This year, the AAU is proud to present two $10,000 scholarships to Audrey Faulhaber and Nathan Sherfey. Along with these two grand prize winners, the AAU also gave away six $2,500 scholarships to Autumn Kramer, Mary Ann Santucci, Christina Soto, Brandon Marshall, Mason Rogers and Liam Fitzgerald.
Every year the High School Sullivan Award is presented to high school student-athletes who show outstanding athletic abilities, leadership skills, a diversity in their activities and service, sportsmanship and strength of character, not only in their sport, but in their community. This award is given annually to four female athletes and four male athletes that have participated in the AAU and is named after James E. Sullivan, a past President of the Amateur Athletic Union, and a pioneer in amateur sports. Based on the qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship, the AAU High School Sullivan Award goes far beyond athletic accomplishment and honors those with leadership skills, strong character as evidenced by his and her lifestyle as a whole.
The two grand prize winners, Faulhaber and Sherfey, will be presented the 2014 AAU High School Sullivan Award in a ceremony during the AAU Wrestling Scholastic Duals on the weekend on June 28th.
2014 Female AAU High School Sullivan Award Winner
Audrey Faulhaber, the female recipient of this year’s AAU High School Sullivan Award, attends Batavia High School District 101 in Illinois, where she is an exemplary student. Faulhaber maintains a 4.25 GPA, while participating in AP and Honors level courses. She was a member of the Honor Roll from 2010-2014 and has earned straight A’s for her entire high school career. She was a member of the National Honor Society and received the AVCA All Academic All American, All Academic All Conference and Illinois State Scholar awards.
Her work in the classroom is impressive but she also manages to carry that success with her to the volleyball court. Throughout her high school volleyball career, she has earned several accolades, including the Player of the Year on her team, the All Program Player of the Year, All Area Honorable Mention and the Fighting Spirit Award. In her senior year alone, she was ranked top ten all for career setting consistency, assists and dig percentage. As a senior, she was ranked #1 All-Time for Most Assists in a Season with 745 by demolishing her previous record from her junior year (715). Faulhaber also participated in AAU Volleyball and traveled to the AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships and said placing in that tournament was one of her greatest athletic accomplishments.
“Without a doubt, the most important athletic accomplishment was placing 9th in the 17 Club Gold Bracket last year in AAU,” said Faulhaber. “The friendly, competitive atmosphere AAU brings mixed with the amazing feeling of achieving 9th in the nation, marks one of the best athletic experiences of my life.”
She also created Athletes Against Hunger within her entire volleyball program. Athletes Against Hunger delivered empty bags to neighborhoods in Batavia, Illinois. People were to fill those bags with non-perishable items and the teams would come pick them up a week later. She, along with her volleyball team, collected over 1,100 items. She plans to continue Athletes Against Hunger and expand it to other sports. She plans on playing volleyball at St. Olaf College and majoring in Pre-Medicine and Mathematics, with a Neuroscience concentration. In the future, she plans on going to medical school to reach her goal of becoming a neurologist.
2014 Male AAU High School Sullivan Award Winner
Nathan Sherfey is the male recipient of the AAU High School Sullivan Award. He attends W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Washington, where he maintains a 4.0 GPA for all four years of high school, while taking AP and Honors classes. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was named as one of the Top 10 Seniors 2014. He was nominated by the science program to be a Bio Tech Student Mentor, which is only offered to students with the highest grades in science and was nominated by the principal as a Link Crew Mentor. He is also the W.F. West High School Valedictorian for 2014. He manages to find time to serve on the Student Council for three years, first as a representative and then as the Treasurer. He also participates in several charity events and volunteers around his community.
On the court, Sherfey is just as impressive, earning himself the All League First Team Basketball, All League Second Team, and the Evergreen League Academic Award for Basketball and Football. The Senior Captain of the Basketball team lettered four years in varsity basketball and three years in football. In his senior year, he was also awarded the Lewis County All Stars 3-point Champion. He participated in AAU basketball for six years and says “scoring 18 points and beating our local rival team, ‘Friends of Hoops’ during an AAU tournament with college coaches watching” was his most cherished AAU memory.
Sherfey plans on earning his bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Business.
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