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Andrew Pudas Recognized with Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award

April 30th, 2015 (Tampa, FL) — The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Board is pleased to share that Bloomingdale High School senior Andrew Pudas has been selected as the “April Student Athlete of the Month.” The mission of The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award is to celebrate outstanding high school student athletes and coaches throughout Hillsborough County. Angela Rodante presented Andrew with the award as well as a $1,000 check that was donated to the school’s athletic department on Wednesday, April 29th during a school gathering.

Andrew is co-captain of the tennis team and was nominated by his coach Eva Applebee for his unwavering focus and commitment along with his exceptional talent. Currently ranked first on the team, Andrew has been a varsity member and competed in Districts for four years. Additionally, he earned an All-County honorable mention in 10th and 11th grade and was named to the first team Western Conference.

Andrew is the true embodiment of what it means to be a Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award winner. He gives back to the community through various endeavors including providing youth tennis lessons and volunteering at a horse rescue farm. Andrew has maintained an excellent GPA throughout high school and plans to attend the University of South Florida to major in accounting.


  • The student athlete’s name and year (juniors and seniors only);
  • Current overall GPA (GPA of 3.0 or above);
  • Sport and athletic achievements; Community involvement;
  • Any hardships overcome by the student athlete;
  • and Plans for continuing education.