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Spindler honored



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Gabriella Spindler (click for larger version)
April 11, 2012 - Clarkston High School senior Gabriella Spindler will receive the United States Tennis Association/Midwest Section's Helen Shockley's Award on April 21.

She was recently honored as the 2011 Hoxie Memorial Award Junior Player of the Year from the Southeastern Michigan Tennis Association.

Spindler finished 2011 ranked No. 5 in Southeastern Michigan and No. 33 in the USTA/Midwest Section. She competes in USTA and USTA/Midwest Section tournaments.

Spindler has played high school varsity tennis the past three years and has an overall 60-6 record.

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During her high school career she has won All-League, All-Region, All-County and All-State tennis honors.

During the past two years Spindler has competed as part of the Southeastern Michigan Tennis Association squad at the prestigious USTA/Midwest Section Marian Wood Baird Cup. Each year she finishes in the top tier of the Southeastern Michigan Tennis Association Junior District Qualifier.

Spindler is also a member of the National Honor Society and is a volunteer tutor and mentor at her high school. She also volunteers at two local tennis clubs.

After Spindler graduates in June, she will continue her academics and tennis at United States Military Academy at West Point.

"I am really excited," she said after signing her letter of intent, Nov. 18. "It is an honor to be chosen to not only go to the best school, but go into the military and serve my country after high school.

"The bonds you make at West Point, you make for life," Spindler added. "I could see it as soon as I was there. Your life depends on them - you are a unit. They are all super friendly and super nice."

Over 25,000 apply to West Point with 1,000-1,200 being accepted. Only 20 percent are female.

The Helen Shockley Award recognizes the outstanding 16 or 18-and-under age division female player from the USTA/Midwest Section for the highest standards of tennis accomplishments, character, conduct, sportsmanship and amateurism.

The USTA/Midwest Section is composed of 14 Districts in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin as well as designated counties in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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