2013 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team

Optimist Junior Golf recently announced the junior golfers of the 2013 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team. Those making the team exemplified an impressive balance of academics, golf and community service. After reviewing the qualifications of a record number of impressive applicants, the Optimist Junior Golf Committee selected the following exceptional student athletes for the team.

David Hicks: Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Lucas Hicks: Milton, Massachusetts
Justin Kim: Logan, Utah
Erin Lo: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Tara Simmons: Goldsboro, North Carolina
(also the recipient of the “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” Community Service Award)

The members of the Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team will receive automatic exemptions into the 2013 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships July 31-August 4 at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition, they will have their registration fee for the tournament waived. All of this year's honorees will also be recognized for their accomplishments at the tournament's opening ceremonies on July 31.

 

David Hicks
 
Lucas Hicks
 
Justin Kim

 
Erin Lo
 
Tara Simmons
 

David Hicks is at the top of his class finishing his sophomore year at the Middle Township High School ranked #1 of 201 in his class and maintaining a 4.667 GPA. He was the Valedictorian/Edmund B. Web Award recipient in his 8th grade class and has been on the Principal Honor Roll for all subjects throughout his freshman and sophomore years. Besides being on the varsity golf team, Hicks is a member of the Varsity Soccer Team, Student Council, Bible Club and Future Business Leaders of America. Hicks has played in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships the past two summers and placed first in the Optimist District Qualifier the last two years. In his spare time, he teaches and mentors physically and mentally challenged youth in soccer, donated his time at the Wetlands Institute through the biology program, gathered canned goods for the Key Club food drive and participated in the Community Cleanup projects.

Lucas Hicks
is a junior at Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts. Hicks was tested at age 12 by a Johns Hopkins University program for the highly gifted and named as one of the most gifted students in the United States. He has been advanced a grade and his current courses include Chinese III, Honor Physics and Advanced Topics in Math. He is a member of the Massachusetts National Math Counts team, which is made up of the top four math students in the state. He was the winner of academic scholarships to Suffolk University and Wentworth Institute of Technology at ages 12 and 13 because of math testing and competition. Hicks is a part of Noble’s varsity golf and ski race teams and also participates in independent ski racing; he is the winner of numerous state and national championships. He participated in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships last summer where he tied for 38th in the Boys 14-15 division and placed first in the District Qualifier. Hicks volunteers his time for a food service program, which provides meals for the critically ill and he also assisted in the clean-up of a beach in South Boston.

Justin Kim is completing his junior year at Logan High School in Utah with a schedule that includes three AP classes. Kim is President of MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Association), Captain of the varsity golf team, Principal Cellist of the All State Orchestra 2013, editor and writer of his high school newspaper and Section Leader of the Chamber Orchestra. Kim has received high honors in the Utah State Math Contest, American Mathematics Competition and the National Chemistry Olympiad. He was the cello soloist on the American Strings Teacher’s Association Honor Recital and was the Logan High School Concerto 2013 winner. In 2012, he earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest award in the Scouting program. Kim participated in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships last summer and was a part of the Utah All State Golf Team. He volunteers with the Eagle Scouts, Mountain West Strings Summer Camp, Junior Golf Camps and plays with the 21 String Quintet at nursing homes and fundraisers.

Erin Lo is finishing her senior year at William Penn Charter School in Pennsylvania. She has received high honors throughout high school and scored high on the SAT. Last year, she received the Class of 1897 Prize, which goes to a member of the junior class who has combined high scholarship with character and leadership in school activities. Lo is the varsity golf and varsity tennis Captain, Co-founder of both the Science Peer Tutor System and the Book Club, a leader in the Business Club, writing center peer tutor and Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook. She is active with the First Tee of Greater Philadelphia. Lo won the qualifier in the Atlantic Central District, made the cut last year in the Girls 15-18 division at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and placed in the top three of her past five tournaments through the AJGA and International Junior Golf Tour.

Tara Simmons is at the top of her class as she finishes up her senior year at Charles B. Aycock High School in North Carolina. With a 4.0 GPA, Simmons is her school’s Valedictorian for the class of 2013 and has received numerous awards such as Highest PSAT and ACT Score, Student-Athlete Highest GPA, Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award, Work Keys National Gold Level Achievement and the Most Likely to Succeed superlative. Simmons is the National Honors Society President, Aycock Ambassador, 4-H County President, 3A Women’s Golf two-time State Champion, varsity golf and indoor/outdoor track team Captain. She also plays in the Concert Band All-County as First Chair French horn. She has been involved in a wide variety of community service including Peru Global Citizen Community Service Project, Citizenship Focus, Junior Leadership of Wayne County, ACT Prep class student teacher, active with the 4-H at the Wayne County Fair, Soup-er Bowl, Science Wagon, Abstinence Rose Banquet, 4-H Junior Leader Summer Camp Counselor and Workshop Teacher. Simmons has been named this year’s recipient of the "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" Community Service Award.

The All-Scholastic Team is named for Hugh Cranford, who served as executive director of Optimist International from 1967 to 1986. He was instrumental in starting the Optimist Junior Golf program and in 1978 led the efforts to co-sponsor the Optimist Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, the forerunner to today's Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Cranford served as chairman of the Optimist Junior Golf Committee and is an emeritus member of the committee.

About the Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team
To learn more about the All-Scholastic Team, click here.

Past All-Scholastic Teams

2012 -- James Black (Gastonia, North Carolina); Mackenzie Boydston (Keller, Texas); Lauren Kruszewski (Chesapeake, Virginia); Jeffrey Lang* (Lexington, Massachusetts); Mert Selamet (Dublin, Ohio). To read more about the 2012 Optimist International All-Scholastic Team, click here.
*"Bringing Out the Best in Kids" Community Service Award Winner

2011-- Will Davenport (Palm City, Florida); Forrest Gamble (Birmingham, Albama); Haley King ( Elkhart, Indiana); Caroline Rouse* (St. Louis, Missouri); and David Sargent of (Davidson, North Carolina). To read more about the 2011 Optimist International All-Scholastic Team, click here.
*"Bringing Out the Best in Kids" Community Service Award Winner

2010 -- Michelle Chen (Plano, Texas); Kristen Helmsdoerfer* (Westerville, Ohio); David E. Mills (Evansville, Indiana); Shane Stewart (Dublin, Ohio); and Peyton Vitter (New Orleans, Louisiana). To read more about the 2010 Optimist International All-Scholastic Team, click here.
*"Bringing Out the Best in Kids" Community Service Award Winner

2009 -- Nicole Agnello (Longwood, Florida), David Catt (Shawnee, Kansas), Kaitlyn Hutcherson (Greeneville, Tennessee), Brandon Jobe (Fayetteville, North Carolina) and Patrick Cansfield* (Port Huron, Michigan). To read more about the 2009 Optimist International All-Scholastic Team, click here.
*"Bringing Out the Best in Kids" Community Service Award Winner

2008 -- Adam Carpenter (Little Rock, Arkansas); Katherine Jean (Rantoul, Illinois); Patrick Rodgers (Avon, Indiana); and Mark Wehner (Cincinnati, Ohio).  To read more about the 2008 Optimist International All-Scholastic Team, click here.

2007 -- Daniel Maurer (Longmont, Colorado); Chris Olson (Midlothian, Virginia); Alyssa Roland (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania); and James Rowland (Bolivar, Ohio).











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