Angela embodies a reconstruction of an old phrase, proving that effort is the better part of valor. The captain and centerfielder for the Florida Community College at Jacksonville softball team, Angela has earned accolades from her teammates, coaches and opponents for her consistent intensity and focus in games, practice and the classroom. A two-time All-Mid Florida Conference selection, Angela helped her team to back-to-back appearances in the Region 8 tournament. In 2007, she hit .290 with seven doubles, a home run, nine stolen bases and 16 walks. Described by many coaches in Region 8 as the student-athlete that most symbolizes the essence of sportsmanship, Angela maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA at FCCJ while also volunteering much of her time to local organizations, including Special Olympics, Take Stock in Children, and Shands Hospital. She also participated in several food and clothing drives and made regular visits to local nursing homes to assist with day-to-day activities and provide companionship for seniors. Named FCCJ’s President’s Award winner for her academic and athletic excellence, Angela looks forward to continuing her academic and athletic career next year at a four-year institution. She plans to pursue a degree in biology and a career in medicine. A native of Melrose, Fla., Angela’s long-term goal is to become a cardiovascular surgeon while remaining actively involved with softball.

Angela Verbeelen is the recipient of the 2006-2007 Lea Plarski Award.