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Pair of Incoming Freshmen Earn FHSAA Academic Honors

Pair of Incoming Freshmen Earn FHSAA Academic Honors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two incoming Covenant freshmen earned Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Academic All-State honors for spring 2013. Kaitlyn Sirmons (Softball) and Jay Finlayson (Men's Basketball) were the two recipients.

Covenant was one of only four institutions to have two or more incoming athletes make the list. The other three institutions were Harvard University, University of Chicago and Rice University.

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.

Sirmons had a 3.94 grade point average, ranking fourth in her senior class of 20 students. She earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball all four years in high school, plus two varsity letters in competitive cheerleading. In addition to her academics and athletics, Sirmons was involved with student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Senior Beta Club, Senior Brain Bowl, piano, dance, Spirit Club, Environmental Club and journalism throughout her high school career.  She has also been active in her community and has acquired more than 769 hours of volunteer service.

Finlayson has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school. He earned four varsity letters in basketball and cross country, as well as one in football. He was active in student government and participated in Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Brain Bowl all four years of high school. 

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