A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Jonny Giess
School: Blue Valley Northwest
(Overland Park, Kan.)
Athletic achievement: Giess captured the high jump at the Class 6A state championship meet this spring with a clearance of six feet, 10 inches. He also won a regional championship with a jump of seven feet, one inch, which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.
Academic excellence: Giess has maintained a 4.08 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also a basketball standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of tornado disaster relief, an area homeless shelter and the Special Olympics.
“Jonny’s work ethic has paid off and he has earned everything that is coming his way,” said Blue Valley Northwest coach Dwight Williams. “It’s remarkable to see how far he has come as a young man and as an athlete. I’m looking forward to seeing what he will do with his future.”
THE FUTURE: Giess remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.