Frederick High School senior Abby Lauterbach was presented her 2018 Battles Won Academy alumni award Friday night at the Sabre Center during Frederick’s annual Winter Midnight Madness celebration. U.S. Marine Major Micheal Bell and Sergeant Zack Cook presented Lauterbach with her award. Abby who is a four year starter on the Cadets girls lacrosse team was named one of only 96 U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-Americans this past spring from a pool of more than 7,000 nominees.
As a celebration of her success, she received an all-expenses paid trip to attend the four-day Battles Won Academy, held in Washington D.C. this past July. While there, herself and Head Girls Lacrosse Coach Brandon Brewbaker (who to was presented an alumni award for his role as Abby’s mentor), participated in daily workouts, an immersive Marine Corps experience on base in Quantico, a community service event, team building outings, and a tour of our Nation’s Capital (check out the daily recap video for the 2018 Battles Won Academy experience here).
Abby and Coach Brewbaker also had the opportunity to network with an elite circle of speakers from all walks of life and various industries who shared their inspiring stories of fighting and winning battles in their own lives. Speakers from 2018 included: Sage Steele, Christian McCaffrey, JW Cortes, Robby Smith, Verice Bennett and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Frederick’s Athletic Director Keivette Hammond also accepted an award presented to Frederick High School for fostering an environment dedicated to success both on and off the field of competition.
To become a U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American, students must meet these minimum requirements for nomination.
- Be a Junior in High School
- Have a 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
- Be active in community service
- Play a competitive team sport
- Hold a student or community leadership position
Students will be selected for the program based on moral character and academic performance in addition to athletic abilities. Most critically, nominees must demonstrate a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens.