Plant’s Hyatt Criser named the state’s male scholar athlete of the year

Plant’s Hyatt Criser, a two-sport star who ranks near the top of his class academically, was named the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Ronald N. Davis male scholar-athlete of the year, an award given annually by the Florida Dairy Farmers.   

Criser, a senior, played lacrosse and was a swimmer all four years.

This past season, Criser finished second on the lacrosse team in goals scored with 54 and tied for third in assists with 21. His scoring ability played a big role in the Panthers reaching the Class 2A state semifinals. 

Criser had impressive numbers in the classroom, too. 

He held a 4.0 grade point average, belonged to the National Honor Society and was named Plant’s scholar athlete of the year.

In addition, Criser served as senior class president, Editor-in Chief of the school’s newspaper and co-president of the school’s student section. 

He also spent more than 430 hours of community service through his work with Teens in Action, Cornerstone and Camp Terrain. 

In the fall, Criser will head to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina, where he plans to study neuroscience.