During the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., Friday, the annual All-Academic Team was announced. The team is sponsored by Diamond Sports, a leading manufacturer in baseball merchandise and the official baseball used during Legion national tournaments.
In order for a player to be eligible, he or she must be nominated by his or her post-affiliated team manager or head coach to the department baseball committee. Each department's baseball committee has reviewed submitted applications and selected an overall state winner to receive a $500 scholarship.
The state winners have been reviewed by the World Series Scholarship Committee comprised of Legionnaires and academic representatives.
Each player on the team receives a $2,500 scholarship. An overall top academic player is named the team captain and awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
The presentation was made by Vice Chairman of the Committee on Youth Education James Davis of West Virginia.
The winners are:
2019 All-Academic Team Captain - Kenshawn Dixon, from Kingston, N.C., Post 49
Northeast – Addison Kopack, from Cumberland, R.I., Post 14
Mid-Atlantic – Jonathan Milton, from Wheeling, W.V., Post 1
Southeast – Trevor Mays, from Bristol, Conn., Post 2
Mid-South – Logan Catton, from Bryant, Ark., Post 298
Great Lakes – Samuel Pinkert, from Rockport, Ind., Post 254
Central Plains – Nickolas Kemper, from Sioux Falls, S.D., Post 15
Northwest – Michael Soper, from Salem, Ore., Post 136
Western – Jack Gallagher, from Petaluma, Calif., Post 78