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Lafayette senior Carter Kale was honored for his athletic and academic achievements Wednesday when he was named Group 3A Male Athlete of the Year by the Virginia High School League.
Kale, who won three state swimming titles in the 500 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay, helped lead Lafayette to a second-place finish at the 3A state swim meet.
A Virginia Tech swimming commit, Kale was nominated for the award by Lafayette Athletic Director Dan Barner and Principal Anita Swinton.
Every VHSL affiliated school has the opportunity to nominate a male and female representative for the awards.
“I was very excited. I was humbled, also,” Kale said of being chosen for the award. “I didn’t think I was going to get it, so I was really humbled that I was picked out of the group. It was an incredible honor. I’m happy that I’m being recognized for the hard work that I put in the classroom and athletics.”
As well as succeeding in the pool, Kale excelled in the classroom, holding a GPA of 4.37 while holding membership in four different honor societies at Lafayette.
Kale, an active volunteer in the community, is also the president of the Lafayette Pep Club, the secretary of the National Honor Society, an officer of the Lafayette Key Club and the vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honor society.
For Kale, the award is simply a result of him trying to give back to the community.
“I’m just trying to give back for all that I’ve been given in life.”