for helping me take the first few steps to becoming a future problem solver. I am grateful for receiving the Dr. DeSimone BCAA Scholar Athlete Award because lord knows how hard I have worked to be the best that I could be in the classroom, the mat, and the field. Whether I continue to be an athlete at FIU, I will always remember the work that I put into academics and athletics, and the support from everyone in my life along my path to being the greatest problem solver I that dream to be.
2017 BCAA SCHOLAR ATHLETES
Cypress Bay High
Coleman is a four-year member of the golf team. He is the recipient of a 2016 Sun Sentinel Honorable Mention – All-County award. He is a member of the Cypress Bay High Newspaper staff where he serves as AD Designer/Editor. He is also an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar, a member of the School Advisory Council and the National Honor Society. He ranks #87 in a class of 1106 and has 236 documented volunteer service hours. He has applied to the University of Florida and the University of Miami.
Haley is a member of the soccer team and she was a member of the volleyball team. She was the recipient of a 2016 Sun Sentinel All County/Defender award. She is a member of the National Honor Society, where she serves as Service Coordinator, the National Spanish Honor Society, the National English Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society. She is also a member of Raiders for Autism and the CARE club. She has 261 documented volunteer service hours. She has applied to Villanova University and Auburn University.
St. Thomas Aquinas High
Nadine is a three-year member of the cheerleading team and was also a member of the flag football team. She has received honors on the Principal’s Honor Roll and the Straight A’s Honor Rolls. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Florida Future Educators of America. She is a Junior Coach for the City of Tamarac and a volunteer at her church with the Children’s Ministry. She ranks #63 in a class of 567 and has 251 documented volunteer service hours. She has applied to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and the University of Central Florida.
Natalie is a four-year member of the softball team, a four-year member of the volleyball team and a member of the soccer team. She was selected to the 2016 Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) All-Star Volleyball team as Defensive Specialist. She is an International Baccalaureate Student, an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar and has received honors on the Principal’s Straight A’s Honor Roll for 2015 – 2016, and the Honor Roll for all four years of high school. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society, where she serves as President. She is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta. She ranks #9 in a class of 500 and has 224 documented volunteer service hours. She has applied to Stanford University and Columbia University.
Martin is a four-year member of the swimming and diving team, where he serves as Captain, and a member of the water polo team. He has received honors as a Nation Hispanic Scholar and a National Merit Semifinalist. He is the recipient of a St. Thomas Aquinas/Wendy’s High School Heisman award. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, where he serves as Secretary, and is also a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Choir. He has 343.5 documented volunteer service hours. He has applied to Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida.
Martin John Grady Jr.
St. Thomas Aquinas