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 PHOENIX, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Who will be named the top male and female high school athlete/scholars in the nation? The Dial Corp., maker of Dial soap, announces that 10 high school seniors are in the running for the honor of becoming the 15th annual Dial Award winners.
 Established in 1979, the Dial Award is considered the most prestigious national achievement award for high school seniors in the country.
 The two winners will be chosen by a nationwide panel of high school athletic administrators, sports journalists, academicians and athletic federation members who base their votes on three areas of accomplishment: athletic, academic and civic.
 This year's female finalists are: Rhoni Barton, The Linfield School, Temecula, Calif., GPA 4.1, water skiing; Shannon Feaster, School Without Walls, Washington, D.C., GPA 4.1, racquetball; Nel Fettig, Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne, Ind., GPA 12.794 (on a 12-point scale), soccer; Dominique Dawes, Gaithersburg High school, Gaithersburg, Md., GPA 3.58, artistic gymnastics; and Kristin Folkl, St. Joseph's Academy, St. Louis, GPA 4.2, volleyball and basketball.
 This year's male finalists are: Josh Booty, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La., GPA 3.7, football and baseball; Trajan Langdon, Stellar Alternative School, Anchorage, Alaska, GPA 3.9, basketball; Andriy Shapowal, Kenston High School, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, GPA 3.9, soccer; Shane Swartz, Poudre High School, Fort Collins, Colo., GPA 3.7, boxing; and Tiger Woods, Western High School, Anaheim, Calif., GPA 3.9, golf.
 In behalf of the two national winners, Dial will present a $5,000 grant to each of their high schools. The winners and their parents will be guests of Dial at an expense-paid trip to Washington, to attend the 59th Annual Awards Banquet of the Touchdown Club on Saturday, Jan. 15, 1994. Sports Illustrated has dubbed the event the "premier sports award dinner of the country."
 At the black-tie dinner, the awardees will each receive a large silver trophy from Dial's President and Chief Operating Officer Andrew S. Patti. Each student will then give a brief acceptance speech before the assemblage of 2,000 Washingtonians including judges, congressional delegates, top sports figures, coaches, military top brass and Hollywood celebrities.
 Twenty-five athletes have been honored by Dial so far, including Herschel Walker, Derrick Brooks, Chris Speilman, Lisa Leslie, Bill Fralic, Jeff George, Cheryl Miller, Katie Smith, and Vicki Goetze.
 Here are some of the highlights and accomplishments of the 1993 Dial award finalists:
 Rhoni Barton: The Linfield School, Temecula, CA, GPA 4.1; Honors Program
 Water Skiing. 1993 2nd overall U.S. Masters; 1st overall America's Challenge; 1st place Southern Regionals (Open Women); 1st overall Florida States (Open Women); 2nd overall U.S. Open, U.S. Water Ski Team. 1992 U.S. Olympic "Athlete of the Year"; AAU James E. Sullivan Memorial Award; American Water Ski Assn. "Athlete of the Year-Water Skiing"; 1st overall Southern Regionals; 1st overall Nationals; 1st overall Pan- American Championship (Jr. U.S. Team); 1st overall Jr. World Championships. Honors/Activities -- Honor Roll; Calif. Scholastic Federation; Sophomore Class Secretary; Senior Class President; 1991 2nd place Teen Magazine's Sports Girl of the Year.
 Shannon Feaster: School Without Walls, Washington, DC, GPA 4.1 Honors Program
 Racquetball. 1991, 1992 & 1993 Junior Team USA; currently Girls 16 and Under national singles champion and U.S. Jr. Olympic 18 and Under doubles champion; 1993 WJLA-TV (DC) Midas Prep Athlete of the Week; 4th place 1992 International Racquetball Federation World Jr. Championships 16 and Under singles; IRF 1st place 18 and Under doubles. 1991 IRF World Jr. Championships 1st place 14 and Under singles; IRF 1st place 16 and Under doubles; Ektelon U.S. Jr. Olympics 1st place 14 and Under singles and Girls doubles. Tennis: 1992 and '93 captain coed tennis team. Honors/Activities - 1990 King's Dominion Outstanding Student; 1990 student consultant D.C. mayoral campaign; 1991 National Merit Summer Enrichment Program; 1991 co-editor and school newspaper reporter; 1991-93 D.C. Bureau of Public Speakers; 1992 Public Allies Community Service Award honoree; Student Activities Council.
 Nel Fettig: Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne, IN, GPA 12.794; Honors Program
 Soccer, defender. Only high school student on U.S. National Team; led high school to three Final Fours scoring 85 goals; four-year state and region Olympic Development Program selection and captain; 1991 and 1992 1st team All Indiana. 1993 North Team U.S. Olympic Festival bronze medal. 1992 Parade All-American top defender in USA. Under 17 National Club Champions. 1991 Club Team State Champions. Tennis - 1990 and 1991 1st place singles at Bishop Luers; Western and National ranking in U.S. National Jr. Tennis Assn. Honors/Activities -- 1990, 1991 and 1992 Bishop Luers Scholar Award; National Honor Society; 1992 Tri Kappa Leadership Award and Calculus Award; calculus tutor; volunteer with the elderly.
 Dominique Dawes: Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, MD, GPA 3.58; Honors Program
 Women's Artistic Gymnastics. 3-Time Senior National Team Member; 1993 World Championship silver medalist; 1992 Olympic bronze medalist; National uneven bars champion; world championships team member. Scored 10.0 on floor exercise international competition 1992. 1993 Hilton Challenge, 1st Team AA, World Gymnastics Championships; 1st place U.S. Classic; American Classic/World Championships Trials; 1992 Olympic Games 26th A.A. World Gymnastics Championships; 1991 2nd AA Dutch Open. Honors/Activities -- "A" honor roll; speaks to children's hospitals and inner-city schools. Appearances in Sports Illustrated for Kids; Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd; USA Gymnastics International Star (England); Seventeen and Ebony magazines.
 Kristin Folkl: St. Joseph's academy, St. Louis, MO GPA 4.2; Honors Program
 Volleyball and Basketball. Four year Volleyball Monthly 1st Team Prep All American; 6-time All-State first team selection volleyball and basketball; 3-time State H.S. championship team volleyball and basketball; 4-time Street & Smith's H.S. basketball All American; 3-time USA Today H.S. basketball 1st team All American; AAU Basketball Jr. All American; Volleyball middle blocker, H.S. team captain - 1993 only H.S. player selected to USA National "B" team; Volleyball Monthly Prep Player of the Year; 1992 Mizuno/USA Today National H.S. Player of the Year; Captain USA Nat'l Jr. Elite Team; USVBA Jr. Olympic All American; Missouri Sportswriters "Athlete of the Year"; MVP Molten Challenge Tournament; 1991 USA Today H.S. 1st Team All American; Volleyball Monthly Player of the Month; Mikasa Challenge Tournament 1st team. Basketball, forward/center -- 1993 Parade All American 1st team; Dick Vitale's Preseason Preview Team; USA Today H.S. All American; Converse H.S. All American; On ESPN Scholastic Sports America. Honors/Activities -- Top Freshman and Sophomore; "A" Honor Roll; Dartmouth University Book Award for Academic Leadership; Nat'l Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; Environmental Club; French Club; Spirit Club; Volunteer Guide.
 1993 Male Finalists For The Dial Award
 Josh Booty: Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, LA, GPA 3.7.
 Football, quarterback. 1993 broke nat'l H.S. record for passing yardage (10,340) and passing touchdowns (107), Pigskin Preps Super South 60, Street & Smith's All American, USA Today Super 25, Max Emfingers Preseason Top 100, Tom Lemmings Prep preseason Top 100, Super Prep's Elite 100; Blue Chips Illustrated Top 100; Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd"; 1992 All State MVP; No. 1 quarterback prospect in the nation. Baseball, pitcher/shortstop -- 1993 MVP National Baseball Showcase and MVP 1991, 1992 Dixie Major Area Summer League; USA Jr. Olympic National Team silver medalist; National Dixie Major All Star Team; Team One National Baseball Magazine; Collegiate Sports, Collegiate Baseball pre-season All-American and Mizuno Pre-Season All American. Honors/Activities -- Student council senator and chaplain; Beta Club; yearbook sports editor; ministers to jails and nursing homes; baseball summer camps for inner-city youth.
 Trajan Langdon: Stellar Alternative School, Anchorage, AK, GPA 3.9
 Basketball, guard. 1993 Street & Smith's 2nd team, The Sporting News Top 36; Bob Gibbons Top 10 players, Van Coleman Future Stars Top 20, Petersen's College Basketball "Preps To Watch"; Basketball Weekly 1st Team All American; 1991 and 1992 Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year; 1990-1992 1st team All Region & State; 1992 MVP. 1992 MVP Great Alaska H.S. Classic, City of Palms (Fla.) and King Cotton Tournaments; All Tournament Teams; Nike/AAU Basketball Festival. 1991 MVP Service H.S. Cougar Tip-Off Tournament; MVP Playground Shootout; All-Tournament Team Great Alaska H.S. Classic. Baseball, pitcher. 1991-1992 Alaska Player of the Year; 1992 American Legion MVP and State Champion; 1993 H.S. State Championship Team-All State Shortstop; Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, NBC Prime Time, ESPN Scholastic Sports America. Honors/Activities -- National Achievement Scholarship Program outstanding Negro students, commended; Black Culture Club; elementary tutor; volunteer Habitat for Humanity.
 Andriy Shapowal: Kenston High School, Chagrin Falls, OH, GPA 3.9; Honors Program.
 Soccer, midfielder/defender, 1989-1993 Olympic Development Program; 1990-1993 Regional ODP member and 1991 National ODP member; 1991 and 1992 Adidas All American. 1993 Captain U.S. Under 17 Nat'l Team; 1992 U.S.A. Under 17 Nat'l Team and CONCACAF Champions; Parade All America; NSCAA H.S. All American; U.S. Youth Soccer Under 17 All American; All Cleveland, All Ohio, All Midwest; Cleveland Plain Dealer All Scholastic Player of the Year; Division II Player of the Year. Honors/Activities -- National Honor Society; Top 1 percent on ACT Composite; community soccer coach and referee.
 Shane Swartz: Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO, GPA 3.7; Honors Program.
 Boxing, middleweight (165 lbs.), 1993 Alternate U.S. World Championships Team; 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival gold medalist and U.S. Championships silver medalist; 1993 ABF state and regional gold medalist; 1993 gold medalist and Outstanding boxer, Ireland; 1993 Golden Gloves state and regional gold medalist; 1992 U.S.A. ABF state and regional gold medalist; 1991 Jr. Olympic Championships gold medalist. Football -- three-year letterman; 1992 All Conference defensive back and All State Honorable Mention. Track -- 1990, 1992, 1993 letterman; competes in 400; shot put and discus. Soccer -- 1991 All League (club team) defense man. Honors/Activities -- National Honor Society; Business Leaders; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Sr. Class Council and Student Council; First Team Academic All-State; H.S. Honor Athlete Award; volunteer to homeless.
 Tiger Woods: Western High School, Anaheim, CA, GPA 3.9 Honors Program.
 Golf. 1991-1993 USGA Jr. Amateur Nat'l Champion (first and youngest player to win consecutive championships); 1990-1993 Rolex 1st Team All American and Player of the Year; 1990-1991 America's Cup Champion; 1990- 1991 Optimist International Jr. World Champion; 1990-93 Southern Calif. Professional Golfers Assn. Four Ball Champion; 1990-1991 American Jr. Golf Assn. PING Champion; 1990-93 CIF-SS Individual Champion; 1991-93 Orange League Individual Champion; four-year letterman Western H.S. 1993 USGA Amateur Championship PGA Tour Sponsor Exemption to play in L.A. Open, Byron Nelson Classic and Honda Classic; 1992 USGA Amateur Championship Top 32; Coca-Cola Prep Foundation MVP; Western State invitational Medalist; Youngest player in history to play PGA Tour. 1991 L.A. City Municipal Golf Assn. Golfer of the Year; SCPGA Curtis Cup Player of the Year; Titliest/Golf Weekly Jr. Golfer of the Year; Orange Bowl Jr. International Champion; Qualified for USGA Amateur Championship; On ESPN Scholastic Sports America. 1990 SCPGA Match Play Champion; Semi-finalist, USGA Jr. National Championships; SCPGA L.A. County Champion; SCPGA Hogan Cup Match Champion. Honors/Activities -- National Honor Society; golf clinics for inner-city youth in L.A., Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Portland. Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Fore Magazine, Golf World, National Geographic World, Optimist magazine, Ebony, Jet, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Prime Time Live.
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