Dexter Bowling and the United States Bowling Congress are pleased to introduce the 10 student-athletes who have been elected to the newest Dexter/USBC High School All-America Team.
Kyle Anderson (Lockport, Ill.) – This senior won the 2011 Illinois High School Association state title, becoming the first boy to win back-to-back state individual titles. A member of the National Honor Society, Kyle is a three-time consecutive winner of the Porter Pride Award, given to Lockport High School students for athletic leadership and academic achievement. He has volunteered on behalf of the Fairview Care Center and has also served as a caregiver for an elderly widow in his community.
Sydney Brummett (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – The only freshman on this year’s Dexter/USBC team, Sydney won the 2011 Indiana High School Bowling state singles title and earned IHSB Bowler of the Year honors. She also helped Homestead High School advance to the state finals in team competition. She was the chairperson for the Indiana State Tournament Food Drive and serves as president of the Indiana USBC Youth Leaders Group.
Zachary Fylling (Bay City, Mich.) – Winner of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state individual title, this junior helped Bangor John Glenn High School secure a third-place finish at the state tournament this past season. Zachary, who volunteers yearly with bowling and baseball youth programs, reads to elementary school students, teaching them that reading is fun, and also assists children with learning and behavioral problems.
Melanie Hannon (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) – A sophomore at Maryvale High School, Melanie had the third high series at the 2010-11 New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championships and helped her team earn the Section VI title. She has been selected Most Valuable Player at Maryvale the last three seasons. She is a member of the school orchestra, the Future Business Leaders of America and the Environmental Service Society, and is secretary of the Greater Buffalo USBC Youth Leaders.
Charlena Melnyk (The Woodlands, Texas) – Charlena finished third at the 2011 Texas High School Bowling Club state tournament. The junior is ranked No. 1 in her class of 966 at The Woodlands High School. She has been on the school’s Science Bowl and Math Relay teams, is a member of the Montgomery USBC Youth Committee, and has served as treasurer and president of the Greater Houston Youth Travel League.
Ryan Miller (Loves Park, Ill.) – Ryan led Harlem Senior High School to a fifth-place finish at the Illinois High School Association state tournament. He prepared and won two grant proposals from the In Youth We Trust program and created “Magic for Muggles” summer workshops to teach kids magic tricks while helping them to foster a love of reading. He will attend Mount Mercy University in the fall and is looking forward to being a member of its inaugural men’s bowling team.
Nicole Mosesso (Centerville, Ohio) – The 2011 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award winner, Nicole led Centerville High School to the state tournament each of her four years, winning the title during her freshman year. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She volunteered last summer as a physical therapist assistant at an outpatient rehabilitation therapy clinic and plans to attend Vanderbilt University in the fall.
Kay Rawls (Greenwell Springs, La.) – A two-time Louisiana High School Athletic Association 5A-4A Girls’ Most Valuable Player for Central High School, Kay was the state individual winner in 2009-10. She was a four-year member of the marching and symphonic bands, and visited and played music for the residents of a local nursing home. She also volunteered as attorney and juror for the Teen Court of Greater Baton Rouge and served as an events volunteer at the Baton Rouge Zoo.
Eric Swanson (Vernon Hills, Ill.) – One of two sophomores on this year’s Dexter/USBC All-America team, Eric helped Vernon Hills High School finish second at the Illinois High School Association state tournament and earned first team all-conference honors. He played on the varsity golf team in both his freshman and sophomore years. On the volunteer front, he has participated in programs that send nutritional food to third-world countries and books to the families of needy children.
Logan Wirth (Kearney, Neb.) – This junior led Kearney High School to the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation state semifinals this season. He won the individual conference title and placed 12th at state, in addition to earning varsity letters in hockey and football. Logan has been a head coach for youth teams in baseball and soccer through his local parks department and participated in canned food drives and state park clean-ups through the United Methodist youth group.
Selection to the Dexter/USBC team is based on the student-athlete’s bowling accomplishments from the 2010-11 school year, academic achievement (minimum 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale), letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and submitted essays and resumes.
“These students have not only excelled on the lanes but also had to meet high standards in the classroom to be considered for the Dexter team,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter Bowling. “They have shown outstanding citizenship through community service and we are pleased to honor such a great group of young bowlers.”
“Being selected for the Dexter team is one of the top honors a high school bowler can receive,” added Gary Brown, International Bowling Campus High School and Collegiate Manager. “We appreciate Dexter’s support in helping to recognize these outstanding student-athletes.”
Dexter and the USBC have selected five boys and five girls for the All-America Team every year since the 2005-2006 school year. Each student-athlete receives a $1,000 scholarship and an All-America Team award and will be featured in next year’s edition of the Dexter Bowling catalog. The All-America Team awards will be presented at the 2011 USBC Junior Gold Championships in Las Vegas this July.