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Ciata Lattisaw, a member of the varsity girls' basketball team at Dunbar High School, has been named the District of Columbia State Athletic Association U.S. Army Impact Player of the Month for December.
Lattisaw, a sophomore, was nominated for the award by Lishay Wilkerson, the athletic assistant at Dunbar. Wilkerson chose Lattisaw for her outstanding play on the court, as well as her prowess in the classroom. Lattisaw currently holds a 4.02 GPA, which is one of the best at Dunbar.
To Shayla Williams, Dunbar's varsity girls' basketball head coach, Lattisaw is someone who makes an all-around impact for her team.
"Ciata is a phenomenal kid. She's a great leader; she has a great work ethic and shows great determination," Williams said. "She makes an impact on our team because, as we do study hall, she's the first one in the study hall. She ensures everyone comes to study hall, and if they need assistance, she assists."
On the court, Lattisaw does an excellent job leading the Crimson Tide's offense from the point guard position. Williams described Lattisaw as Dunbar's floor general, as well as being an intelligent player, knowing her role and the roles of her teammates. The Crimson Tide is excelling as a result, holding a 6-2 overall record this season.
"I'm truly honored. Being the first female to get this award is a history-maker," Lattisaw said.
Looking ahead, Lattisaw is excited for the reminder of the season.
"I just always work had and give 100 percent to anything I do and everything I do. I encourage my teammates to do the same," Lattisaw said. "I just want to be a better teammate and help them score."
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PressBox, County Sports Zone and the U.S. Army are proud to be teaming up with the DCSAA to honor a U.S. Army High School Impact Player every month. The award honors student-athletes who have impacted their team and community in a positive way, on and off the field.
Nominees will be accepted from any DCSAA high school and can be submitted by parents, coaches, teachers or fellow students. Nominations can be emailed to Wick Eisenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "DCSAA U.S. Army Impact Player of the Month Nomination."