Junior Ella Stevens was announced Tuesday as this year’s winner, following in the footsteps of teammate Jennifer Westendorf, who won the award in 2014. Stevens helped Grayson to the Class AAAAAA state championship last weekend and had 19 goals and 27 assists this season.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Stevens as Georgia’s best high school girls soccer player. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award, which will be announced in May.
Stevens is ranked as the No. 7 recruit in the Class of 2016 by TopDrawerSoccer.com and has 48 goals and 73 assists in her career. The Duke commitment also maintains a 3.59 GPA.
She is the third straight Gwinnett girls player to win the Gatorade honor, joining Westendorf and Greater Atlanta Christian’s Rachel Garcia (2013). The previous winners from Gwinnett included Parkview’s Ashley Baker (2008) and Marah Falle (2007).