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Garden City Life - Schools

Body And Mind

Griffith named 38th scholar athlete

You know there must be something very special about Garden City High School senior Brianne Griffith if 2013 Pineapple Ball Community Achievement Award winner and multi-year Nassau County Coach of the Year in field hockey and lacrosse Diane Chapman nominated her as a News 12 Scholar Athlete.

Selected as Garden City’s 38th recipient of the distinction, Griffith wound up on a televised segment that aired on Sept. 24 and 25.

“News 12 chooses 30 winners in 30 weeks,” explained Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus. “All senior athletes on Long Island are eligible. To win, a student athlete must be at least a two-sport athlete, have above a 90 percent GPA unweighted average (Brianne’s is 95.7), have achieved 1950 or above on the SATs or above a 30 on the ACTs (Brianne scored a 34). They also must have demonstrated leadership qualities and have participated in community service.”

A member of the 2011 and 2012 state championship lacrosse team and the Long Island 2011 and 2012 championship field hockey team, Griffith served as the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) grade representative in 2011, 2012, and 2013, is an advanced placement scholar with honors, a member of the National Honor Society

Member and the National Spanish Honor Society, a recipient of the 2013 American Legion Auxiliary Award, and was a 2013 Girls State (American Legion Auxiliary program) candidate.

“Brianne Griffith is an outstanding student athlete,” said Coach Chapman. “She puts academics before athletics and excels both in the classroom and on the field. Brianne works hard every day at practice and in games, and this makes her and her teammates better. Garden City field hockey and lacrosse have been very successful because of the mindset of Brianne Griffith and the exceptional young lady that she is.”  

Brianne is applying to Harvard, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Dartmouth, Yale, and Vanderbilt.