ANNA — In honor of Anna senior Alexy Schofield being named one of 97 Semper Fidelis All-Americans from across the country by the United States Marine Corps last spring, a banner was presented to the school on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the AHS Winter Sports pep rally.

The Semper Fidelis All-American program recognizes high school students who best demonstrate achievement in academics, athletics and community leadership. Schofield was also one of just six awardees from the state of Texas.

“I didn’t even know this was happening until right before the pep rally,” Schofield said after the banner presentation by Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Joseph. “They were surprising me. It was really fun to get to do this in front of the school. It was shocking to me.”

With Schofield’s selection for this honor came an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., last July for her and her mentor, Anna teacher and cheer coach Kendra Tilley. There, Schofield attended the prestigious four-day Battles Won Academy along with the other 96 selectees. To top it off, at that event Schofield was tabbed Female All-American of the Year, an honor that included a $5,000 scholarship. Schofield also met and was given a commemorative coin by General Glenn M. Walters, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

“It’s just been really awesome,” Schofield said. “It was so great getting to go and meet all the people that were at the Battles Won Academy.”

“I went to school here, K through 12,” Tilley said, “and nothing like this has ever really happened that I’m aware of. To get to be a part of Alexy’s journey has been amazing. She’s a phenomenal kid to begin with. For her to be among the top 100 kids in the nation and to be picked as the top female — I literally cried. Then for her to be presented with this, it’s pretty amazing.”

Schofield is the daughter of Kevin and Becky Schofield. She’s active in cheer, soccer, cross country, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and the Student Government Association. Last year, she finished second in her class academically and was junior class president. This year she is student body president. Schofield is also active in Rotary Youth Leadership and hopes to attend the United States Naval Academy and study Oceanic Engineering.