Academics and athletics always have gone hand in hand for Anna Davis.
That was one reason the 2013 graduate of Grandview Heights High School won a $2,000 Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Scholarship.
"I noticed that I also did better in my classes when I was busier from sports in the fall and spring," said Davis, who played soccer and was a middle-distance runner in track and field for the Bobcats. "I had a lot of teammates in soccer and track who were taking the same classes as I was and it was good to be able to study together and have others who were going through the same things I was in classes."
The OHSAA awarded $66,000 in college scholarships to 54 recent graduates. Recipients were selected by special committees within each of the six OHSAA athletic districts based on a point system that rewarded students for their grade-point averages, ACT or SAT scores, varsity letters earned and individual and team athletic honors.
Davis competed in two relays in the Division III state track meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State. She joined junior Emma Hecker, 2013 graduate Lindsey Smith and junior Emily Burns on the 14th-place 800-meter relay (1 minute, 51.58 seconds). Davis also was a member of the 14th-place 3,200 relay (10:00.51) with junior Ali Lachey and seniors Laura Satterthwaite and Halli Bair.
The Grandview girls track team won its sixth consecutive MSL-Cardinal Division title by scoring 180 points in the league meet, as host Licking Heights (138.5) took second. Davis was second in the 800 (2:28.36) and was on the winning 3,200 relay (10:03.93) with Hecker, Lachey and Bair as well as the champion 800 relay (1:51.35) with Bair, Hecker and Burns.
"Anna is somebody who was a privilege to coach," Bobcats track coach Brian Schoch said. "She not only was a great athlete, but she was a great person, first and foremost.
"You never had to worry about Anna giving her all. You always knew you could count on her. She grew as an athlete and a leader, becoming more of a vocal leader."
Girls soccer coach Mike Merna said Davis was mature beyond her years.
"We had a big senior class and when we were electing captains, we had five girls who were really close, so we announced all five," Merna said. "Anna was one of those girls, but she came up to me the following day and told me that she didn't want to be a captain. She said five captains were too many and that she could still be a leader without being a captain.
"Anna knew that she was a leader whether she was wearing a captain's band or not. That's pretty mature for someone of any age to say, let alone someone who is 17 or 18 years old. You always want to have people like that on your team."
Davis, a forward, scored eight goals last fall as the Bobcats finished 15-3-2, losing to top-seeded Ready 1-0 in a Division III district final. It was the most wins in program history.
Grandview finished third (6-1-2) in the MSL-Cardinal/Ohio behind Granville (8-0-1) and Bexley (7-0-2).
"Anna was probably one of most improved players we have had over a four-year period," Merna said. "She could run, but had average soccer skills. She really worked hard to become a good player and played on varsity for three years, playing three positions. She was a defender as a sophomore, a midfielder as a junior and a forward last season."
Davis graduated with a 4.2 GPA and will attend Miami University, where she plans to major in chemical engineering.
"I really love math and science, so that's the main reason (for selecting that major)," she said. "I really love math and wanted to go into an area that you can use that."