Loudoun County, VA (May 12, 2015) – Anna Wasko, a senior at Tuscarora High School, has been named Group 5A Female Athlete of the Year as part of the 2015 The Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award program.
This is the highest honor given by the Virginia High School League (VHSL). It is presented to students who have excelled in the classroom and in athletic and academic activities. Wasko will be honored at a luncheon on Monday at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.
A committee of high school athletic directors and media members selected 19 state winners for a $1,500 scholarship from a pool of over 250 students.
Wasko has earned seven varsity letters at Tuscarora, including four in cross country and three in outdoor track. She’s earned All‐Conference, All‐Region and All‐State honors in both sports, helping the Huskies’ cross country team to the school’s first state title.
Wasko has been on the All‐A Honor Roll and 4.0 and Above Honor Roll every semester since her freshman year. A member of the National Honor Society, her extracurricular activities include Key Club; Altruist Club; Fitness and Adventure Club; UNICEF Club; Varsity Club; and Future Educators of America. Her numerous volunteer activities include Girls on the Run and the Faith Formation.
Wasko will attend the College of William & Mary in the fall, where she will run on the cross country team.
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 3.0 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.