By Tamas Mondovics
Area student-athletes have been enjoying the spotlight from teachers, coaches, teammates, fans and the media for the past couple of months as attention is drawn to their achievements coupled with earning scholarships to further their education while playing the sport they love.
Most recently, Riverview High School hosted a college signing day celebrating for its student including Kierra Haywood and Kylee White.
Haywood committed to Florida State College where she will continue play basketball.
White will play soccer at South Eastern University.
While there are more talented students than room to mention, three East Bay High School seniors, Madeline Hornacek, Michelle Rodriguez and Quiana Jean-Baptiste, are also worth mentioning, all of whom completed a great season, both academically and athletically.
Hornacek records include a three year varsity letter in basketball and four years in flag football, vice president of girls flag football club, 2013 Most Valuable Player award, 2012 3rd Team All State, 2012 Parade of Athletes All-County team honorable mention, 2012 Western Conference Federal Division 1st team all-conference, 2013 All-State honorable mention, 2013 Parade of Athletes all county 2nd team and 2013 Western Conference Federal Division 1st team all-conference.
Rodriguez is a member of the girls’ flag football club, has a varsity letter in soccer and flag football all four years, 2012 Western Conference-Federal Division Honorable mention for soccer and her record includes 2013 Western Conference-Federal Division 2nd team all-conference, 2014 Western Conference-Federal Division 1st team all-conference for soccer, 2012 Parade of Athletes all county team honorable mention in flag football, 2012 Western Conference-Federal Division 1st team all-conference and the 2012 team defensive player of the year.