Nicole Mosesso, the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award winner, leads the list of 10 high school bowlers selected for the 2010-11 Dexter/United States Bowling Congress High School All-American Team.
Mosesso is one of four seniors selected to this year's team, which has no returning members for the first time since the inaugural class of 2005-06. Only one freshman, Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne, Ind., was selected to the team. Three team members were individual state high school champions this season.
"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."
Selection to the Dexter 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.
"Being selected for the Dexter team is one of the top honors a high school bowler can receive," said Gary Brown, International Bowling Campus High School and Collegiate Manager. "We appreciate Dexter's support in helping to recognize these outstanding student-athletes."
Since the 2005-06 school year, Dexter and USBC have selected five boys and five girls for the honor each year.
The five male athletes selected for this year's team:
Kyle Anderson (Lockport, Ill.) - The senior won the 2011 Illinois High School Association state title to become the first boy to win back-to-back state individual titles. He is a National Honor Society member and won the Porter Pride Award, given to Lockport High School students for athletic leadership and academic achievement, the last three years. He has been a caregiver for an elderly widow and helped pack holiday treat bags for the Fairview Care Center.
Zachary Fylling (Bay City, Mich.) - He won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state individual title and the junior helped Bangor John Glenn High School to a third-place finish at the state tournament this past season. He volunteers yearly with bowling and baseball youth programs. He also reads to elementary school students, teaching them that reading is fun, and assists with kids who have learning/behavioral problems.
Ryan Miller (Loves Park, Ill.) - Led Harlem Senior High School to a fifth-place finish at the Illinois High School Association state tournament. Prepared and won two grant proposals from the In Youth We Trust program and created summer workshops called Magic for Muggles that taught kids magic tricks while relating the activities to reading. He will attend Mount Mercy University in the fall and will be a member of its inaugural men's bowling team.
Eric Swanson (Vernon Hills, Ill.) - One of two sophomores on this year's Dexter team, he helped Vernon Hills High School to second place at the Illinois High School Association state tournament and earned first team all-conference honors. He has been on the varsity golf team his first two seasons. He has participated in a program that sends nutritional food to third-world countries and a program that provides books to the families of kids who cannot afford books.
Logan Wirth (Kearney, Neb.) - The 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. He earned varsity letters in hockey and football. He has participated in canned food drives and clean up at state parks through the United Methodist youth group, and has been a head coach for youth teams in baseball and soccer through the parks department.
The five female athletes selected for this year's team:
Sydney Brummett (Fort Wayne, Ind.) - The only freshman on this year's Dexter/USBC team, she won the 2011 Indiana High School Bowling state singles title and earned IHSB Bowler of the Year honors. She also helped Homestead High School 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.
Melanie Hannon (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) - A sophomore at Maryvale High School, she had the third high series at the 2010-11 New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championships and helped her team to 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 Great Buffalo USBC Youth Leaders.
Charlena Melnyk (The Woodlands, Texas) - She 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. She is a member of the Montgomery USBC Youth Committee and has served as treasurer and president of the Greater Houston Youth Travel League.
Nicole Mosesso (Centerville, Ohio) - The 2011 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award winner led Centerville High School to the state tournament each of her four years, winning the title 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. She plans to attend Vanderbilt 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, she was the state individual winner in 2009-10. She was a four-year member of the marching and symphonic bands, and would visit and play music for the residents of a local nursing home. She volunteered as attorney and juror for Teen Court of Greater Baton Rouge and as an events volunteer at the Baton Rouge Zoo.
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2010-11 DEXTER/USBC HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICA TEAM
With athlete, year, high school and hometown:
Sydney Brummett, Freshman, Homestead High School, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Melanie Hannon, Sophomore, Maryvale High School, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Charlena Melnyk, Junior, The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands, Texas
Nicole Mosesso, Senior, Centerville High School, Centerville, Ohio
Kay Rawls, Senior, Central High School, Greenwell Springs, La.
Kyle Anderson, Senior, Lockport High School, Lockport, Ill.
Zachary Fylling, Junior, Bangor John Glenn High School, Bay City, Mich.
Ryan Miller, Senior, Harlem Senior High School, Loves Park, Ill.
Eric Swanson, Sophomore, Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills, Ill.
Logan Wirth, Junior, Kearney High School, Kearney, Neb.