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By Lillian Kafka / Nov 16, 2016

Academics & Altruism in Action

They follow in the steps of professional golfers and bright minds. This month, the 2016 Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team members receive their due honors for dedication and sacrifice on the course and in the classroom.

These 24 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) members are high school juniors and seniors recognized for their outstanding standardized test scores, GPAs, service to their community and leadership in school.

Each year, the AJGA challenges its 6,500 members to compete for the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team in an effort to elevate their academic exposure to college golf recruiters.

Each team member submitted a written essay, including the winning piece by Claire Albrecht of Ormond Beach, Florida, titled “My AJGA Journey.” The team, with an average adjusted GPA of 4.39, will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet on November 20. Each member has a chance to play in this year’s Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf.

The 12 boys on the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team are:

  • Jordan Bessalel of Bethesda, Maryland (2017)
  • Rex Bryant III of Shreveport, Louisiana (2017)
  • Jonathan Farmer of San Diego, California (2018)
  • Jack Herceg of Dublin, Ohio (2017)
  • McClure Meissner of San Antonio, Texas (2017)
  • Nate Menon of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania (2017)
  • Charlie Miller of Jackson, Mississippi (2017)
  • Sam Ohno of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (2017)
  • Alex Ross of Atlanta, Georgia (2017)
  • Sol Thompson of Scarsdale, New York (2017)
  • Hank Weresh of Clive, Iowa (2017)
  • Jared Wilson of Columbiana, Ohio (2018)

The 12 girls on the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team are:

  • Claire Albrecht of Ormond Beach, Florida (2018)
  • Anabelle Chang of Walnut, California (2017)
  • Moon Cheong of Charlotte, North Carolina (2017)
  • Gabrielle DeSombre of Oak Park, Illinois (2017)
  • Belinda Hu of San Ramon, California (2017)
  • Angela Liu of San Jose, California (2018)
  • Elizabeth Reedy of Marietta, Georgia (2017)
  • Yoonju Shin of Irvine, California (2018)
  • Reena Sulkar of Barrington Hills, Illinois (2017)
  • Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, California (2018)
  • Stella Woo of Timonium, Maryland (2017)
  • Kelsey Zeng of Orlando, Florida (2017)