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Ahnie Jumper earns major athletic awards

PLANTATION — Following the conclusion of her final high school softball season at American Heritage School, accolades have been rolling in for Ahnie Jumper of the Big Cypress Reservation.

During a special graduation ceremony for American Heritage School softball seniors May 25, catcher Ahnie Jumper receives the school’s Female Senior Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award from Athletic Director Karen Stearns. (Weston Photography Studio photo)

In a span of a couple weeks, Jumper was named First Team All-Broward by the Miami Herald, Second Team All-Broward by the Sun-Sentinel and she captured American Heritage’s top award for female athletes.

Jumper, daughter of Josh and Andrea Jumper, batted over .400 and had five multiple hit and five multiple RBI games during the regular season in her senior year.

Behind the plate, Jumper was the primary catcher for a pitching staff that racked up 12 shutouts and compiled a team ERA just a sliver above 1.00.

On the morning of May 25, Jumper was among the Broward County standouts recognized by the Herald during the newspaper’s athletic awards ceremony at Signature Grand ballroom in Davie. Jumper’s First Team All-Broward selection as a catcher came in the Class 2A-6A category. She was one of a half-dozen American Heritage players who made First Team, proof of just how strong the Patriots were in 2017 as they compiled a 25-4 record and won district and regional titles and finished runner-up in 6A.

The 6A title game in Vero Beach conflicted with American Heritage’s graduation ceremony, which was held at about the same time. Hence, the team’s seniors missed walking and turning their tassels with the rest of their classmates, however, a special ceremony for those players was held in the evening of May 25.

After Jumper received her diploma, more good news came her way as the Florida Gulf Coast University-bound catcher was named Female Senior

Ahnie Jumper wears the medallion she earned for being named Miami Herald First Team All-Broward catcher for classes 2A-6A. (Kevin Johnson photo)

Outstanding Athlete, an honor which covers all sports at the school. Heritage quarterback Jason Brown, who is headed to Harvard University, won the award among male athletes.

Here are remarks from American Heritage Athletic Director Karen Stearns in announcing Ahnie Jumper as the school’s Female Senior Outstanding Athlete during the ceremony:

During her nine years at American Heritage, this outstanding young lady has been a part of not one, not two but four different sports: volleyball, basketball, bowling and softball supporting our school.

As a four-sport student-athlete, she is also a standout in our softball program participating since 6th grade, playing on the varsity team since 8th grade as a catcher and an outfielder.
She is an active leader on and off the field having helped lead her team to the state tournament last year and this year. Her teammates look up to her and her coaches respect and value her opinion and feedback.

Some of her accolades have been: leading her team for the inaugural bowling season this year; for softball was chosen as a Second Team All-County player in her junior year and a First-Team All-County player as a sophomore and senior. A solid academic student who also has over 130 community service hours and on top of all of this, also participates in several outside functions.

One of her softball coaches has said: “She is a Patriot in every way and strives for her team’s success and does whatever it takes to help them be successful.”
It is with great pride I introduce our Female Senior Outstanding Athlete: Ahnie Jumper.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at

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