Winners

National Athletes of the Year

Cameron Vaile – A senior from Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia, Cameron was the team captian, team MVP and an all-district selection for his team which was runner up in the State championship. A leader and co-founder of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle at his school, Cameron has seen lives changed and given to Christ through his ministry efforts. Cameron says, ” There’s no better feeling than to see people get saved through something God allowed you to do.”

Shelby Criswell – An all-district volleyball player at Forney High School in Texas with a weighted GPA of 4.2, Shelby has participated in sports for almost her entire life. Besides volleyball she has also participated in soccer, basketball, cheerleading, track and softball. Shelby says, “God created me with a gift—a passion for sports—and I intend to use this passion in any and everyway I know to bring Him glory.” An example of how Shelby has used her athletic talent to reach others is her involvement with Upward, as a cheer coach to 12 young girls. Shelby enjoyed her time not only teaching them to cheer, but also sharing the word of God with them. Shelby says, “It was great to share my passion for the sport as well as my love for the Lord in the same atmosphere.”


West Region Athletes of the Year

Justin Greer – A two sport athlete, the team captian, best offensive player and all-league selection in baseball and a also a varsity basketball player, Justin has found that combining his faith and athletic ability can be quite an adventure. Justin has already been to Ireland twice to help run a basketball Vacation Bible School. Justin commented, “We paired teaching basketball with teaching the Bible throughout the week-long camp. On a return trip, I was once again able to connect with the kids in the community through basketball VBS.”

Amanda Wellman – A senior at Lake Mead Christian Academy in Henderson, Nevada, Amanda excels in both volleyball and softball, and was named to the all-conference team as well as league MVP in both sports. Amanda says, “As a Christian athlete, my first and most important purpose is to bring glory to God and that is what I have and plan to continue doing.”

1st Team all-Region

Hunter Ballew – Artesia High School, NM
Logan Hendrickson – Kelley Walsh H.S., WY
Ryan McCormick – King’s High School, WA
Antonio Mora – North Salem High School, OR
Kyle Turner – Clovis East High School, CA
Allie Ariniello – La Costa Canyon H.S., CA
Amanda Boyce – Spring Creek H.S., NV
Chelsea Holi – Cherokee Trail High School, CO
Laurel Kuipers – Washington High School, AZ
Tori Varnell – Dora High School, NM

South Region Athletes of the Year

Casey Leamon – “Competing in multiple sports allows a person to meet many new people and form very close relationships with his or her teammates.” according to Casey. Being a two sport athlete, in track and field and basketball at Ferris High School in Texas, Casey has used his athletic ability to share his faith in Christ with his teammates and opponents. Not only that, but this two sport athlete maintains a weighted GPA of 5.0 and unweighted GPA of 4.0! Yet with all the talent God has given Casey, he remains humble saying, “There will come a day when I will no longer be able to run, jump and even walk. When that day comes I will no longer be able to do the things I love, but I will always have God.”

Shelby Criswell – An all-district volleyball player at Forney High School in Texas with a weighted GPA of 4.2, Shelby has participated in sports for almost her entire life. Besides volleyball she has also participated in soccer, basketball, cheerleading, track and softball. Shelby says, “God created me with a gift—a passion for sports—and I intend to use this passion in any and everyway I know to bring Him glory.” An example of how Shelby has used her athletic talent to reach others is her involvement with Upward, as a cheer coach to 12 young girls. Shelby enjoyed her time not only teaching them to cheer, but also sharing the word of God with them. Shelby says, “It was great to share my passion for the sport as well as my love for the Lord in the same atmosphere.”

1st Team all-Region

Bronnick Foo – Coram Deo Academy, TX
Brode Harrington – Gregory-Portland H.S., TX
Daniel Homann – The Woodlands H.S., TX
Victor Alejandro Pallares – Harlingen H.S., TX
Charles Tillery – Fountain Lake H.S., AR
Sarah Andrews – The Woodlands H.S., TX
Sammi Hembree – Dale High School, OK
Emily Kolakoski – Spanish Fort High School, AL
Carrington Tillery – Fountain Lake H.S., AR
Bethany Webb – Cornerstone Christian, AL

Midwest Region Athletes of the Year

Chris Kordick – An all-district baseball player at Salem High School in Canton, Michigan, he has always loved the game of baseball. Chris says, “I hope to play collegiate baseball and reach many players and coaches to where I can lead by example and walk in faith. I ask God daily to give me the opportunity share His glory in a way He has planned for me, that is why I strive daily to see His plans.” Chris’ favorite Psalm is 84 in which the psalmist writes, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.”

Brittney McClain – An all-conference cross country runner and team captain, at Bowling Green High School in Missouri, Brittney says, “Racing has connected me to many people who I am now friends with. It has given me the opportunity to witness to them.” Brittney also lead Cats4Christ, a student-led Christian organization that meets once a week before school for fellowship. “I’ve gotten the pleasure of leading my peers to become bold passionate Christians. This year alone the group has tripled in size.” says Brittney.

1st Team all-Region

Jonathan Bennett – Osseo Senior High, MN
Gabriel Genovesi – Homestead H.S., WI
John Lietz – Divine Child High School, MI
Mark Spare – Ashland High School, KS
Joshua Thomas – Dayton Christian, OH
Lauren Felton – Appleton West H.S., WI
Sarah Julian – Talawanda High School, OH
Alexis Leggett – Park Hill Senior H.S., MO
Anna Pomento – Athens High School, OH
Kaitlyn Squanda – Reese High School, MI

East Region Athletes of the Year

Cameron Vaile – A senior from Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia, Cameron was the team captian, team MVP and an all-district selection for his team which was runner up in the State championship. A leader and co-founder of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle at his school, Cameron has seen lives changed and given to Christ through his ministry efforts. Cameron says, ” There’s no better feeling than to see people get saved through something God allowed you to do.”

Gabrielle Frawley – A senior at Williamson Senior High School in New York, Gabrielle was designated an all-county first team all star in soccer, in additon to her participation in track and field. Gabrielle is a founding member and leader of her local Young Life organization. In additon to Young Life, Gabrielle has been able to share her athletic talent while coaching recreation soccer in the summer. Gabrielle says that, “seeing the positive influence I could have on children while doing something I love astounded me.”

1st Team all-Region

Steven Licht – Thomas Jefferson H.S., PA
Brandt Lykins – Jefferson High School, WV
Brad Miles – North Penn High School, PA
Saemy Plaisir – Pompano Beach High, FL
Jared Saintsing – High Point Christian, NC
Ashley Cope – First Presbyterian D.S., GA
Mendy Hanson – Apalachee High School, GA
Maria Kuehl – Farmington High School, NH
Sydnei Lester – Tazewell High School, VA
Melanie Mikus – Connelly School, MD

Indiana State Athletes of the Year

Weston Johnson – An all-city soccer play and team captain at Covenant Christian School, Weston has made a connection between sharing his faith and sport. “Wherever I have gone, I’ve noticed that sports is the grand connection between people. It draws us together which, in turn, opens up or begins a relationship between people. This common interest presents a tremendous opportunity whether it be just simply creating a good relationship or also showing your faith in your attitude on the field. Playing with a Christ-like attitude shows others that you have something greater than that game or that you know that the game truly has no eternal value. And I’ll admit, it’s probably the hardest thing for me to do. But I know that there are tons of people out there watching me and every little thing I do tells them alot about me. In college, I plan on getting involved in some missions trips and also working with youth. Because sports is such an easy way to build relationships, I can minister to small children and share with them the grace of God and the reason that I play.”

Maggie Talbert – A senior at Western High School in Russiaville, Indiana, Maggie was all-conference in golf and all-county in track and field. A Bible verse that has helps inspire Maggie comes from Phillipians 4, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Maggie says, “When I heard this powerful scripture, it was almost like a light in the dark. I was lost and did not believe in myself. Then I realized that with God, I could do whatever I desired despite hardship.”

1st Team all-State

Jacob Gibson – Francis Joseph Reitz H.S.
John Kidd – Home School
Joseph Lyon – Brownsburg High School
Joshua Pinkowski – Tippecanoe Valley H.S.
Adam Wroughton – Lake Central High School
Sarah Hales – Pendleton Heights High School
Caitlin Hansen – Roncalli High School
Jenna Hebbe – Shelbyville High School
Ivana Huang – Carmel High School
Carli Mast – West Noble High School