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EDT April 22, 2016

Max Diaz of Melbourne Central Catholic and Hannah Lyons of Cocoa Beach will be honored at a June 13 banquet in Gainesville where they will be presented with$1,350 scholarships. One boy and one girl from among the 24will win an additional scholarship of$3,800. The FHSAA program is in its 22ndyear, and team members are chosen based on their academic performance, athletic participation, community involvement and an essay.

Diaz, a cross country runner who also competes in track and field, has a personal best time of 17:41 over 5,000 meters. He plans to attend the University of Florida, and his academic interests lie in prosthetics and regenerative medicine.

That doesn’t mean he won’t continue to pursue sports, which have played a significant role in his ability to maintain high academic standards and afull jerseys

«For me, the secret is running,» Diaz said. «Even if I’m fatigued from the day mentally, I can clear my head and come home with a fresh mind after running.»

Lyons has competed in cross country, soccer and lacrosse for Cocoa Beach, where she is the valedictorian. She described herself as «overly competitive,» something that has come through in the classroom and in sports.

«I’ve always been pretty dedicated to my studies,» she said. «I love the discipline of sports and the camaraderie of teams.»

Lyons will decide between Wake Forest, Rice and the University of Florida, with pre med plans. She may also compete in club lacrosse.