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St. V-M senior Cassie Jakubick is finalist for national award

By Michael Beaven Published: November 21, 2013

St. Vincent-St. Mary senior basketball player Cassie Jakubick is one of 10 finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence.

In its second year, the Award for Excellence program, is open to all United States high school student-athletes, and focuses on not only athletic achievement, but excellence in academics and community involvement.

Each of the 10 finalists will travel to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and participate in various activities. The winner of the Award for Excellence will be announced during the Bowl’s Awards Ceremony on Jan. 3, 2014.

“The U.S. Army is strongly committed to America’s youth and supports their many achievements,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of Army for Marketing. “The nominees for the Award for Excellence possess a unique set of strengths and adherence to a core set of values shared by Army Strong Soldiers. These students don’t just excel athletically and academically, they are leaders in their communities.”

Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure presented Jakubick with her Award for Excellence Finalist plaque during a special ceremony in the LeBron James Arena at St. V-M. Jakubick’s father, Joe Jakubick, is St. V-M girls basketball coach and a former standout player at the University of Akron.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission to educate and promote the excellence that comes with America's favorite game, football, and combine it with the U.S. Army’s mission of excellence in school, community service and through athletics,” said George Veras, President and CEO, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises. “We are excited to recognize Cassie Jakubick for her outstanding achievements and hard work.”

The inaugural Award for Excellence was awarded last year to Nate Lowis from Sacred-Heart Griffin High School in Springfield, Illinois.

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