Florida Keys Weekly

First MHS Dolphin chosen for FHSAA Academic All State Team 

Marina Kay Wiatt was an athletic standout in cross country, soccer and tennis. She was recently named one of 12 female athletes from across the state to the Florida High School Athletic Association All State Academic Team.

Shortly after solidifying her decision to become a University of Florida Gator instead of a Duke University Blue Devil, Marathon High School senior Marina Kay Wiatt got word of yet another accolade to add to her growing list.

Athletic Director Teresa Konrath received word that Wiatt is among one of 12 female athletes from across the entire state high school athletic system to be chosen for the 2012 Florida High School Athletic Association Academic All State Team.

“This is one of the most prestigious awards in the state, and it just goes to show there are good things happening here at Marathon High School,” Konrath commended.

In order to be nominated, student athletes must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA and play at least two varsity sports their junior and senior year.

FHSAA’s Quinton Ershock added that community service hours and employment are examined as part of the application process.

“She’s quite an outstanding young lady,” Ershock commended.

The $1,000 scholarship she’ll receive from FHSAA will add to the growing list of awards she’ll have at UF, including a full tuition John V. Lombardi Scholarship and $5,000 National Merit Scholarship finalist award.

During the June 11 banquet, Wiatt will read her application essay about what she learned from Hurricane Wilma.

The essay prompt for this year’s application posed: Steven Spielberg will direct a movie based on your life. Describe the first scene of the movie.

The soccer, cross-country and tennis all star recounted her experiences from Hurricane Wilma, which she said taught her about hard work and dedication.

“My last line of the essay said, ‘The message of the movie would be that the greatest rewards result from pushing yourself past your own perceived limits and realizing that there really are no limits after all.’” she explained. “All of the effort I have put into high school and sports is all paying off. It feels great to be recognized for it all.”


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Blair Shiver

Weekly Newspapers staff writer Blair Shiver has had a hard time finding any fellow Bulldogs down here in Gator Country. This Georgia native moved to Marathon nearly four years ago from New York City. She specializes in reporting and covering human-interest stories throughout the Keys. Blair currently serves on the board of Independence Cay, is a Take Stock in Children mentor, Marathon Jaycee and volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem.

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