IMG Academy Student-Athlete of the Week

IMG Academy features a “Student-Athlete of the Week” award while class is in session. Students are nominated based purely on academic achievements and are chosen by a committee of educators from our boarding school.

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Mariana Casanueva

Soccer student-athlete, Mariana Casanueva, chose IMG because of her dreams to play collegiate soccer, and, as a junior, she's earned this week's Student Athlete of the Week. After enrolling in 2016, Casanueva now feels that IMG has "made her more mature and has given her a second family." She believes that the best part about IMG is her teammates, and she's also been doing extremely well in the classroom as well. Casanueva recognizes that the environment is both competitive yet supportive, and her favorite memory to date was the "Maryland trip with her team to play Bethesda."

Steven Chen

Steven Chen enrolled at IMG Academy in 2015 and has made an incredible impact on his teachers, coaches, and classmates through his efforts on campus and his involvement. Now a junior, Chen earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week award because of his continued drive and passion for success.

Chen chose IMG "because he believe that it was the only school where both his athletic and academic ability could improve and grow the most together." He's extremely engaged on campus and enjoys campus activities, his classes, campus clubs and organizations, and the golf program. He believes that "the four years he's studied here have really transformed him into someone who is more confident, outgoing, optimistic, and passionate."

Augusto and Antonio De Martini enrolled at IMG Academy in January 2017, and they have worked incredibly hard throughout their journey as boys basketball student-athletes. As sophomores, the De Martini brothers are just as focused on basketball as they are in the classroom and within the IMG community. Earning this week's Student Athletes of the Week, Augusto and Antonio represent the values that IMG strives to implement within every student-athlete.

They both recognize that they chose IMG for development and exposure, and they've enjoyed the teachers and the diverse culture around campus. They also realize that they've become more responsible during their time in Bradenton, and their favorite memory so far has been a great tournament finish in Washington D.C. in 8th grade.

Mariana Valencia

Mariana Valencia enrolled at IMG Academy in 2017 as a track and field student-athlete, and her efforts through both school and sport have impressed her teachers, coaches, and the entire IMG community. As a sophomore, Mariana is working hard to "get better times and to be accepted into a good college." She enjoys training and working hard and feels IMG has made her more independent and responsible. 

Earning this week's Student Athlete of the Week, we congratulate Mariana on her accomplishments both in the classroom and on the track.

Ryan Sforzo

Ryan Sforzo, 9th grade lacrosse student-athlete, enrolled at IMG Academy in 8th grade and has enjoyed his experience meeting new friends and working hard on the field. He chose IMG "to better myself mentally, physically, athletically, and academically" and feels that school has made him more independent. 

Through his experiences over the past year and a half, Sforzo has enjoyed "going with all of his friends to a service trip where they planted crops and helped out around a farm." With his active involvement and willingness to learn in the classroom, Sforzo has been awarded this week's Student Athlete of the Week.

Julia Andreach

Junior tennis student-athlete Julia Andreach enrolled at IMG Academy because she "wanted to further her athletic development by playing international tournaments." As a high level athlete and a dedicated student, Andreach earns this week's Student Athlete of the Week.

She has enjoyed "meeting new people from different areas of the world" at IMG, and she understands that her commitment to tennis and her academics are both a priority. She enjoys the "amount of help she receives from teachers when traveling for tournaments" because they ensure she's prepared before her travels for the upcoming courses and lessons.

Andreach also recognizes that IMG has "helped her receive a great education in order to benefit her future." We look forward to seeing her continued success, and congratulations on this accomplishment!

Gavin Brown

Gavin Brown, a senior baseball student-athlete, enrolled at IMG Academy in 2015 because of the "the combination of sport and school." Now a senior, Brown has worked hard both in the classroom and on the field to achieve incredible success. A National Honors Society member (NHS) and a talented student-athlete, Brown has earned this week's Student Athlete of the Week. Congratulations to Brown on all that he has accomplished!

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