Winners

Allison Burns

National Athlete of the Year

Allison Burns
High School: Hanover High School
City: Mechanicsville, VA
Team Name: Hawks
Grade: Senior
Sport: Cross-Country and Track & Field
Position: Long Distance and Pole Vault

Stats: 2014-2015
800 Meters: 2:37.98
1600 Meters: 6:09.05
3200 Meters: 12:42.29
4×800 Relay: 10:03.23

Sports:
– Cross-Country – All Academic Conference Runner, All Academic Regional Runner, Most Improved Runner, State Competitor.
– Track & Field – All Region, All Academic Conference Runner, State Competitor.

Academic Accomplishments:
– 3.9 GPA (Unweighted)
– ACT Score 29
– SAT Score 1800

Top Leadership/Volunteer Accomplishments:
– War Council for Christ administrator and planner – Derived from Ephesians 6:12, this is an event gathering local students from our county to kick off the school year with focus on praying for our schools and community and equipping students to be a light in their schools.
– Leadership Development Monday Morning Study, Student Leader of Middle School Youth Group, led a mission trip to the Tenderloins of San Francisco, CA.

Highlights and Quotes:

Allison uses her success through her athletic achievements for the Lord as she states, “I strive to live a very intentional and purposeful life, from my action to my choices and to my attitude. I want my relationship with God to be evident and my lifestyle to reflect the love of God so that others will come to know Him as their Lord and Savior.” Allison has had many opportunities to share the Gospel with her teammates. “I run all three seasons at school and invest copious amounts of time and energy into the sport, but more importantly into the friendships with my teammates. I utilize this time to be a source of light and love to my team. I have been able to witness a lot of my teammates transform their attitudes and behaviors as they grow deeper in their relationship with God.”

Allison’s testimony is one of overcoming medical circumstances and healing from family situations. Through all that she keeps her focus strong on Jesus as she states, “My present relationship with Christ means everything to me. He is my loving Father that is unchanging, all powerful, and able to heal a broken heart and body. I strive to live my life in total surrender to God and His will because I understand that God’s plan is far greater for me than I could every possibly imagine.”