Student-athletes are often recognized for their exploits in the swimming pool or on the basketball court or wrestling mat, but what they do outside of competition goes unnoticed most of the time.
However, the Utah High School Activities Association, with the help of the Deseret News, makes sure the “student” half of the term “student-athlete” receives its due, as well, with the annual Academic All-State awards, handed out to the senior athletes across the state who record the highest grade-point averages while contributing to their teams at the varsity level. A dozen Tooele County student-athletes were so honored following the recent conclusion of the swimming, basketball and wrestling seasons by being named to their respective Academic All-State teams.
Grantsville senior Dustin Scott earned Academic All-State honors in Class 3A boys wrestling, while Jade Garcia was on the Class 3A girls wrestling team. Tooele’s Jaynna Cramer, Vanessa Andersen and Veronica Andersen were honored with spots on the Class 4A girls wrestling team.
Hillary Cloward represented Grantsville on the Class 3A girls basketball team. Grayson McKeever was on the Class 3A boys basketball team for Grantsville, while Tooele’s McCade Laughlin and Justin Rogers were among the top students in Class 4A boys basketball.
Grantsville swimmers Ben Smurthwaite and Evan Thomas received Academic All-State recognition on the Class 3A boys swimming team. Stansbury’s Joshua Reynolds was listed on the Class 4A boys swimming team.