Ultra Ankle JVA AthLeader Award

Which players best represent your club? 

The 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeader Award selects 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify outstanding volleyball performance, academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.

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As an organization committed to the growth and development of junior volleyball, we value the commitment and achievement of our JVA players. This award recognizes the top JVA member club players in the nation for outstanding achievement outside of the the volleyball court in the 15s-18s age divisions. 

Eligibility
Any player in grades 9-11 nominated by a JVA Club Director that displays leadership, responsibility, and success in extracurricular activities (i.e. volunteer work, honor roll, class officer, musical achievements, etc). Nominations will require the player's name, club, team, and a list of accolades earned outside of the volleyball court. Nominees must be freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school. Limit 3 players for age division per club.

Nomination Period
Nominations will be accepted April 10th - May 5th.

Selection Process
Awardees will be chosen by the JVA Awards Committee and announced May 15, 2017.

Recognition
Winners will be presented with a trophy at the JVA Midyear meeting at the AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL. Winners each receive an NCSA Athleadership Grant to provide guidance and exposure in the recruiting process.

Click here to view the 2016 JVA AthLeaders


2014 Ultra Ankle JVA AthLeader Award

Class of 2017

Sabrina Lancaster
Middle Blocker
Virginia Elite

Virginia
4.07 GPA
Sabrina received the Student-Athlete Award, Leadership Award, and Academic Excellence Award at her high school, along with the Principle's Honor Roll. She is a Math Fair Champion, Science Fair Champion, and Biotechnology Fair Nominee. In addition, Sabrina particiaptes in the Spelling Bee, and is a Poetry in Foreign Language Nominee. She is an active member of Volleyball Peer Diversity Club, Biotechnology Club, Key Club, Multicultural Club, Leadership Club, Poetry Club and Art Club.

Brooke Gostomski
Outside Hitter
Milwaukee Sting

Wisconsin
4.0 GPA
Brooke takes accelerated classes as a freshman and is currently tied for #1 class rank. She volunteers as a coach for the Milwaukee Sting Volleybees program and the Muskego Food Pantry. She is an active member of her church and volunteers in various fundraisers, as well as the Special Olympics. In addition, Brooke participates in Operation Boot Strap, an organization that puts together food baskets and clothing for the needy. In addition, Brooke is a member of Student Council and Science Club.

Hannah Curtis
Libero/Defensive Specialist
Oklahoma Premier, Inc.

Oklahoma
4.0 GPA
Hannah received Duke Scholar State Recognition for an outstanding ACT score, She took 5th place in the Oklahoma Math League (2012-2013) and 5th place in the Global Robotics Competition. She is a member of the Enrichment program, and was selected for OU Academy and OU writing workshop. Hannah participates in Mission Work in Costa Rica, Tornado Relief, Food and Shelter for Friends, and Habitat for Humanity. She received the Ruthie Riggs Character Award for doing the right thing when no one is looking, and the Optimistic Award and the Committed Award at Whittier Middle School. Hannah is the Section Leader for her school orchestra, a member of Student Council, and is an active member of G.E.M.S (Guys and Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science Club). She participates in Mu Alpha Theta, Cultural Diversity Club, Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, and received superior ratings at OMTA District and State piano competitions, as well as superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Competitions for cello. In Addition, Hannah is a member of a church String Quartet and Youth Program.

Jenna Asper
Outside Hitter
Michigan Volleyball Academy

Michigan
4.0 GPA
Jenna has been a member of the National Junior Honors Society since 7th grade and was elected as a committee chair for NJHS in both 7th and 8th grades. In her freshman year she was elected by her peers to student government, as well as being a leader in student council. Jenna was also elected as President of her parliamentary procedure team in FFA where she has advanced to the state competition this year. She has also been a member of the Peer to Peer group in her school as a mentor for cognitively impaired students since 2nd grade. She was also awarded the Leadership Award as the most outstanding leader in her class of 2017. Other extracurricular activities include being awarded the bronze and silver awards for girl scouts and she is currently working on her gold award (equivalent to an Eagle Scout). In addition, Jenna is a church youth leader, she volunteers with the Caledonia Kids Theatre, and is a mentor to an African refugee family that recently immigrated to the US.

Class of 2016

Diana Martinez
Outside Hitter
Sun City Extreme VBC

Texas
3.73 GPA
Diana currently ranks 17th in her high school class of 572 students, and is a recipient of theHanks High School A and B Roll.
She is a member of Student Council and has held a Class Officer position for two years. Diana was elected Treasurer Representative for District IX, and is a Committee Chair Representative in the Drug, Alcohol, Safety and Health.

Lee Ann Cunningham
Libero/Defensive Specialist
KIVA

Kentucky
3.9 GPA
Lee Ann is enrolled in Advanced and AP classes at Assumption High School. She qualified to take Junior level Spanish as a freshman and has continued advanced Spanish curriculum. In addition, Lee Ann is a member of the National Spanish Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta math honors society. She publishes poetry in her school-wide publication, is a Family Representative (like a class officer) and leads her family in school-wide projects, such as the collection of cans for Dare to Care. Lee Ann is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and tutors Spanish to peers. She also volunteer at Episcopal Church Home for elderly and local youth volleyball camps. She is active in her church Youth Group. Lee Ann enjoys playing the guitar, singing, and composing music. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and will compete in the regional FBLA competition this Spring. Lee Ann is active in Relay for Life and is a part of a team to launch a new club at her high school, so she is actively recruiting other schools and students to participate. Funds go to American Cancer Society. She organizes book drive for the Library Advisory Council and participates in Teen Read Week and other school-wide reading campaigns.

Class of 2015

Grace James
Setter
KIVA

Kentucky
4.0 GPA
Grace received academic awards in Principals of Biomedical Science, Honors English, Language Arts, Biology, World History, Honors Algebra I and Algebra II, plus distinguished Honor Roll both Freshmen and Sophomore Years. She is a member of her school's English Language Arts Academic Team and History Academic Team, Grace plays basketball and runs track for her high school. In 2012-2013 she was a member of the Power of Youth Organization and a Member of We the Youth Organization in 2011-2012. She was a Purdue Science Day Volunteer from 2010-2012, and is a member of S.T.A.N.D., Commodore Pep Club, and Foreign Language Club. Also, she is a Volleyball Assistant Coach and Official for summer junior high camps. Grace is Student Council Vice President, National Honor Society Inductee, and was selected to represent Perry Central High School at the Waupaca Manufacturing Reality Business Simulation Interactive Seminar. Also, she is the School Representative for Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders at University of Indianapolis. Grace was a recipient of the 2013 JVA AthLeader Award.

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