Winged Foot winner tops outstanding nominees

Victoria Howard, with her godmother Sharon Warren and father Robert Howard, at the Winged Foot Student-Scholard Awards dinner. Howard, as Lely High's nominee, was rewarded $5,000 for college. Howard is going to Florida State University. Roger LaLonde/Staff

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Victoria Howard, with her godmother Sharon Warren and father Robert Howard, at the Winged Foot Student-Scholard Awards dinner. Howard, as Lely High's nominee, was rewarded $5,000 for college. Howard is going to Florida State University. Roger LaLonde/Staff

Winged Foot Scholarship finalist Victoria Howard of Lely High School stands with Urban Meyer, left, and scholarship chairman Bud Hornbeck, right.  Michel Fortier/Staff

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Winged Foot Scholarship finalist Victoria Howard of Lely High School stands with Urban Meyer, left, and scholarship chairman Bud Hornbeck, right. Michel Fortier/Staff

Lely's Victoria Howard, with two other Winged Foot Student-Scholar Award nominees, Josh Patton, Naples High and Austin Albury, Barron Collier. Community School's Taylor Burfield, who was a member of back-to-back state cross country championship teams and is co-valedictorian withn her twin sister Chandler, won the award. Roger LaLonde/Staff

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Lely's Victoria Howard, with two other Winged Foot Student-Scholar Award nominees, Josh Patton, Naples High and Austin Albury, Barron Collier. Community School's Taylor Burfield, who was a member of back-to-back state cross country championship teams and is co-valedictorian withn her twin sister Chandler, won the award. Roger LaLonde/Staff

Lely's Victoria Howard, with her table guests at the Winger Foot Student -Scholar Award dinner on Thursday night. Lely's nominee, Howard received $5,000 toward her educational costs at Florida State University. Seated, from left, Sharon Wheeler, Victoria's godmother, Howard and her father, Robert. Standing, from left, Heather Chariez, a member of the district championship basketball team with Howard, teacher Sara Mulder, Paul Ruby, Lely athletic director, Principal Ken Fairbanks and Jennifer Bledsoe, Howard's softball coach. Roger LaLonde/Staff

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Lely's Victoria Howard, with her table guests at the Winger Foot Student -Scholar Award dinner on Thursday night. Lely's nominee, Howard received $5,000 toward her educational costs at Florida State University. Seated, from left, Sharon Wheeler, Victoria's godmother, Howard and her father, Robert. Standing, from left, Heather Chariez, a member of the district championship basketball team with Howard, teacher Sara Mulder, Paul Ruby, Lely athletic director, Principal Ken Fairbanks and Jennifer Bledsoe, Howard's softball coach. Roger LaLonde/Staff

Marco's Shannon McGregor, former Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award winner, was among some 250 attendees at the 20th annual event. From left are Bob and Kim Holm of Marco, Urban Meyer, Florida football coach who was the keynote speaker, Shannon McGregor, her father Jim and James Fisher, all of Marco Island. Roger LaLonde/Staff

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Marco's Shannon McGregor, former Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award winner, was among some 250 attendees at the 20th annual event. From left are Bob and Kim Holm of Marco, Urban Meyer, Florida football coach who was the keynote speaker, Shannon McGregor, her father Jim and James Fisher, all of Marco Island. Roger LaLonde/Staff

The 20th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award showed how high the level of competition has reached to be the winner.

Lely High’s Victoria Howard, a four-sport star who led the basketball team to two straight district championships, lost the award to an even more accomplished student-athlete.

Taylor Burfield, who led her Community School cross country team to two straight state championships and is co-valedictorian with sister Chandler, won the award.

Burfield receives a $10,000 scholarship, $2.500 for each of four years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Howard, along with the other nine nominees, receives a one-time $5,000 scholarship. Howard is go to Florida State University.

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