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The Top 5 2014 Athleader All-Americans!

We’ve asked college coaches and Athletic Directors to submit nominees from their respective programs for a spot on the Athleader All-American Team. Each nominee must exemplify all the characteristics of an Athleader:

• Excelling in the classroom, on the field of play and in the community
• Having an all-in attitude/all-out work ethic
• Putting the team first
• And having a thirst for learning

This team was put together to celebrate exceptional student-athletes and to encourage future college athletes to lead by example.

So without further ado, below are the selected members of the 2014 Athleader All-American Team!

Kyle Vasher

Grad Class: 2016
College: Hartnell College
Sport: Men’s Basketball
Position: Forward
Stats: 23.4 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 5.1 assists per game
Accolades: 1st team all-conference
Cumulative GPA: 3.95
Academics: Physical Education/Spanish

About Kyle
“Kyle has provided over 100 hours of outreach and service in the community this past year. His projects involved tutoring, teaching youth Sunday school classes at his church, delivering Thanksgiving baskets and Easter Dinner baskets to the needy families of Monterey County. After his freshmen year, where he was 1st Team all-conference and Freshman of the year, he left to serve a two year mission for his church. He embodies what it means to be a student/athlete.” – Andrew Vasher, Hartnell Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Renee Joran

Grad Class: 2014
College: Macalester College
Sport: Women’s Swimming & Diving
Position: Diving
Stats: Broke all 4 Macalester Diving Records this season, National Champion at 2014 NCAAs – first in program history at Macalester
Accolades: 3 X All-American, holds all 4 diving school records, at 2014 D. III NCAAs National Champion on 1 meter and 4th on 3 meter
Cumulative GPA: 3.30 in Chem/BioChem & minor in Bio/Philosophy
Academics: Published writer for Macalester College Environmental Studies Dept, conducted research in at U of AZ and U o Wisconsin Milwaukee

About Renee
“Renee served as a captain during the 2012-2013 season and strived to connect and unite the swimmers AND divers as one cohesive TEAM. She’s a member of the Fossil Free Macalester Community, Alaska Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and has been a volunteer tutor for middle schoolers in math. She loves to give back to her team and her community.
When Renee was recognized this year as the Macalester College Female Athlete of the Year, she didn’t focus on her personal achievements (becoming the first National Champion in the history of our Swimming & Diving program, a 3 X All American, winning a Conference Championship, winning a Regional Championship, and breaking all four Macalester diving school records this season). Instead, Renee thanked her teammates, coaches, friends, and the administration for the opportunity to be a part of the Macalester Swimming & Diving team, and she graciously and humbly thanked them for their support.
Renee is a fine example of one who gives back even more than she receives, and who values others and supports them in every way.” –Beth Whittle, Macalester Head Women’s Swimming & Diving Coach
Veronica Dabrowski

Grad Class: 2014
College: Harper College
Sport: Volleyball
Position: Middle Hitter
Stats: 174 sets; and had 475 kills; 534 of 596 serves; 76 aces; 335 digs;
105.5 blocks; 76 aces; 19 assists
Accolades: All-Conference, All-Region and made it to the All-Region Tournament team plus named All-American first team!
Cumulative GPA: 3.8 GPA
Academics: Pre-Med

About Veronica
“Veronica was invited to be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa nationally recognized honors program. In addition, she must keep a certain GPA. Many 4-year colleges recognize that and give additional scholarship money to members.
She applied and was accepted into the Honors Program at Harper, which allowed her to take honors classes, which of course she did.
Regarding volunteer work, for the last 3 years Veronica volunteered as a Polish Girl Scout Troop leader. She ran weekly meetings, and if that wasn’t enough, they were entirely in Polish! In addition, she organized field trips for them.” – Bob Vilsoet, Harper Volleyball Coach
Kaitlyn Richardson

Grad Class: Marketing
College: University of Minnesota
Sport: Softball
Position: Utility
Stats: Hit .430 with 10 home runs, 11 doubles and 43 RBI in 55 games in 2013.
Accolades: Third-Team All-America, First-team All-Big Ten and all-region, Academic All-Big Ten
Cumulative GPA: 3.822
Academics: Gold Scholar-Athlete, four-time Dean’s List

About Kaitlyn
”This All-American utility player has impressed in the classroom and has also done over 90 hours of community service with East Side Neighborhood Services, the Kidstop Program, Camp Odayin, the KinderCare Learning Center, the Minnesota Department of Education, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Twins Fest, ACES and Feed My Starving Children.” – Jake Ford, U of M Sports Information Director
Ross Kivett

Grad Class: 2014
College: Kansas State U
Sport: Baseball
Position: 2nd base
Stats: .360 batting average; 29 stolen bases; .449 on base average
Accolades: Big 12 player of year, 3rd team All-American, 10th round draft pick for the Cleveland Indians
Cumulative GPA: 3.3
Academics: Communications

About Ross
“Ross has been a leader by example since he set foot on campus as a freshman. He was the vocal leader of our Big 12 Championship Team last year.
Ross is very unselfish and supported the younger players in the program.
He turned down a MLB contract to come back to school with the opportunity to play in Omaha as his ultimate goal. During this fall he achieved a 4.0 GPA and participated in the most community service projects on the team. This displays tremendous character as most kids would take the path of least resistance as a senior. He is a unique, mature young man who is a tremendous role model for all our players and displays all the characteristics a coach can ask for in a student/athlete.” – Brad Hill, KSU Baseball Coach
Well, there you have it! 5 extraordinary Athleaders! Many fine candidates were submitted but out of all of them, these 5 young men and women best represent what it means to be an Athleader.

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Aaron Sorenson