Female quarterback wins academic scholarship
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida student who became the first high school female in state history to play quarterback during a varsity game scored another victory that will help her in the classroom.
Erin DiMeglio was selected out of almost 26,000 applicants to receive an academic scholarship. The senior at South Plantation Senior High School said that, even though she maintains good grades, she is certain her position as a third string quarterback at a varsity boys football team played a key role in achieving this scholastic touchdown. "I played flag for a long time, and I always wanted to try playing tackle," DiMeglio said.
To DiMeglio's surprise, she received a Foot Locker scholarship for $20,000. "I had no idea," she said about the special ceremony the school organized for her. "I knew I had applied for it, and I was waiting until April to hear about it, but I had no idea that yesterday was the day I was going to find out."
Starting quarterback John Franklin stood next to DiMeglio during the ceremony to pass her a big $20,000 check. "She deserves it," he said. "I wouldn't think of anybody else who deserves it more than her. She persevered through a lot of stuff this year."
DiMeglio plans to attend the University of Central Florida in the fall, where she plans to try out for the women's basketball team. She admitted that football is out of the question. "Football in college is a lot more competitive, and you have to be a lot bigger to play," she said. "Size doesn't really matter in high school."
DiMeglio was recently voted "Most Athletic" among everyone in her class.
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