Ultra Ankle JVA AthLeader Award

The 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeader Award selects 20 girls indoor junior volleyball players who exemplify academic excellence, leadership, responsibility, and selflessness.

Congratulations to the 2019 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders!  View honorees HERE. Read full release HERE.

As an organization committed to the growth and development of junior volleyball, we value the commitment and achievement of our JVA players. This award recognizes the top JVA member club players in the nation for outstanding achievement outside of the volleyball court in the 15s-18s age divisions. 

Players graduating High School in 2022, 2021 and 2020 are eligible for nomination by a JVA Club Director. Nominees display leadership, responsibility, and success in extracurricular activities (i.e. volunteer work, honor roll, class officer, musical achievements, etc). Nominations will require the player's name, club, team, and a list of accolades earned outside of the volleyball court. Limit 3 players for age division per club.

Nomination Period
Nominations will be accepted April 8th-May 3rd.

Selection Process
Awardees will be chosen by the JVA Awards Committee and announced May 16, 2019.

Winners will be presented with an award and gift from Ultra Ankle® at the JVA Midyear meeting at the AAU National Championships in Orlando, FL. Winners will have the opportunity to accept an NCSA I Will Award to provide guidance and exposure to the recruiting process.

Click here to view the 2016 JVA AthLeaders

Click here to view the 2017 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders

Click here to view the 2018 Ultra Ankle® JVA AthLeaders


2013 Ultra Ankle JVA AthLeader Award

Ashley Levy

Amarillo Juniors
171 Royal

Ashley is a 4.0 student at Amarillo High School in Texas. She is the President of the National Honor
Society and member of the Spanish Club, Student Council and Key Club. In 2013 Ashley was awarded
the Top Academic Student Award, and in 2012 she received the Department of English Award as the top
English Student at her high school. Ashley is a classically trained pianist for 13 years and is a member of
the Amarillo Symphony Belle. She is an active volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House where she
volunteers weekly as the Youth Coordinator and Golf Fundraiser volunteer. She participates in canned
food drives, the Evelyn Rivers Christmas Coat Drive, Rainbow Roon Fundraiser, and is an usherette for
the Lone Star Ballet and Community Theater volunteer.

Molly Jo Aiken

Team Sting
18 Black

Molly Jo is an outstanding student at Vestavia Hills High School in Alabama with a 4.0 grade point
average. She is a member of the National Honor Society and German Honor Society. As a music
enthusiast, Molly Jo is part of Vestavia Hills Music Performers Club and Vestavia Hills Symphonic Band,
Marching Band and Music Honors Society. Molly Jo is a Head Coach for Vestavia Hills Central
Elementary Volleyball League and Literary Review Staff Member for Vestavia Hills Muse Staff.

Danielle Densford

Middle Blocker
18 White

Danielle is the Valedictorian of her class among 192 students at Silver Creek High School where she
holds a 4.0 grade point average. She is in all AP classes and is a member of the National Young Scholars
Program. Her academic performance has given her opportunities to gain educational experience abroad
in Dubai and Abu Dubai where she visited the US Consulate Office to discover and evaluate trade
regulation of US exports to Dubai. She met leaders of Middle Eastern Leadership Academy (MELA) to
discuss cultural perceptions of the Middle East, and also met with the COO of Rotana, the fastest
growing hotel chain in the Middle East. In addition, she has spent time in New Dehli and Agra, India as
part of an accelerated program at her high school. Danielle participates in the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes & Ozone, while volunteering at her local preschool and community church.

Nikia Clark

Middle Blocker
Hampton Roads Juniors

Nikia is a National Honor Society member at Peninsula Catholic High School in Virginia where she holds a
3.9 grade point average. She is also a member of the National French Honor Society and National Young
Leaders. Nikia was accepted into the International Baccalaureate Program and Governors School of
Science and Technology. She received the Community Spirit Award from the Newport News Public
Schools and participated in the Emerging Leader Institute Program. In addition, Nikia is a member of the
orchestra where she received outstanding merit in Virginia District VIII and MVP of her high school

Jenna Stefan

Outside Hitter
Milwaukee Sting
15 Black

Jenna currently holds a 4.0 grade point average at Arrowhead High School in Wisconsin, where she is
enrolled in AP and honors courses. She participates in Key Club and Student Council, volunteering for
community service projects such as food drives, fundraisers for Christmas presents and Jeans for Teens.
During her 8th grade year she was an English mentor for fellow students. Jenna volunteered for the
Special Olympics of Wisconsin in 2012 and participated in a program to collect funds for breast cancer
during the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. She was also the captain of her school softball team and an Assistant
Coach for Little League Softball for two years.

Grace James

16 Red

This spring Grace was inducted into the National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade point average and
ranked first in her class at Perry Central High School in Kentucky. She has received academic awards for
highest GPA in World History, Algebra I and Algebra II, Honors English Language Arts and Honors
Biology. She is a member of the High School Academic Team for English Language Arts, Foreign
Language Club and Pep Club. In the fall of 2012 she was chosen as the High School Representative for
the Waupaca Business Leadership Academy. Other extracurricular activities include Youth Leadership
Perry County, 4-H Club, freshman and sophomore class representative for Key Club, Volunteer at Perry
County Animal Shelter and Power of Youth. Grace also runs track and field where she was the Sectional
Champion and school record holder for the 800m in 2012. She was an IHSAA Track and Field State
qualifier as the anchor of the 3200m Relay.

Kristi Vaughn

North Georgia Rage

Kristi holds a 4.0 grade point average at Sonoraville High School in Georgia where she ranks first in her
class of 227 students. She received academic honors including Academic Top 5 Award and Top Honors
in math and chemistry. Kristi is her Class Vice President and FCA Vice President. In addition, she is a
member of Youth Leadership for Calhoun-Gordon County. Kristi is the recipient of the Gold Presidential
Community Service Award and is a member of HOSA and SADD. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant and
spends time at her church nursery.

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