The Long Island Nets have partnered with National Grid to launch the Female Student Athlete of the Month awards to students across both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Six times during the season, the Long Island Nets recognized a different female student athlete based on her success in her respective sport, her commitment to education and success in the classroom, and leadership abilities on and off the field of play. Students and faculty had the opportunity to nominate a Female Student Athlete each month of the program.
2018-19 AWARD RECIPIENTS:
|Lindsey Smith, Valley Stream South High School Soccer, November 27, 2018
Lindsey a senior at Valley Stream South High School and will be attending West Point next year. Lindsey will play soccer while at Army and study Psychology. She is ranked 50th in her class of 207. This year, Lindsey help lead her team to a Class A State Championship in girls soccer. She scored the game winning goal during the second overtime in the semifinals against Vestal, and was named the Tournament MVP as the Falcon won the State title 1-0 in overtime against Jamesville Dewitt. A remarkable person on and off the field.
|Evelyn Tran, Glen Cove, Volleyball, December 12, 2018
Evelyn is a model student athlete Glen Cover. She is not only ranked #5 in her graduating class with an average of 100.91, but she is also the captain of the Volleyball team and received All-County Status for her division. She is also part of S.A.L.T. (Student Athlete Leadership Team), where she goes to the middle school and speaks to the athletes. Evelyn has also done 168+ hours of community service and has perfect attendance as well for this year. Evelyn is what every athlete should strive to be.
|Lauren Cherkin, Half Hollow Hills East, Tennis, January 16, 2019
Lauren is an outstanding individual who has had tremendous success both on the court and inside the classroom. Cherkin and her doubles partner, Alexis Huber won the Suffolk County Doubles Championship, 6-2, 6-4 for Half Hollow Hills East over Westhampton and reached the second round of the New York State tournament. She also helped capture the county doubles title in 2016 and 2017. In the classroom, Cherkin became one of the 12 Half Hollow Hills Students named as National Merit Semifinalists, and will be attending Dartmouth College in the Fall.
|Felicia Anacreon, Westbury, Volleyball, February 27, 2019
With a 91.2 cumulative GPA as a senior, Felicia wants to go to college for biology and become a doctor in her future. Felicia plays both varsity and club for Volleyball has made All-Conference this year. She has been the team captain for two years, and she loves to encourage and teach the younger girls to help them find a love of the game. She also makes sure that everyone has a positive attitude on the court and on the sidelines. The future is bright for Felicia.
|Estee Ackerman, Yeshiva University High School for Girls, Table Tennis, March 13, 2019
In December 2018, Estee won 2 gold medals and 1 bronze at the 2018 US Open Table Tennis Championships held in Orlando, FL. She defeated a 2X Olympian and saved 5 match points to win the final in singles. She is now ranked #24 USA for all women. She hopes to try out for the Olympics again, after missing in 2016 by 11 spots to make Rio. She is 17, lives in West Hempstead and is a senior. A fun fact about Estee, she had the opportunity to face Rafael Nadal in a game of table tennis.
|Florendia Hunte, Sewanhaka, Basketball, March 23, 2019
Florendia is an All-County player, captain, and leader of the talented Sewanhaka girls basketball team…as well as a well-rounded student athlete. She recently worked with young children as they prepared for their holiday play. Florendia is also a member of the National Honor Society for Music and Foreign Language, and is the President of the Student Athletes Club at Sewanhaka High School. Most recently, Flo was awarded the Nassau County Zone Outstanding PE student award on December 3, 2018.