Male Scholastic Award Winner
Congratulations to Steven Azzano of Niceville High School for receiving 2018 All Sports Association Male Scholastic Award! He has been accepted to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and will attend starting in the fall of 2018. In the summer after his ninth-grade year, his dad, a Brigadier General in the US Air Force, was relocated to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, which became the eighth move in Steven’s 14 years of life. In the Fall of 2015, he started at Niceville High School, finding it to be a much more rigorous academic and athletic school than he had previously experienced. He competed for Niceville’s swim team and was chosen to serve as an alternate for the 2015 Florida State Championship swim meet.
Steven also played baseball for Niceville’s JV team, finishing with the second-highest batting average on his team (0.432) and starting in every game for the Eagles. At the end of the season, he received Niceville’s JV AAA Award, which is given to the JV baseball player with the best combination of athletics, academics, and attitude. Steven entered his junior year in 2016 with goals to make the Florida state championships in swimming and become a regular starter on the varsity baseball team.
However, the weight of his academic schedule shifted his focus from sports to school. Steven still had a great year in swimming: placing 6th at the district meet and 20th at the regional meet in the 200 free; 4th at the district meet and 18th at the regional meet in the 50 free, with a 9th place finish at the regional meet in the 200 freestyle relay. This was Steven’s first year swimming with Coast Aquatics, to which he attributes much of his swimming success. He also received his first varsity letter in baseball that spring, playing for the Eagles in their first season under new head coach Rod Taylor. He once again received the AAA award for baseball, this time at the varsity level.
Coming into his senior year and having accomplished most of his academic goals, Steven focused his efforts with Coast Aquatics, which took a minimum of 4 hours of his day, six days a week. It paid off in the end, as Steven placed 1st at the district meet and 4th at the regional meet in the 200 medley relay, 4th at the district meet and 12th at the regional meet in the 50 free, and 2nd at the district meet and 10th at the regional meet in the 100 breaststroke. Additionally, his 200 medley relay qualified for the 2017 Florida State Championships where his team took 7th place. Steven has decided to continue swimming with Coast Aquatics in the spring of his senior year to compete in major events such as the Southeastern Swimming Championships in Huntsville and, if he qualifies, the NCSA National Swimming Championships in Orlando.
Steven holds four varsity letters in swimming, and one in baseball. Steven is ranked 8th in his graduating class of 490 students with a 4.67 GPA and received a 34 on his ACT and a 1520 on his SAT. He has taken 14 AP classes and a total of 20 college-level classes, all the while working as a bagger at Publix Super Markets and as a lifeguard in the summer. His relationships with his teachers, classmates, and the community are exemplified by his participation in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honors Society, Earth Club, Habitat for Humanity, deployed-parent events on the military base, and youth swim meets. The All-Sports Association congratulates Steven on his admirable academic and athletic achievements and wishes him success in his future endeavors.
Female Scholastic Award Winner
Lucy Rudman of Fort Walton Beach High School is the recipient of the All Sports Association 2018 Female Scholastic
Award. Lucy started swimming at age 2 and hasn’t stayed dry for very long since. She joined a swim team at age 4, making her one of its youngest competitors. At the age of 8, she qualified for her first Southeastern Championship meet and has been named to the Age Group All-Star Team for a three-state region twice. She has been an active member of Coast Aquatics and its predecessor, Emerald Coast Swimming, since 2004.
In addition to club swimming, Lucy has played key roles on her middle school and high school teams, earning spots on the record boards at Liza Jackson Preparatory School and Fort Walton Beach High School. She was the captain of the Fort Walton Beach High School swim team, guiding her teammates through a difficult season that included the tragic death of a fellow swimmer.
Her coaches praise her leadership, maturity, and kindness. A shoulder problem nearly sidelined her swimming career in 2016, forcing her to train with one arm for months before the surgery. As soon as she was allowed back in the pool, Lucy began training alone to build stamina to swim with her team again. She wasn’t cleared to lift her arm above her head until several weeks after the season started. That was the first year she qualified for state competition in a relay that broke a school record. Coaches awarded her the Thor’s Hammer, which is presented to the athlete who stepped up when it mattered most. In 2017, she was a member of the same sprint relay that qualified for state again, breaking the record it had set the previous year.
Lucy was also a runner, bringing home a county championship in middle school, and qualifying for state four consecutive years. In high school, she juggled several sports her
first two years, before focusing exclusively on swimming. But, Lucy is much more than an athlete. She is ranked No, 1 in her class of 362 with a weighted GPA of 4.70. Her last – and only B – was in second grade. To date, she has taken 14 AP courses, 10 honors courses, 3 AICE courses and 3 dual-enrollment courses. She got her first job at 15 and works during school breaks, along with accruing more than 200 community service hours through a combination of mentoring young swimmers, working at an animal shelter and performing monthly sampling tests to help protect the quality of local waterways.
In the spring of 2016, Lucy began writing regularly for a fashion and music blog and she is also a strong advocate for women. She was a founding member of Fort Walton Beach High School’s feminist club, which fought to have “ Spirit Girls” added to the ranks of “ Spirit Boys” at the school’s sporting events. She was recently named to the Viking Hall of Fame and attended the prestigious Girls State in Tallahassee. Lucy is a perennial Vikings Scholar Award recipient and a member of a half-dozen clubs at the school.
Lucy is the daughter of Wendy and Mladen Rudman of Fort Walton Beach. Her older sister, Emma, was the recipient of the 2016 All Sports Association Scholastic Award. Lucy’s younger brother and teammate, Nathaniel Rudman, is a sophomore at Fort Walton Beach High School. She is the middle child and the middle athlete in an athletically gifted family, but Lucy has stepped from their shadows to chart her own destiny.