Cherokee angler finalist for Bassmaster High School All-American Team
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Cherokee Nation citizen Dakota Page, of Catoosa, Oklahoma, made the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team for Oklahoma and is a finalist for Bassmaster High School All-American Team.
The 16-year-old is a junior at Sequoyah-Claremore High School.
Sixty-two high school anglers from across the country were named to their respective all-state fishing teams presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.
The students were selected based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.
“The Bassmaster High School All-American program recognizes the best young anglers in the nation,” B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin said. “These student athletes are at the top of our sport both with their tournament success and academic achievements. We are proud to honor their accomplishments on a national level.”
To be considered for an all-state team, a student must have been nominated by a parent, coach, teacher or other school official. Students currently enrolled in grades 10-12 with a current-year grade point average of 2.5 or higher were eligible.
“It is an honor to be recognized by Bassmaster as a member of the 2019 Oklahoma All-State Team. I absolutely love to fish and I thank my teammate, Bryce Blue, for getting me into tournament fishing. We finished fourth in the FLW State Championship on Lake Eufala in my very first tournament two years ago. My family has been so supportive, and I just want to keep fishing in college and hopefully as a pro,” Page said. “If I was selected to the All-American team I would be so honored and humbled to be joining the nation’s 12 best high school anglers. I would also get to check off a bucket list fishery, Lake Fork in Texas, because that is where the Bassmaster All-American tournament will be held in May. It would be an absolute dream come true.”
In addition, 32 students received honorable mentions recognizing them for their tournament success as well as community service and academic achievement.
“These qualifiers are helping shape the future of our sport,” Hank Weldon, senior manager of the B.A.S.S. High School program, said. “Their enthusiasm for sportfishing and their communities is exceptional, and we can only imagine what the future holds for these anglers. We are extremely proud to see our Bassmaster All-American program flourish, and we congratulate these student anglers on their success on and off the water.”
A second panel of judges was to review nominations of the 62 all-state team members and select the 12 members of the 2019 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team. As in All-State judging, criteria include success in high school fishing tournaments, involvement in conservation efforts and other community service activities.
The 12 finalists will compete in a one-day Bassmaster All-American High School Bass Tournament held during the 2019 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department event on May 2-6 on Lake Fork out of Emory, Texas.
Joining Page on the Oklahoma All-State Fishing Team is Charles Williams, of Mannford, and Quinton Story, of Henryetta, was the honorable mention.