When a “tiny” three- year- old, Anne Carter (AC) Harding picked up her first bat in the Bam-Bam league, little did she know a course had been set for the next twelve years. It culminated last week when it was announced that ‘AC’ had been recognized as the 2019 Class 1 Female Athlete of the Year by the VHSL.
Since 1992, the Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Awards have been presented to the outstanding male and female athlete and academic activities participant in Groups A, AA, and AAA.
This year, nineteen $1,500 scholarships and a silver bowl will be given out an awards banquet. Over 200 applications were reviewed and presented on the criteria of a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; students have won at least one varsity letter in the VHSL sport/academic activity; involvement in school sponsored activities; involvement in activities outside of school; two letters of support, and a 500-word student essay describing how extracurricular activities have enhanced their educational experience. Ms. Harding is only the second Washington & Lee High School athlete/scholar to win this prestigious award. Ali Jones received the Allstate Foundation/VHSL William Andrew Mullins Courageous Achievement Award in 2012.
Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun, Executive Director of the Virginia High School League, said of Anne’s selection, “The Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award recognizes excellence and a way to applaud our youth for their outstanding work on and off the playing fields. We commend Anne for her stellar performances in athletics, in the classroom, as well as in her local community.”
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Harding and Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry