High School Sports

June 8, 2014

Scholar-Athletes: Read all about it

Sam Guinn of Blue Valley Northwest and Arianna Person of St. James Academy head a list of 104 impressive high school Scholar-Athletes honored by The Star and the Kansas City Royals.

Arianna Person of St. James Academy sums up her love of reading this way: “I’d rather read than sleep.”

Blue Valley Northwest’s Sam Guinn, meanwhile, also professes an affinity for books.

That bond, and so many other feats and achievements, propelled them to being selected as The Star’s Scholar-Athlete overall winners for the 2013-14 school year.

Guinn, a cross country and track runner, is a two-time 1,600-meter state champion who coaches young runners for the Johnson County Comets Track Club. He’s also been involved in debate, marching band and was president of the Bocce Club. Academically, he has a 4.39 weighted grade-point average and will attend Colorado State.

Person has a 90.72 grade-point average on a 100 scale and is an All-American volleyball player and four-time state champion. She also played basketball and is a track state champion. Need more? She volunteers at summer bible camp and a KC area food kitchen. She will play volleyball at Belmont University.

Guinn, Person and 102 other Scholar-Athletes are in the spotlight for who they are and what they did in high school.

Yes, Person and Guinn love reading, but they still are teenagers. Asked to name something they hated, their answers were quick.

Person: “Cheese.”

Guinn: “Cauliflower.”

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