By Christina Garibaldi
Earlier this week MTV News hit up the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Awards Dinner, where twelve student-athletes from across the country were recognized for their achievements both on-and-off the field. Yet only two could take home the grand prize, and this year it went to soccer player Morgan Brian and baseball player Dylan Bundy.
Morgan became the first soccer player to receive the award in its nine-year history. “I’m the first soccer player to win it’” Morgan said after accepting the award. “So I wasn’t expecting it.” Morgan is headed to the University of Virginia next year, where we are sure she will continue to dominate the soccer field.
Dylan took home the male Athlete of the Year Award and his future is looking pretty bright. He was the fourth overall selection in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft and you can see him next year on the mound pitching for the Baltimore Orioles.
“This is going to be my favorite award I’ve ever received,” Dylan said upon receiving the award.
And if that wasn’t enough, the two winners got to walk the red carpet at the ESPY Awards, rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names in sports—and Justin Beiber!
“It’s one of the best feelings to see all these famous athletes walking right next to you,” Morgan said on the red carpet. “You kind of feel important.”