Plant City High junior selected for Schwarzkopf award
PLANT CITY A 16-year-old Plant City High School junior has selected for an honor named for one of the country’s war heroes. Kellyanne Hurst, daughter of Karen and Michael Hurst of Plant City, was one of five students recipients of the 2013 General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award. The honor is based on exceptional performance in such areas as academics, athletics and leadership. Hurst, captain of the Raider golf team, has a 5.84 weighted grade point average and is in the top five in her class. “I am honored to be recognized for my leadership abilities and good character,” she said. Winners of the award receive a trophy and other recognition from the West Point Society of the Florida West Coast. They are nominated by their school administrators and have to submit a 300 word essay on “Duty, Honor, Country,” which is the motto of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.Her essay related how she uses those principles on the golf team. Her paper also praised Schwarzkopf, commander of coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War who died in December. “He held high expectations for himself and those around him and he exemplified the ideals of the motto: Duty, Honor and Country,” she wrote. In addition to her academics and athletic accomplishments, Hurst is active in the youth group at St. Clement Catholic Church, the Civinettes club, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and food drives. She is interested in attending the U.S. Naval Academy. Other area recipients include Jonathan Ayers, Berkley Preparatory School; Taylor Brandt, Pasco High School; Colten Caldwell, Chamberlain High School; and Patrick Wall, Sarasota Riverview High School.