Published: Dec 12, 2013 6:51 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.--A Southwest Florida athlete is in the running to be the nation's Ultimate Athlete.  It's competition by USA Today.  Amanda Gross is a star athlete at Ida Baker High School in Cape Coral.  

Just a freshman, she's been nominated to the top 100 high school athletes in the country, and has advanced to the top 36.

Gross was nominated for her athleticism in both volleyball and track, and her competitiveness in the Junior ROTC program.

"It's a big deal, going against so many kids that are older than me, most of them seniors around the country," she said.

Amanda is one of two freshman in the country and only one of three from Florida that is a volleyball player.

"She's driven and has an intensity that she carries onto the court.  She has a great deal of leadership on and off the court and we're just, we're happy to have her," Coach Rene Van Horn said.

If Gross continues to advance, Ida Baker High School is eligible to win $1,000 for athletics and more than $7,000 worth of Asics gear and equipment.

Voting Details
The semi-final round, goes through Monday, December 16th at 12 P.M.
From there, 36 athletes will be narrowed down to eight finalists.
Anyone can vote as many times as they want.  To vote for Amanda, click here.