The North Oaks Sports Medicine team and North Oaks Physician Group orthopedic surgeons have announced the winners of the 2015-16 Student-Athletes of the Year honors.
Emily Waddell and Jebadiah Kraft, of Ponchatoula High School, along with Hannah Vicknair and Cheyenne Labruzza, of Albany High School, received the awards.
Recipients were selected from all Student-Athletes of the Month for Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes based on the number of votes received via an online poll conducted May 2-5 at northoaks.org, a news release said.
Waddell is a 2016 honor graduate of Ponchatoula High School with a 3.8 GPA. This season, she helped the Ponchatoula girls volleyball team defeat Riverside Academy with 18 kills, 17 digs and 7 blocks, and St. Charles Catholic High School with 17 kills, 1 ace, 20 digs and 8 blocks.
In addition to her athletic achievements, she received several honors, including the Leadership Award, Defensive Award, District 5A–MVP Award, Academic All-State Award, Wendy’s Heisman Award, a Knights of Columbus Scholarship, the Ned Wells Scholarship and the Brittany Landaiche Scholarship.
She was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, French Club, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Woodlawn All-Tournament Team.
The daughter of George and Toni Waddell, she plans to study biology education at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond this fall.
Kraft, also a 2016 honor graduate of Ponchatoula High School, had a 3.93 GPA. He played football, baseball, basketball and soccer throughout his high school career and was named to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Academic All-State Team and All-District Soccer Team.
In the Class 5A playoffs, he led the Green Wave football team to victory against top-ranked West Monroe High School, securing the team a berth in the state quarterfinals.
He was a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and District Honor Choir. He also served as junior and senior class president and Key Club president.
The son of John and Shane Kraft, he participated in Louisiana Boys State, received the Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award and was recognized as a New Orleans Quarterbacks Club Athlete of the Week.
Kraft will attend Louisiana Tech in Ruston on a presidential scholarship this fall. He plans to study physics and possibly pursue medical school.
Vicknair completed her junior year at Albany High School, where she is a member of the girls basketball and track teams, with a 4.0 GPA.
She was the only returning starter on the Lady Hornets basketball team this season and made First Team 7-3A All-District and Second Team All-Livingston Parish. She excelled off the court too, serving as student government junior representative, Fellowship of Christian Students president and a football student trainer/manager.
She is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Vicknair and is a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Albany.
Labruzza rounded out his junior year at Albany High School with a 4.1 GPA and has committed to play football for the University of Tennessee upon graduation in 2017.
As captain of the Fighting Hornets football team, Labruzza recorded 40 tackles and 3 tackles for loss on defense; rushed for 1,147 yards with 12 touchdowns; and received for 324 yards with four touchdowns on offense.
He is the son of Tracy Parker and Paula Suarez and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club.
Labruzza has received more than 15 athletic scholarship offers to date from, including but not limited to, LSU, the University of Southern California and the University of Florida.