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Three Buford seniors were selected to receive American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Best and Brightest Awards. The first annual award recognizes high school seniors who not only excel at volleyball but also excel in the classroom.

Camryn Carlton jumps to hit the ball back over the net at the Region 8-AAAAAA Region championship game. Photo by Alicia Couch Payne

The announcement came on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, that Camryn Carlton and Mikayla Hayden were named to the AVCA Best and Brightest First Team for having at least a 3.7 unweighted GPA.  Kiana Polk was selected for the AVCA Best and Brightest Second Team for having an unweighted GPA of at least 3.3.

A total of 972 volleyball players from high schools across the nation were selected to receive the award which is broken down into three teams — first team, second team and third team. In Georgia, 52 student-athletes received this honor and only six players from Gwinnett were selected.

Featured photo above:  Buford’s Mikayla Hayden hits the ball back to an opponent in a recent game at Buford High School.  Photo by Alicia Couch Payne

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