Trotter, Stephens awarded NIAA Top 10 Student-Athlete honor

Multiple-sport student-athlete Madeline Stephens, who competes in this week’s regional track meet, was named to the NIAA’s Top 10 Student Athlete program.

Multiple-sport student-athlete Madeline Stephens, who competes in this week’s regional track meet, was named to the NIAA’s Top 10 Student Athlete program.

Fallon seniors Kyla Trotter and Madeline Stephens were named to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association and One Nevada Credit Union Top Ten Student Athletes of the Year program.

The student-athletes of the year awards are presented to the top students who excel in sports, maintain a high academic status, and volunteer in their community. The winners will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship, a special commemorative program, and a special gift to help them as they further their education.

“The spirit of the Silver State is embodied in high school athletics and activities,” said Donnie Nelson, interim executive director of the NIAA. “The Top Ten winners we honored this year have achieved and maintained an exceptionally high level of excellence in all aspects of their lives. These will be our future leaders. They will continue to make a positive difference in our communities.”

Trotter competed on the tennis team last fall and her sister, Ashby, was recognized in the Top 10 in 2020. Stephens played volleyball in the fall and is finishing her throwing career with the track and field team.

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Fallon’s Kyla Trotter played tennis last fall and was named to the NIAA’s Top 10 Student-Athlete program.

This year’s honor for the high school continues a streak of 10 years for the Greenwave with Avery Strasdin being named to the program last year. Cady Cordes was named a recipient in 2013, followed by Erik Endacott (2014), Ali Tedford (2015), Tristen Thomson (2016), Whitney Skabelund (2017), Faith Cornmesser (2018), Sean McCormick (2019), and Tommy McCormick and Ashby Trotter (2020).

In all, 17 Fallon student-athletes have received the NIAA award. Tristin Adams was the school’s first recipient in 2003 followed by Reece Jones (2004), James Stubbs (2006) and Katherine Withers (2009).

“We’re proud to celebrate these student-athletes’ outstanding achievements in athletics, in their classrooms, and in their communities,” said Paul Parrish, One Nevada President and CEO. “Through pure determination, hard work, and Nevada grit these students excelled during the most challenging years of the pandemic. Their commitment to showing up for themselves, their teams, and their communities will help us build one Nevada that’s stronger than ever. That’s why we’re so pleased to award each of them a college scholarship and special gift in support of their education journey.”

2022 NIAA / One Nevada Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year Northern Nevada Top Ten Student-Athletes of the Year 
Audrey Brust, Bishop Manogue High School
Lila Humlick, Whittell High School
Kai Miller, Carson High School
Devin Moura, Pershing County High School
Isaac O'Neill, Fernley High School
Farryn Pauly, Galena High School
Jacob Penney, Spanish Springs High School
Aidan Pflieger, Reno High School
Madeline Stephens, Churchill County High School
Kyla Trotter, Churchill County High School


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