Marcella Benner
Marcella Benner
Height: 5-7
Year: So.
Hometown: Valrico, Fla.
High School: Newsome HS
Major: Cybersecurity/Finance

As a Sophomore: Competed in the Valdosta State 5k (8/31/18) and placed 36th overall with a time of 22:10.9.

As a Freshman: Was a member of the member of the women's basketball team...Saw action in three games as a true freshman...Made collegiate debut in Sunshine State Conference game versus Lynn (12/2)...Scored two points on pair of free throws against Florida Tech (2/7).

High School: Graduate of Newsome High School…Played for coach David Kaufman…Earned 15 letters throughout high school career…Was winningest girl's basketball player at Newsome High School…Scored 14 points against high school rival in a game that was aired on television…Also ran cross country, where she was MVP as a senior…Was a three-time state qualifier and team captain as a junior and senior…Also ran track, where she was four-time regional qualifier and team captain as a junior and senior.

Personal: Graduated in Top 1 percent of graduating class…Received AP Scholar with Honor Award, AP Scholar with Distinction Award and National AP Scholar Award…Recipient of the Athena Society of Tampa's Young Women of Promise Award…Named National Merit Scholarship Commended Student…Was Tampa Tribune Honors Student, Environmental Science Student of the Rear in 2017 and Principal's Honor Roll…Volunteered with Meals On Wheels, Relay For Life and science and math tutoring…Majoring in cybersecurity and finance, minor in math…Daughter of Brent and Cindy Benner…Has three older siblings, Lars, Bayleigh and Leif…Both brothers attended UT as Lars was member of cross country and track teams…Leif played for club hockey team at Tampa…Birthdate: 2/3/1999.