Parents: Todd and Raquel Evans
Class Rank: 1st
Type Course: College Credit Plus (36 credit hours), Advanced High School Coursework
School: Miami Trace High School
Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball
Part I – Athletics
(Must participate in at least two varsity sports)
Sport: Basketball, No. Years 4, Varsity Letters 3
Sport: Soccer, No. Years 2, Varsity Letters 2
Sport: Track & Field, No. Years 2 Varsity Letters 2
Sport: Volleyball, No. Years 2, Varsity Letters 0
What special awards did this candidate receive as an athlete?
In 2017, I was a member of the Varsity Girls Basketball team that made a Final Four appearance. Also going into my senior season of basketball, I decided to take on a different role. I felt led to fill the shoes of one of the graduated seniors, of whom I admire and consider a role model, from the previous year. My teammates suggested to me that I continue the pregame and post-game tradition of a team prayer. After a lot of thinking and doubting myself, I finally made the executive decision that I wanted to lead the team prayer before and after each game. Before each game, our team would come together and hold hands as I prayed for safety and a win (after our silly tradition of doing a little dance before each game, of course!). After each game, no matter if it resulted in a win or loss, I felt that it was important to ask our opponents to join us in prayer in the center of the court. To me this was a prime example of how high school sports can set the foundation for things in life that can and will have a much greater meaning after the buzzer sounds.
Junior: 3 goals, 2 assists, Varsity Letter
Senior: 8 goals, OSSCA Academic Excellence, 2nd Year Varsity Letter
Part II – Scholastic
Grade point average: 4.0
This year I will have the honor of graduating with distinction as the Class of 2019 Valedictorian and as an Honors Diploma recipient. Since starting school, I have been driven to maintain a 4.0 GPA and remain 1st in my class. My GPA is something that I take pride in and have worked tremendously hard for.
Scholastic Awards: (National Honor Society, for example):
My scholastic awards include Honor Roll, Valedictorian, Scholar Athlete, Academic Letter Recipient, National Honor Society member, Rotary Club’s Outstanding Scholar, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen, Wendy’s High School Heisman, and Buckeye Girls State Delegate.
School-related projects (State Science Fair, library/office assistant, for example)
Over the past 4 years of my high school career, I have been actively involved in my FFA Chapter. I served as the 2016-17 Student Advisor and 2017-18 Treasurer. In 2016 I received Miami Trace’s Star Greenhand award for being an outstanding leader throughout my freshman year and I received my Greenhand Degree. In 2017 I received the FFA Chapter Degree. In 2018 I received the Gold Rated Treasurer Book at the state level and also my FFA State Degree. This year I had the honor of being named Miami Trace’s Star Agribusinessman for being an outstanding leader and having the most points over my 4 years in the chapter. I have also received the Top 10 Leadership award throughout all 4 years of high school as well as Top Fruit Salesman for 3 years. I have also been recognized at the district level competition for the Job Interview CDE contest, the district level Creed Public speaking contest, and the state level Novice Parliamentary contest.
Part III – Leadership
List membership in and/or leadership roles held in any club, church, community or school organization. (Also not community projects)
I am actively involved in organizations throughout my school. My in-school activities include Student Government, National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Council, Spanish Club, FFA, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. My school leadership positions include Senior Class President, National Honor Society President, and Key Club Vice President.
Outside of school, I am actively involved in my church and community. I am a 4 year member of the Heritage Memorial Youth Group where I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica on a mission trip in July of 2015. My community activities include 4-H Camp Counselor, Fayette County Junior Fair Board Member, and former Teen Leadership Council Member. My community honors include being named the 2017 Fayette County Dog Queen and the 2017 Scarecrow Festival Queen. My community leadership roles include Junior Fair Board Treasurer and 4-H Club President. I also have played AAU basketball in the spring for the past 6 years.
Aside from my community activities, I have chosen to focus on serving my community by hosting a 5K to benefit the Fayette County Humane Society for the last two years. The run was a complete success for our community raising nearly $4,000. I was able to form connections with several community members with the same drive to help the animals in our community. The success of this run sparked a period of personal growth for me. I realized that I have a passion for helping others and volunteering in my community. I have also volunteered as a Military Kids Camp Counselor, a Ronald McDonald House Volunteer, a basketball kiddie camp volunteer, and I am actively involved in the Orphan World Relief My Comfy Kits program.
Coach’s comments concerning leadership abilities
Tori Evans is a very thoughtful and determined young woman who I have had the pleasure of coaching for the past two years as part of our Girls Varsity Soccer Team. Tori is a very analytical player who is always looking to see how she can improve in her decision making for the next play. As a coach I have always appreciated her willingness to learn and improve as a player, taking what we say as coaches and implementing it on the field. Tori played in a forward position and was excellent at making runs to the goal leading her to score 8 goals this season. As a leader, Tori led our breaks for the past two seasons before every game pumping up our team before we took the field. Her enthusiasm and competitive spirit brought out the best from her teammates and those around her. Tori has been such a valuable addition to our program over these past two years, as she is to all of the extracurriculars and community organizations she is involved in.
Caitlin Francis, MT Head Girls Soccer Coach
Tori is a very self-motivated young lady with a great attitude in everything she does. She is an excellent leader and example for those around her, including the younger players she worked with in the youth basketball program. Tori is a very hard worker and is the definition of a well-rounded student athlete as she participates in numerous sports, clubs, 4-H, and community activities. Despite being so busy with her impressive list of extracurricular activities, Tori also excels at school, as she has straight As and is a member of the National Honors Society.
Ben Ackley, MT Head Girls Basketball Coach