INDIANAPOLIS – Culver Girls Academy basketball player Andrijana Cvitkovic received a major surprise during the halftime of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Game Saturday (June 15) night. She received the John Wooden/MCL Restaurant & Bakery All-Star Citizenship Award.
Receiving the honor was made even better because her mother Sanja, brother Silvio, and grandmother Gordana Cerni were present to watch her play her last games as a high school student. They arrived in Culver from Kraljevica, Croatia for graduation and stayed to watch the home-and-home series against the Kentucky All-Stars. It was also the first time her family has gotten to watch her play in the United States.
The Wooden Award is given to the girls and boys All-Star team member who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship off the basketball court. Each winner’s school receives $500 for their athletic department.
Cvitkovic was nominated by CGA coach Gary Christlieb. She has been active in the CGA leadership system, serving as Tower hall prefect and as a member of the honor council. She has also volunteered for the Relay For Life of Culver, Special Olympics, and served as a peer tutor. In Croatia, she completed 60 hours of volunteer work at a children’s hospital near her home. Academically, she has received three Gold A’s (3.75 or higher).
The winner of the CGA Outstanding Sportswoman of the Year award, Cvitkovic has been named to numerous tournament all-star teams, is a two-time team most valuable player, and was ranked as the 45th best girls high school player in the nation by ESPN. She is Culver’s third all-time leading scorer (1,240 points) behind 1990 Miss Basketball Patricia Babcock (2,199) and Vanessa Jackson ’04 (1,619). Cvitkovic and Babcock are the only two CGA basketball players selected for the Indiana All-Star team.
Over the weekend, Cvitkovic scored one point and grabbed three rebounds during the team’s 84-78 loss in Louisville on Friday. She scored two points in Saturday’s 100-86 win. Cvitkovic will be playing for the University of Dayton Flyers this fall.