AJGA names Scholastic Junior All-America team

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To excel in the classroom, students must be academic and civic leaders. To excel on the golf course, athletes must be dedicated and persevere. A balance must be struck in order to excel as a student-athlete and in 2010, 24 AJGA members found this balance better than the rest.

Since 1988, HP has challenged the academic and athletic efforts of AJGA members through the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team. These individuals will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 21, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

“HP is delighted once again to recognize academic excellence with the naming of the 2010 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team,” said John Dayan, vice president of marketing, Personal Systems Group Americas, Hewlett Packard. “The AJGA works hard to prepare young adults for life after high school by instilling honor, perseverance and good sportsmanship. HP is proud to be associated with the AJGA and this great group of young adults.”

Four student-athletes were named to the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team for the second straight year: Ashley Armstrong of Flossmoor, Ill.; Marika Liu of Beverly Hills, Calif.; Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind.; and Stani Schiavone of Bangor, Pa.

Armstrong (Homewood Flossmoor High School) ranks fourth in her class of 707 students with a 5.89 GPA (on a 6.0 scale). She volunteers with the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois and raised $5,000 for the group and the AJGA Foundation through the AJGA Leadership Links program. On the golf course, Armstrong earned three top-15 finishes in 2010 and has verbally committed to Notre Dame.

Liu (The Pendleton School) is ranked first in her class with a 4.56 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Outside of the classroom, Liu spends time volunteering at the Taiwan National University Hospital as a translator, children’s activity coordinator and student leader. She posted four AJGA top-10 finishes in 2010, including her first AJGA win at the AJGA Florida Junior in June.

Rodgers (Avon High School) ranks third in his class of 596 students with a 4.74 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). In his community, Rodgers volunteers with Indy Hoops and the CCI Junior Golf Camp. On the golf course, he won the Western Junior Championship and finished second at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. He's currently No. 5 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has verbally committed to Stanford.

Schiavone (Bangor High School) is a member of National Honor Society and is her class representative. She also serves as a volunteer junior golf clinic instructor at Iron Lakes Golf Course. On the golf course, Shiavone has four top-10 finishes in national competition, including a T3 showing at the CorseMax/Philadelphia Runner Junior in August.

By being named to this team, all 24 HP Scholastic Junior All-Americans are eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, which will take place on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion and Haig Courses, Nov. 20-26.

Click here to view the 2010 HP Scholastic Junior All-American boys team.

Click here to view the 2010 HP Scholastic Junior All-American girls team.