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SportsMX/NDIAA February 2017 Athletes of the Month

SportsMX and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) present the monthly "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" awards. This award recognizes High School athletes across the country that has made significant impact on their teams not just on the field but in academics, leadership, and character as well.

SportsMX and NDIAA congratulate Jessica H., Dawson Moder, Anjel Perez, and Carlos Vega on their selection as "SportsMX/NDIAA Athletes of the Month" for February 2017.

Jessica HJessica H.
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Grade: Senior
Sport: Cheerleading

Jessica was recognized as the Most Valuable Cheerleader and was also selected to the All-Star team at the 40th Annual Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) cheerleading tournament held at American School for the Deaf. As a member of the cheerleading team for four years, Jessica has displayed commitment to the program by knowing all of the cheers and chants with confidence. Jessica’s teammates look to her for encouragement and leadership. When not actively showing her school spirit, Jessica is very much involved with Jr. NAD and was a member of the NDIAA Division 2 national championship volleyball team.

“I am extremely proud of Jessica and her achievement and confidence she has developed through the dedication and commitment she shows to this sport!“ - Western Pennsylvania Cheerleading Coach Linda Langer

Dawson ModerDawson Moder
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard

Dawson is known to be a hard-nosed competitor as he gives it all every time he dresses up for practice or game. During the season, Dawson averaged 10 points and four steals a game and was named to the All-Tournament team at GPSD basketball tournament. His team was predicted to finish last in league tournament and Dawson played a big part in preventing this from happening by scoring 23 points and snagging five steals in a consolations semifinal victory against Community Peace Academy. Dawson’s appetite for competition extends off the basketball court as he is involved with the Academic Bowl and is also a member of the Jr. NAD.

“Dawson has contributed so much to our basketball program. He is a workaholic and trying to get better every day. He sacrificed his sweat, blood, and even a broken finger to play as much as he could.” - Minnesota Boys Basketball Head Coach Lee Jones

Anjel PerezAnjel Perez
New York School for the Deaf
Grade: Junior
Sport: Basketball/Cheerleading
Position: Forward/Center

Anjel pulled off a difficult feat by excelling both in basketball and cheerleading. As a basketball player, Anjel is an energetic defender and has a nose for the ball averaging 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 2.4 steals, and 1.2 assists per game. Her efforts as a basketball player are contagious as her teammates feed off on her energy. As a cheerleader, Anjel turned to her dancing and gymnastics skills to help her team win third place at the ESDAA cheerleading tournament as well as the Spirit award. Anjel is also a standout student possessing a 3.6 GPA and serves as the Vice President for the Student Body Government.

“Anjel is an all-around cheerleader. Her dedication, spirit, and leadership contributed greatly to our cheerleading squad. I am truly proud to have her on our cheerleading squad.” – New York Cheerleading Coach Isabella Kogan

Carlos VegaCarlos Vega
New York School for the Deaf
Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard/Forward

As a vocal captain for his team, Carlos led his team this year with passion and by example. He battles it out until the very end in all games and averaged 15.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 3.5 steals in February. Carlos’ best game was against Western Pennsylvania where he had 23 points, eight rebounds, eight steals, and seven assists. At the ESDAA tournament, Carlos led his team to the consolation championship. In two games, he had 34 points, 12 rebounds, 10 steals, and seven assists which earned him a spot on the All-Tournament team. Carlos is also an excellent student and is an active member of the Student Body Government.

“Carlos demonstrates strong leadership and work ethic. He hardly misses practices or games. He gives 110% on every play. He is truly an athletic character: sacrifice and dedication.” – New York Athletic Director Nicolas Tegni

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