Radovich scores with scholarship
People who read Lansing High senior Amanda Radovich's name in the newspaper are accustomed to seeing it accompanied by an impressive basketball stat line or long throw in the javelin.
As proud as Radovich is to have averaged 17.77 points per game during basketball this year, and as proud as she is to have set the school record in the javelin with a throw of 139 feet, 5 inches, there are two numbers she is more proud of. Those 3.79 and 11. The first number is her grade-point average. The second is her rank in her class of 160.
Radovich's combination of success on the basketball court, on the track and in the classroom earned her recognition as the LHS representative for the annual Scholar-Athlete of the Year competition by The Kansas City Star.
"It's good to be rewarded for not just your athletics, but also your academics," Radovich said. "That's something you don't get very often, so it was pretty exciting. My parents were really happy about it."
Erin Birmingham of Park Hill South was the overall female winner. Aaron Trigg of Blue Valley West was the male winner.
LHS senior volleyball player Lauren Griffen and senior soccer player, golfer and tennis player Shawn Jung also were nominated to represent Lansing. Former LHS golfer and soccer player Chris Nelson was Lansing's honoree last year.
Radovich said it was important to her to be a well-rounded person in high school. Although she received plenty of notoriety for her athletic accomplishments, she also was a member of the marching band, concert band, Science Club, Band Board, National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society.
"You never want to be the person that 'She was always good at athletics, but when she died out of athletics she didn't have anything left behind her,'" Radovich said. "I like to think that I'm going to a good school and I've still got things to do after I'm done with athletics. It's good that people can see another side of me as opposed to just the athletic girl."
Radovich will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point next year. She will throw the javelin and discus on the track team. She also had the opportunity to play basketball for the Black Knights, but she opted not to - at least for a year. The opportunity to play NCAA Division I college athletics was one of the things about West Point that appealed to Radovich, but the biggest selling point was the academics. She wants to attend medical school, and the military will pay for it after she graduates.