Bednar ’22 Earns Gatorade Honors

Since 1985, Gatorade has honored the top high school athletes in football, cross country, basketball, baseball, and track and field with State Player of the Year awards, which are given to outstanding athletes who excel in the classroom and demonstrate outstanding character.

Since 1985, Gatorade has honored the top high school athletes in football, cross country, basketball, baseball, and track and field with State Player of the Year awards, which are given to outstanding athletes who excel in the classroom and demonstrate outstanding character. These prestigious awards have been given to former high school athletes who went on to have outstanding collegiate careers, with some playing in the professional ranks in their respective sports. Notable past winners of the state and national awards include Lebron James, Peyton Manning, Allyson Felix, and Breanna Stewart in their respective sports. Charlotte Bednar ’22 recently earned the incredible distinction as Gatorade’s 2019-2020 New Jersey Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. This award capped off Bednar’s successful season as a III Former with the Girls Varsity Cross Country team, in which she won the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships, with a time of 18:00. Following that stellar performance, Bednar went on to compete at the Nike Cross Nationals championship meet, placing an impressive eighth.

Before her excellent performances at the nationally prestigious meets, Bednar won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Prep State meet, the Mid-Atlantic Prep League meet, the Shore Coaches Invitational, and the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational. In the future, Bednar stated that she would like to achieve a top-three finish at Nike Cross Nationals and recognizes that in order to do so, she will “need to stay focused, committed, and [hard-working]” with a “fairly strict” but balanced schedule between school, training, and other commitments.

As a result of her award, Bednar has the opportunity to gift a $1,000 grant to a youth sports organization of her choosing. This opportunity comes from Gatorade’s “Play it Forward” initiative to support participation in youth sports. Annually, Gatorade selects 12 of their Player of the Year athletes who have written a brief essay to award additional $10,000 grants to further aid youth sports programs.

Having been chosen as the New Jersey Girls Cross Country Player of the Year, Bednar is now a finalist for Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Player of the Year.

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