Victoria Orcutt, a record-breaking competitor, named Heisman High School Scholarship National Winner

Victoria Orcutt, a record-breaking competitor, named Heisman High School Scholarship National Winner

Victoria Orcutt, Fort Walton Beach High School, has been named a Heisman High School Scholarship National Winner. A judging panel selected one senior male, Logan Alvarez, Miami Southridge Senior High School, Miami, and one senior female, Victoria Orcutt, Fort Walton Beach High School, from the 12 National Finalists as Heisman High School Scholarship National Winners. National Award Winners will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, as well as national recognition during the televised ESPN Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Victoria Orcutt has mastered success. Her impressive accolades as a multi-sport scholar-athlete include competing and winning at the State and National levels while academically maintaining a 4.71 grade point average. Highlights include setting 11 school and 4 district records in swimming, being named Northwest Florida’s Swimmer of the Year in 2018, and representing the United States at 2018 Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships and the 2017 and 2018 Pan American Championships. To learn more about the winners, visit https://heismanscholarship.com/results/.

While she is a determined competitor, she never forgets Albert Einstein’s words of wisdom: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Her parents have modeled these words for Victoria her entire life. As a military family, sacrifice and selflessness have always come first, and the family has “packed our lives into boxes and followed the path of service,” on many occasions. With the constant moves, sports, academics, and service have helped Victoria stay grounded. And seeing her father rise to the call of duty time and time again has inspired Victoria to push through her own challenges, including the stress of multiple deployments and a personal growth plate injury, to channel her inner strength and emerge even stronger for the experience.

While she has given more than 900 community service hours to a variety of deserving organizations, she has two primary passions: supporting military deployed families and working to raise awareness of suicide prevention. After losing a teammate to suicide, Victoria established the Vikings Take Five to Save Lives, a suicide prevention program that raises awareness and funds for mental health support. She led a group of 50 volunteers and ran daily activities during National Suicide Prevention Week, culminating in a Community Mile for Mental Health Run. Her efforts reached over 50,000 community members and her program is being adopted by other local schools. As a participant in Florida’s American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program, Victoria wrote and advocated for a bill to promote mental health resources in schools, which now sits on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk. While she won the Girls State Outstanding Citizen Award for her efforts, she’s most proud of the impact she’s made, which could help to save lives.

Athletic Achievements

Swimming

  • Captain
  • Varsity Letter Winner
  • All-Conference
  • All-State
  • 11 School Records
  • 4 District Records
  • US Swimming Jr National Qualifier
  • Southeastern All-Star Team & Southern Zone Champion
  • 2018 Northwest Florida Swimmer of the Year
  • High School State Swim Championship Runner-Up Team & 10x Medalist

Modern Pentathlon

  • Captain
  • Varsity Letter Winner
  • All-Conference
  • All-District
  • All-State
  • 2018 Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships
  • 2017 & 2018 Pan American Championship
  • USA Pentathlon HS All-American & 5x National Champion

Track & Field

  • Captain
  • Varsity Letter Winner
  • All-Conference
  • All-District
  • All-State
  • 2x HS State Track & Field Championship Medalist

Cross Country

  • Captain
  • Varsity Letter Winner
  • All-Conference
  • All-District
  • All-State
  • Soccer
  • Varsity Letter Winner

Academic Honors & Awards

  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • National Honor Society
  • Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Academic All-American
  • HOBY Academic All-Star
  • OK Academic Runner-Up Swim Team
  • Beta State Champion (Poetry/History)
  • Science National Honor Society
  • Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society
  • FWBHS Hall of Fame
  • Okaloosa Distinguished Young Women Academic Award
  • 3x Okaloosa County Anne T. Mitchell Academic Award
  • All-Academic Track Team
  • 3x Swimming Scholar-Athlete
  • 2x Cross Country Scholar-Athlete
  • Girls State Outstanding Citizen Award
  • Graduating Top 1% of Class / Summa Cum Laude

School & Community Involvement

  • Student Council Representative
  • National Honor Society President
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes President
  • Key Club Leader
  • FWBHS Student 2 Student/BTWHS Teen Advisory Board President
  • FWBHS I Am Enough Club/BTWHS Hornets Against Hunger President
  • FWBHS Viking Ladies/BTWHS Hornet Spirit Club Leader
  • Vikings Take 5 to Save Lives Founder – FWBHS Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness
  • Hurlburt Field/Military Deployed Family Support Leader
  • St. Mary’s Youth Leader and Teacher
  • Hurlburt Chapel Altar Server and Volunteer
  • Mount Carmel Swim Team Volunteer Coach
  • BTWHS Hornets Against Hunger/Oklahoma Food Bank/FWBHS Beta Backpack Program
  • Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar
  • Girl Scouts
  • Deployed Airmen Care Packages
  • Coast Aquatics
  • Hurricane Michael Relief

“The moments in my life that bring the most fulfillment are those in which I am serving others.”

~ Victoria Orcutt ~

The content for this article has been obtained from https://heismanscholarship.com/results/.