By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports
PUNTA GORDA — Jack Fining has a place in the history books at Charlotte High School.
Fining, a three-star athlete for the Tarpons, was named to the Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team on Monday, making him the first Tarpon to ever receive that honor. The senior has a 4.0 unweighted GPA in his high school career and an weighted GPA of 4.591, which is second-highest in his class.
The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) partnered with the Florida Dairy Farmers to recognize seniors from around the state for superb academic and athletic achievement. Fining was one of 24 student-athletes in the state, out of 127 qualifying applications, to receive the honor. Nominees were scored on their academic record, athletic participation, non-athletic activities, community activities and an essay.
To be considered, students had to be a graduating senior who received a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA while earning letters in at least two FHSAA-sanctioned varsity sports their junior and senior years.
Fining overachieved in both of those categories. While maintaining a 4.0, Fining lettered in football, weightlifting and track and field his sophomore, junior and senior years. As an offensive lineman, he helped lead the football team to back-to-back district title his junior and senior years, including a Class 6A state semifinal appearance this past fall.
In addition to his academics and athletics, the senior still finds time to excel in the community. Fining represented Charlotte at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Invitational Mathematics Competition for three years, and has also dedicated a lot of time to community service, even organizing a book drive for the Boys & Girls Club in addition to participating in Relay for Life.
Fining will be attending the University of Florida this fall to pursue a career in computer science/engineering.