Midlothian Students Top Academic All-state Honors

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Elizabeth Schmidt and Haydon Wiginton of Midlothian Heritage High School Photo courtesy Midlothian ISD

Congratulations To All of The Student Athletes Excelling Academically

Smart athletes make good athletes.

This is a testimony from virtually any coach who was ever on a sideline.

Need evidence? Some of the most successful high school sports programs around can be found in North Texas, many in the coverage area of Focus Daily News.

In fact, over 100 student athletes in late winter/spring sports were honored academically by the Texas High School Coaches Association. Among these, the Midlothian School District led the way with 36 student athletes receiving accolades (Midlothian Heritage 26, Midlothian High 10), followed by Duncanville with 27.

Two athletes from Heritage received double honors, being noted in two sports. Haydon Wiginton was awarded in boys soccer and track and field, while Elizabeth Schmidt was named in softball and track and field.

“MISD Athletics is so very proud of all of our academic all-state athletes. Our coaches work very hard pushing academic excellence by our student athletes,” said Midlothian ISD Athletic Director Todd York. “Our players go the extra mile to perform at the highest level both on and off the field. They continue to bring accolades to both the schools and community of Midlothian.”

To be nominated for THSCA Academic All-State, a student must be:

  • An athlete, student trainer or manager in good standing with the team.
  • Of good moral character.
  • A senior.
  • Have an overall grade point average of 92 or above (including courses from grades 9-11 and courses completed from grade 12). Weighted GPAs accepted.


South Grand Prairie – Elite team: Margo Traina, Albert Nguyen; first team: Alexander Lai, Jadyn Momixay; second team: Brett Busbee.


Grand Prairie – Honorable mention: Jesus Perez.


Duncanville – Second team: Jonas Rojas; honorable mention: Adrian Munoz.

Mansfield Lecacy – First team: Jacob Stillings; second team: Seldin Korkutovic, Benjamin Wright; honorable mention: Zachary Planche, Jimmy Nguyen, Aldo Vera.

Midlothian – Honorable mention: Eduardo Alexander Labrada.

Midlothian Heritage – Elite team: Elliot Moore; second team: Joseph Nguyen, Haydon Wiginton, Noah May, Brock Smalley, Caleb McRorey, Kylie Wimbish, Noah Gray; honorable mention: Noah Hobin.

South Grand Prairie – Honorable mention: Josue Olvera, Jaden Huynh, Ryan Cuajunco.

Waxahachie – Honorable mention: Miguel Serrato, Clyde Melick IV.


Cedar Hill – Second team: Anissa Salinas.

Duncanville – Second team: Natalie Lopez, Blanca Macias; honorable mention: Ariel Orozco, Kimberly Martin, Alyssa Rodriguez, Jessel Gonzalez.

Midlothian – First team: Amanda Oyobami Oyiyechukwu Omehe; honorable mention: Allyson Elizabeth Gibbs, Bailey Denise Wesco, Nelli Ignacia Villa-Estrada.

Midlothian Heritage – Second team: Hannah Dorsey; honorable mention: Rachel Allen.


Duncanville – Second team: Eric Gallegos, Juan Castorena; honorable mention: Jonas Gipson, Jose Zaragoza, Mario Garza.

Mansfield Summit – Honorable mention: Dayton Farrar, Emily Hill, Tristan Gonzalez.

Midlothian Heritage – Honorable mention: Brock Fuller.

South Grand Prairie – Second team: Nicolas Chavez.

Venus – Elite team: Allison Norrell; second team: Tyler Henrich; honorable mention: JuanGabriel Garcia, Nelly Perez.

Waxahachie – First team: Landon Davis.


Duncanville – Second team: Eric Torreblanca, Yasmin Vera-Eliserio, Alexander Phavongsa, Lorie Zhang; honorable mention: Crystal Batrez Ramirez, Makalia Davis-Swoopes.

South Grand Prairie – Second team: Vi Tran.


South Grand Prairie – Second team: Summer Vincent; honorable mention: Christopher Guerra.

Venus – Honorable mention: Heather Hargrove.


Cedar Hill – Second team: Arial Awuwoloye; honorable mention: Jocelyn Barnes.

Duncanville – First team: Kenna Collett.

Midlothian – First team: Allyson Bailey Hughes; honorable mention: Marilyn Johnson.

Midlothian Heritage – Second team: Elizabeth Schmidt; honorable mention: Hayden Brunson, Carmen Hammon.

Red Oak – Second team: Brianna Evans; honorable mention: Makyla Kelly, Abrianna Maples, Makinen Maines.


Duncanville – First team: Kaleb Berry; second team: Tyler Quinn.

Mansfield – First team: Cole Hardin; second team: Mitchell James, Zach Allison; honorable mention: David Godsey, Landen Cornatzer.

Midlothian Heritage – Second team: Remington Wuensch, Samuel Rice, Haydon Wiginton; honorable mention: Coby James, Tavin Clark, Peter Olusanya.

South Grand Prairie – Honorable mention: Collin Anderson, Edward Onasanya.

Venus – Honorable mention: Arath Flores, Gabriel Leal.


Duncanville – Second team: Kolbi Coleman, Journee Coleman, Makhiya McDonald; honorable mention: Natalie Moten, Avayon Harris.

Mansfield – First team: Katherine Blankenship; second team: Kylie Rochford, Natalie Williams, Asia Williams; honorable mention: Yarizel Marquez, Ameerah Raines.

Mansfield Lake Ridge – Second team: Maniah Williams, Courtney Tatum, Zoe Cordova; honorable mention: Nyia Roberts.

Midlothian – Honorable mention: Maykayla Jackson, Emma Garrison, Landri Schreier.

Midlothian Heritage – Second team: Camilla Vlach, Renee’ Elliott, Elizabeth Schmidt; honorable mention: Ellianna Holland, Emilee Page.

Waxahachie – Second team: Emma Curry.

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