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Peoria student wins numerous academic, sports awards

Plans to attend U.S. Air Force Academy

Posted 5/25/22

Andrew Richardson, a senior at Northwest Christian High School, decided during the summer of his freshman year that he wanted to play baseball at West Point.

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education

Peoria student wins numerous academic, sports awards

Plans to attend U.S. Air Force Academy

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Andrew Richardson, a senior at Northwest Christian High School, decided during the summer of his freshman year that he wanted to play baseball at West Point.

His parents said, "Oh ok, why don't you pick something hard?"

That started the four year journey to his high school graduation and being  presented his official appointment from Col. Calvin Lowrie Jr. to the United States Air Force Academy.

His athletic awards include AIA 3A North Central Region Player of the Year, AIA 3A North Central Region 1st Team and Sports360AZ All-Academic baseball team for Divisions 1A, 2A and 3A.

He also had a 4.5 weighted GPA.

The left-handed pitcher and center fielder helped take his team to victory with an undefeated conference record this year. They won the 3A Championship May 16 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

He was nomincated by Rep. Debbie Lesko to The U.S. Air Force Academy and The U.S. Naval Academy. Richardson received early acceptance to West Point and a full appointment to The U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Richardson has a passion for the deaf community. He is in the American Sign Language National Honor Society and is the president of the Northwest Christian Happy Hands ASL Club, as well as received the Laurent Clerc Medal for academic excellence in ASL.

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