Three Whittell High School seniors were announced as recipients of prestigious Northern Nevada NIAA scholarships.
Emily Harris, Amanda Harris and Anders Chaplin received $1,500 each for their academic and athletic achievements this year.
I’m so proud of them,” Whittell athletic director Kathy Bluethman said. “I call it Warrior pride. They’re doing so well with academics and playing so many sports. I love it.”
A total of 10 of these scholarships are awarded each year, which means the school of about 155 students took three of the 10 Northern Nevada spots.
The Student-Athlete of the Year award is given to not just the top high school athletes in the Silver State, but to student-athletes who exemplify total school and community involvement. Special consideration in the selection process is given to student-athletes who participated in multiple sports, other school groups or student government activities, and community service projects while maintaining a high academic status within their school, according to the NIAA
Chaplin earned 10 varsity letters in three Division III sports (soccer, basketball and golf), held a 4.35 GPA, captured the valedictorian honor in his class of 39, and was extremely active with student government and community projects. He plans to attend Yale, Princeton or U.C. Santa Barbara and purse a degree in business administration.
Amanda Harris earned 11 varsity letters in three Division III sports (volleyball, basketball and softball), hoisted a 4.16 GPA, finished near the top of her school’s senior class, and led the state in community service hours and all-league accolades. Amanda plans to play volleyball for McDaniel College or Coker College and major in English — secondary education.
Emily Harris earned 11 varsity letters in three Division III sports (volleyball, basketball and softball), carried a 4.21 GPA, was the top-ranked female academically at the school, and also led Northern Nevada in community involvements. Emily plans to play volleyball for McDaniel College or Coker College and pursue a degree in the field of social services.
The NIAA contributed to this report.