More Awards for Cardinal Newman Senior, Ashlyn Watkins

Cardinal Newman senior, Ashlyn Watkins, continues to be rewarded for all her hard work on the basketball court. But what you might not know about Ashlyn is that she works just as hard in the classroom and the community. 
 
Watkins has volunteered locally as a peer tutor at Cardinal Newman and as a student ambassador for school events. She has also donated her time as a summer camp counselor. Watkins has maintained a 4.06 weighted GPA in the classroom, and signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of South Carolina this fall.
 
Watkins was recently selected as a McDonald's All-American player, and will head to Chicago this summer to play with an against the other top 23 best high school girls basketball players in the United States. For several decades, the McDonald's All American Games have elevated the best high school basketball players into the next generation of greats, where new aspirations are born and dreams are realized.
 
Watkins has been a stand-out player this season, averaging 20 points per game and is set to play basketball for Hall of Famer and four-time Olympic gold medalist, Coach Dawn Staley.
 
On Wednesday, March 9, Watkins was presented with a commemorative jersey that will hang in the gym at Cardinal Newman for years to come. That same morning, just by chance, Watkins received word that she had also been named the 2021-22 Gatorade South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Watkins is the first Gatorade South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Cardinal Newman School. 
 
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Watkins as South Carolina’s best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March, Watkins joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports. 
 
Earlier in March, Watkins was named to the 2022 Jersey Mike’s Naismith National High School All-America Girls Teams. Just this morning, the Jordan Brand Classic announced that Watkins has been selected for their roster as well. It's safe to say that the awards and accolades will continue, and the future is very bright for Watkins. 
 
Ashlyn Watkins embodies everything we strive for here at Cardinal Newman. She has redefined excellence on the court, in the classroom and in our community.