Harwood cross-country runner named VT Gatorade Player of the Year – Valley Reporter

Ava Thurston, senior at Harwood Union High School, has received a prestigious honor for both her athletic and classroom accomplishments.

“Thurston has a strong athletic record. In the past season, Thurston led the Highlanders to the team state title by winning the Division 2 individual state championship with a time of 19:19.9. Thurston also won the Manchester Invitational, the Burlington Invitational, the U-32 Invitational and the NVAC Mountain Division Championships. At the New England Cross-Country Championships, she took fifth.

A dedicated student, Thurston boasts a 3.74 cumulative GPA. Next year, she will begin her junior year of high school. In addition to her studies, Thurston has volunteered locally as part of her school’s Refugee Outreach Club and its student leadership team.


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