Recent Gerstell Academy graduate, Max Friedman, has been selected by National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) for the Male Student-Athlete Scholarship Award for Section 2. Representing Maryland, Max competed with candidates from Delaware, DC, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia for the Section 2 award. Mr. Friedman’s application and essay were selected for this prestigious scholarship. Prior to the Section 2 award, Max garnered the state level scholarship award from the Maryland State Athletic Directors' Association (MSADA) chapter of the NIAAA. Max will receive the Section 2 Scholarship and a plaque from the NIAAA. Having now won at the state and regional levels, Max qualifies for the national scholarship award where he will compete with the seven other Sections in the country for another scholarship.
To qualify, an applicant must be a senior, achieve a minimum of a B+ average, rank in the top 25% of their class, and achieve a minimum ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100. The athlete must have participated in two sports for at least two years (in each sport) and earn at least one varsity letter (in each). An applicant must complete an essay and application and receive a letter of recommendation from a high school athletic director.
Max has played four years of Varsity Soccer, three years of JV/Varsity Basketball and Varsity Baseball, and one year of Varsity Lacrosse. He served as JV Basketball captain and Varsity Soccer captain, and won the Baseball and Basketball Falcon Awards, and the Soccer Falcon Coaches' Leadership Award. He has been selected for the MIAA All-Conference team for Soccer and Baseball as well as the All-County Baseball team.
Max is a member of seven honor societies (Art, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish). He has achieved President’s Honor Roll, First Academic Honors, and First Leadership Honors for all semesters of Upper School. He has achieved the Founder’s Summer Leadership Challenge Award for all four years of Upper School and received the Euler Mathematics Leadership Award, Upper School English Leadership Award, several National Spanish Exam Awards, and he was the top prize winner of the Spanish Honor Society Joseph Adams Senior Scholarship. Max also has served as the Vice President of the Class of 2019, Honor Council Representative, Editor of the Roaring Run Review, and is a member of the Chess Club, Community Action Group, Japanese, Physics, and Theatre Clubs.
Max exemplifies our Leadership Principles and Attributes and embodies the Gerstell Academy Mission. We are proud of him on all counts and congratulate him on this recognition!