South Riding (May 13, 2014) – Freedom High School senior Kyle Wrighte has been named the 5A Male Athlete of the Year by the Virginia High School League. Wrighte was in Charlottesville Monday to pick up the Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award, the highest honor given by the VHSL to students that have excelled academically, lettered in one VHSL athletic or academic activity and have been involved in other school functions or community service work.
Wrighte, one of 19 winners from a pool of over 200 students throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, will also receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Group 5A Male Athlete of the Year – Kyle Wrighte, Freedom HS, South Riding, VA
Kyle has earned five varsity letters in his high school career, including four in baseball and one in basketball His stellar baseball career includes pre-season All-American honorable mention by Perfect Game. He’s also earned all-district honors at shortstop is the Atlantic Coast Top Prospect infield velocity record holder at 91 mph. On the hardwood, he owns the Freedom single-game and season assist record.
In the classroom, Kyle maintains a 3.96 GPA while being involved in DECA, BEAST tutoring, volunteering as a Lab tutor school store employee, PTSA member, athletic booster member and a Freedom Baseball Youth Camp instructor.
In the community, Kyle has been a member of Young Life Christian Organization for Teens; Dulles Community Church Youth Group and has served as alter server at the Corpus Christi Catholic Mission. He also umpires Loudoun South Little League, works as an instructor at the Rip City Fitness; is a special Olympics referee and trains youth baseball players.
Kyle will attend the College of William & Mary on a baseball scholarship and plans to pursue a degree in business.
All 2013-14 Winners
Group 1A Female Athlete of the Year – Quinlan Moore, Middlesex
Group 1A Male Athlete of the Year – Cole Schafer, Radford
Group 1A Academic Activity – Zachary White, George Wythe-Wytheville
Group 2A Female Athlete of the Year – Harley Jones, Brunswick
Group 2A Male Athlete of the Year – Mark Fleckenstein, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
Group 2A Academic Activity – Hannah Collins, Central-Wise
Group 3A Female Athlete of the Year – Elena West, Northside
Group 3A Male Athlete of the Year – Brandon Grayson, Loudoun Valley
Group 3A Academic Activity – Margaret Spindel, Western Albemarle
Group 4A Female Athlete of the Year – Hannah Meador, Fluvanna County
Group 4A Male Athlete of the Year – Reid Entsminger, Sherando
Group 4A Academic Activity – Tyler Edwards, Harrisonburg
Group 5A Female Athlete of the Year – Bailey Kolonich, Robert E. Lee-Springfield
Group 5A Male Athlete of the Year – Kyle Wrighte, Freedom-South Riding
Group 5A Academic Activity – Kate McDaniel, Henrico
Group 6A Female Athlete of the Year – Cassandra Rich, Grassfield
Group 6A Male Athlete of the Year – John Will, Ocean Lakes
Group 6A Academic Activity – Destiny Gammon, Annandale
ABOUT THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION / VHSL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Allstate Foundation / VHSL Achievement Awards have been presented since 1992 to the outstanding male athlete, female athlete and academic activities participant in Groups 1A through 6A. One student is also recognized with the Andrew Mullins Courageous Achievement Award, which honors courageous achievement in overcoming exceptional circumstances to find success in VHSL activities.
Students must have earned a minimum 3.00 grade point average and have made significant contributions to VHSL activities in order to qualify for consideration. Nominees are also heavily involved in other activities and volunteer work in the school and in the community. A completed application includes a 500-word student essay, letters of recommendation from two people who know the student’s work well, and an endorsement by the school principal.
About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.allstatefoundation.org.