FHSAA Banquet Honors Cocoa Beach’s Davidson

By  //  June 12, 2012

True Student-Athlete

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Reflecting its commitment to honoring academic achievement just as much as athletic success, the Florida High School Athletic Association has honored a Cocoa Beach resident for her efforts in the classroom and as a gifted athlete.

Shelby Davidson of Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School was honored Monday as one of the state's top student-athletes at a banquet in Gainesville. (Image courtesy Brevard Public Schools)

At a banquet Monday in Gainesville recognizing all 24 members of FHSAA’s Academic All-State Team, Shelby Davidson of Cocoa Beach was honored for her exemplary achievements in academics, service to the community and her athletic ability.

Davidson graduated last month as an International Baccalaureate student at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr.High School.

She ran cross country and competed  in track for the Miinutemen and will attend the University of Florida on a running scholarship.

She plans to study interior design in college and her ultimate goal is to make the U.S. Olympic team in 2016.

During high school, she sewed dresses for girls in Africa and was involved with National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, student government and the Turtle Awareness club..

Davidson was one of 12 boys and 12 girls honored at the banquet.

Dearing (manatee.k12.fl.us image)

“The 24 members of this year’s Academic All-State Team represent the best and brightest high school students Florida has to offer,” said FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing.

“We are extremely proud of all they have achieved and can be pleased knowing that young people of this caliber are taking a place in our communities as future leaders.”

Each of the 24 Academic All-State Team members, including Davidson, will receive a $1,000 scholarship from  the FHSAA.

To be eligible for selection to the Academic All-State 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.

Members were selected based on academic record, athletic participation, non-athletic activities, community service and an essay.