At the Pinellas County Schools’ May 25 Annual Awards Banquet , four awards sponsored by Knology were presented, including one for a student who has excelled in academics, sports, and even in his fight against cancer. Receiving a standing ovation for his courageous battle against cancer, while maintaining a 4.57 GPA and an active member of his school's baseball team was Ben Emery from Dunedin, winner of the Mike McPheron Spirit Award.
Also during the awards ceremony, East Lake High won the Knology Cup GPA Award. The average GPA of all of their athletes is 3.48. East Lake also won the Knology Cup Superintendent's Award for the best overall athletic program, narrowly defeating Clearwater and Palm Harbor University. The student winner of the Knology Cup Student Correspondent Award for her outstanding coverage of sport events was Briana Clements from Clearwater High. The Knology Cup Player of the Year was Cody Pogorelc from St. Petersburg High. Each student received a $2,000 check from Knology.
Student recipients of the Henry Deck Award for best all-around athlete were Sydney Wendel from Seminole and Ricy Brown from Countryside.
An outstanding high school coach from each sport were also recognized and honored. Nominated by their peers, the award recipients received a “Coach of the Year” championship ring, plaque and shirt.
The following coaches were honored: