All-Star Athlete photo gallery

Published On: Oct 26 2011 06:57:30 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 04 2011 07:00:00 PM EDT

Each week, The Local Station and VyStar Credit Union honors a high school athlete from any sport who also excels in academics and community service with the All-Star Athlete award. Return each week to see the week's honoree.

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Dakota Mahaffey is on the swimming team at Clay High School. In November 2014 Dakota earned 'Automatic All-American' High School status in the 100-yard backstroke and All-American consideration high school status in the 200-yard individual medley. He is 2A High School State Champion in the 100-yard backstroke. Dakota is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has participated in mission trips to North Dakota and Cannonball Indian Reservation. He currently has a 4.0 GPA.

Watch Dakota's interview with sports director Sam Kouvaris


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