom. Shelby is a cross country state champion and now an academic state champion.”

To be eligible for selection to the team, a student must be a graduating senior, have a cumulative unweighted grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and earned a varsity letter in at least two different sports during each of his or her junior and senior years.

The candidates were selected based on academic record, athletic participation, non-athletic activities, community service and the essay submitted to the FHSAA office.

This year, 12 boys and 12 girls are being honored from the more than 200 qualified nominees from the Association’s 695 member high schools.

Each honoree will receive a $1,000 award, as well as a commemorative medallion, from the FHSAA for being selected to the team.

From the 24 recipients, two Scholar-Athletes of the Year—one boy and one girl — will be announced at the 18th Annual FHSAA Academic All-State Awards Banquet to be held June 11 at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.

The Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the most prestigious honors conferred on an active student-athlete by the Association, will receive an additional $3,000 each, as well as a trophy.