July 14, 2014
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By Tyler Wooten
LOS ANGELES -- Saluki track and field signee Raven Saunders will attend The ESPY Awards Show as one of 12 female finalists for the Gatorade National Athlete of the Year Award.
Saunders and the other 11 female finalists -- as well as the 12 men's finalists -- will attend a dinner ceremony Tuesday evening (July 15) in Los Angeles prior to the ESPY Awards Show on Wednesday night (July 16) to crown the male and female winners. ESPN's Hannah Storm will emcee the event, and awards will be presented by Brandon Knight of the Milwaukee Bucks (2010 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year) and former U.S. women's national soccer team star Mia Hamm.
Since 1985, Gatorade has crowned state and national players of the year, but this is only the 12th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year ceremony. In addition to superb athletic performance, award winners must excel in the classroom and demonstrate strong character. Winners are selected by a panel of nationwide sportswriters and commentators.
In addition to the ceremony Tuesday night, all 24 nominees will walk the red carpet and attend the 2014 ESPY Awards Show on Wednesday -- the 22nd iteration of ESPN's annual awards show that will begin at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
The future Saluki shattered the all-time girls national record several times in 2014, the last time coming at 17.27m (56-08.25) -- which, would have placed her fourth at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships in 2014. Since, Saunders has gone on to win the USA national junior title in the event, thus punching her ticket for the IAAF Junior World Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on July 22-27.
Signed an NLI to Southern Illinois on March 17, 2014
Named 2014 Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year
One of 12 Gatorade finalists invited to The ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 16 for the chance to be named the 2014 Gatorade National Athlete of the Year
2014 New Balance Indoor and Outdoor National Champion in the shot put
Broke the all-time national girls high school shot put record several times in 2014; her latest registering at 17.27m (56-08.25)
Latest PR would have finished fourth at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships in 2014
Won 2014 USA Junior Outdoor national shot put title, qualifying her for the Junior World Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on July 22-27
Broke South Carolina state shot put record by 11 feet en route to state shot put title
Also won the state discus title by 42 feet
Academic and Community Service Resume:
President of the Burke High Senior Class
President of the Burke High Student Government
Volunteer for SkillsUSA, a national student empowerment organization
Active participant in Burke's DECA chapter for emerging business leaders
Volunteered as Burke's Bulldog mascot at athletic events for two years