Purcellville (May 13, 2014) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Brandon Grayson has been named the 3A Male Athlete of the Year by the Virginia High School League. Grayson 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.
Grayson, one of 19 winners from a pool of over 200 students throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, will also receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Group 3A Male Athlete of the Year – Brandon Grayson, Loudoun Valley HS, Middleburg, VA
Brandon lettered four years in baseball and three years in football, while excelling in both On the diamond, Brandon was named his team’s MVP as a sophomore and earned all-district honors as a junior. In football, Brandon was named Conference 28 co-defensive player of the year honors, while also earning first-team all-conference and 3A East honors at linebacker. He also captained both his baseball and football teams.
In the classroom, Brandon is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained a 3.65 GPA. He is a member of the CAMPUS program, a Loudoun County Public Schools college preparatory program for minority and first-generation college students. He is an Early College Scholar and Commonwealth Scholar. He also is member of the Future Business Leaders of America; a Campus Ambassador; Safe School Ambassador for Bully Prevention; New Wilderness Ambassador teaching of cultural differences; One School One Community member; member of the 2013 Homecoming Court and provides assistance to teachers for classroom setup.
Brandon’s volunteer activities includes: mentor in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Zion Scholar program; Carver Senior Center events assistant; Purcellville Emancipation History Ceremony participant; organizing first day packets at Blue Ridge Middle School; lawn service for senior citizens; camp counselor at Youth People Safe Haven for at-risk teens; cleanup committees at church; mentor with Little League football camp and Mickey Gordon baseball tournament.
Brandon will attend West Virginia Wesleyan and plans to study international 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.