The 12 boys and 12 girls will be recognized at an academic all-state awards banquet June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville, where each will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the FHSAA. Also, one male and one female from the group will receive the governing body’s most prestigious honor: Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Each of those winners will receive an additional $3,000 scholarship and a trophy.
According to the FHSAA, to be eligible for selection to the Academic All-State Team, a student-athlete must be a graduating senior, have a cumulative unweighted grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and have earned a varsity letter in at least two different sports during each of his or her junior and senior years.
The members were selected based on academic record, athletic participation, non-athletic activities, community service and an essay. The 24 members came from an applicant pool of more than 240 qualified candidates from the Association’s 685 member high schools.
Here are the bios for Shuham and Sullivan, the lone representatives from Broward and Palm Beach counties:
• Simon Shuham, Cooper City – Simon is the son of Caryl and Martin Shuham. He is the valedictorian of Cooper City High School with a 3.99 grade point average. Simon is a National Merit Finalist and National Advanced Placement Scholar and is the Cooper City High School Wendy’s High School Heisman recipient. Simon earned varsity letters in golf, soccer and volleyball all four years of high school. In addition to his athletic participation, Simon was a member of the National Honor Society, Debate Club, Spanish Honor Society and Spanish Club. Simon excelled in volunteer activities by accumulating more than 390 hours of community service. He is unsure where he will be attending college but is interested in studying engineering.
Christine Sullivan, Pope John Paul II (Boca Raton) – Christine is the daughter of Gregory and Mary Jane Sullivan. She has a 4.0 grade point average and ranks second in a senior class of 112 students. Christine earned varsity letters in cross country and track and field all four years of high school. During her time in high school, she participated in National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science Club, Doctors of Tomorrow, and French Club. Community service was a large part of Christine’s high school experience as she volunteered her time at the Boca Raton Art Museum, First United Methodist Church, St. Joan of Arc Church, and Nail Depot Breast Cancer Fundraiser all four years of high school. She plans to attend John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and study chemistry.