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Britny Went | Sickles Girls Scholar-Athlete of the Year
By JOEY KNIGHT
Published June 24, 2007
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 6.2/4.0
Standardized test score: 31 ACT
Sports: Swimming (four years), track and field (two years)
Class schedule as senior: Honors math analysis, honors orchestra, honors physics, practical arts, AP biology, AP English literature, honors economics
Proudest academic accomplishment: Perfect academic record from kindergarten through 12th grade
Proudest athletic accomplishment: Qualifying for the Class 3A meet in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays as a sophomore. "It was the same girls on both teams, " Went said. "We were all on the same club team and same high school team, so we were very, very close."
Other feats: Named Sickles' female scholar-athlete of the year as a senior. ...State swim meet qualifier for four years. ... Swim team MVP two years. ... Member of USA Swimming Academic All-America team. ... Member of Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) and University of Tampa Quad-County Honor String Orchestra.
Last class in which she earned lower than a B: Never. Has earned straight A's all of her life and graduated sixth overall.
Plans: Will attend Florida Gulf Coast University and walk-on to the swim team. She plans to major in occupational therapy.
Did you know?: Has played the violin since sixth grade.
Quotable: "She's the type of kid that is very stoic, very mature. It's almost like she's ahead of her time. That's the way I saw her." - Sickles principal Jake Russell
Weighted/Unweighted GPA: 5.58/3.94
Standardized test scores: 1180 SAT, 28 ACT
Sports: Flag football, soccer
Notable: Named King's Outstanding Math Student for 2006-07. ... Named soccer team's outstanding offensive player all four seasons. ... First-team all-Western Conference flag football team (Federal Division). ... Member of Hillsborough County Senior All-Star soccer team. ... Member of Principal's Honor Roll
Weighted/Unweighted GPA: 5.749/3.7
Standardized test score: 1280 SAT
Sports: Track and field, soccer, swimming, flag football
Notable: Never earned less than a B in high school. ... Member of National Society of High School Scholars. ... Received Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction and President's Award for Educational Excellence.
Academy of the Holy Names
Unweighted GPA: 3.61
Standardized test score: 26 ACT
Sports: Basketball, softball
Notable: Scored more than 1, 600 points for basketball team, leading Jaguars to Class 3A semifinals as a senior. ... Led Jaguars in assists four consecutive seasons. ... Named president of Golden Girls/Spirit Club as senior.
Plans: Tampa (on a basketball scholarship)
Weighted/Unweighted GPA: 6.44/4.0
Standardized test scores: 1180 SAT, 25 ACT
Sports: Tennis, volleyball
Notable: Volleyball team captain as junior and senior. ... National Honor Society treasurer in 2006-07. ... Tennis Sportsmanship Award in 2006. ... Girls State delegate in 2006. ... Member of BETA Club, student government and Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society)
Weighted/Unweighted GPA: 5.45/3.89
Standardized test score: 1350 SAT
Sports: Cross country, soccer, track and field
Notable: Member of Principal's Honor Roll. ... Student government senior class secretary. ... Class 4A region track qualifier in 1, 600 meters and 4x800 relay as senior. ... 11th at Class 4A, District 4 cross country meet. ... Received Certificate of Honorable Merit for Outstanding Performance on National Latin Exam.