Stephanos, who graduated this year, was nominated by Howard boys' lacrosse coach Jimmy Creighton, who described Stephanos as "a great leader, mentor, student and teammate."
"He is everything a coach would want in a captain and a leader for their team," Creighton wrote in his nomination. "More importantly he is a leader in our school building and community, he is well-liked by his peers and teachers due to his hard work and respectful behavior."
This season, Stephanos helped lead Howard High School to a regional title, but the Lions fell to Severna Park, 9-6, in the 4A title game.
"Sports have always been a part of my life, playing football, basketball and lacrosse at Howard," Stephanos said as he received the award. "My senior year, I was only able to play lacrosse because of an injury but I've been able to have lots of different coaches and lots of different players influence me."
Stephanos thanked the coaches and players who had mentored him. He also highlighted how different players and coaches have helped him grow on and off the field, leaving him with a lasting takeaway: "Being a good person to others and being able to work hard in a sport makes you want to work hard in life as well."
During the award presentation, Creighton praised Stephanos' "leadership qualities and his skills as a leader on and off the field."
Off the field, Stephanos is active in a number of organizations, including Best Buddies, Future Business Leaders of America and Special Olympics of Maryland.
Stephanos will continue his lacrosse career nearby at UMBC next year, where he said he is looking forward to working with head coach Ryan Moran and his staff.