Now in its 26th year of honoring the nation’s elite high school athletes with the Gatorade Player of the Year award, The Gatorade Company presented the ninth annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards to the nation’s best overall male and female high school athletes this evening.
In the female category, senior Morgan Brian of Frederica Academy received the 2010-11 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year award at a dinner reception in Los Angeles. Her stats are stellar, her athleticism awesome and she’s a great student.
Brian, a center midfielder, led her high school to a 17-2-1 record this spring and a fourth straight Georgia Independent School Association Class AA state title. She scored 71 goals and passed for 30 assists in her senior season and was selected captain of USA U-20 National Team at the age of 18. Brian was also 2010 PARADE Magazine National High School Soccer Player of the Year, 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association Youth Player of the Year and PARADE Magazine’s High School All-American. Through her prep career, Brian recorded an amazing186 goals and 95 assists.This tremendous athlete has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Virginia in the fall.
As a student, Brian has a 3.84 GPA and she artfully balances athletics, academics and giving back to the game she loves.
The Gatorade Player of the Year award is on of the most prestigious high school athletic award in the nation. Since 1985, the POY program has honored more than 11,000 state and 234 national winners in a variety of sports. Many past national winners have gone on to become some of today’s top professional athletes, including Lisa Leslie, Allyson Felix, Candace Parker and Kerri Walsh.
Congratulations, Morgan – you’re in great company!
(Note: Check back for more videos and interviews with the nominees)
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