The Sac-Joaquin Section is putting its money where its mouth is, awarding $35,600 in scholarships to 51 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their high school careers.
The award, named after former Section and State CIF President A. Dale Lacky, honors
the top male and female student-athletes. The committee has selected four male and four female students as the recipients of a $1,000 scholarship. The remaining nominees are awarded a $600 scholarship. There are also two $1,500 winners.
All schools are allowed to play an extra volleyball game and an extra boys and girls
basketball game, with 50 percent of the gate going toward the scholarship fund. More than $25,000 was generated through the foundation games.
The winners will be recognized at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony, which will take place Thursday (April 3, 2014) at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. The program will start at 9 a.m. The Section will also be honoring three male and three female model coach winners at this breakfast as well. Section Hall of Famer and former Olympian Suzy Powell is the keynote speaker.
There were five scholar-athltetes from The 209 who earned $1,000 scholarships (They’re listed on our previous post on the Black Hat Football site), and 15 more who earned $600 awards. Here are those 15 kids who pocketed $600 for college expenses:
ANNA CARDENAS (Sierra-Manteca) – Anna played tennis for four years, competed on the track and field team for three years and played basketball once. In tennis, she’s earned Rookie of the Year honors, Most Improved honors, was named all-league twice, was team captain twice, team MVP once and in her senior year was named the Manteca Bulletin Area Tennis Player of the Year. She’s a member of the Debate Club, helped found Journalism Tech – a club that helps revitalize journalism in high schools – she participated in the Stanford Education Program for Gifted Youth with a focus on legal studies and creative writing and she participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine. She received the AP Scholar Award, Kiwanis Academic Excellence Award and she’s been awarded Lobo Gold for all four years. Anna has a 4.28 GPA, which is No. 2 in her class of 365. She is undecided in her college choice, and will major in communications, computer science or biology with future goals of becoming a journalist, veterinarian or computer scientist.
MAGGIE CASTEEL (Escalon) – Maggie played basketball for four years and played tennis and ran cross country for three years each. All three of her tennis teams won league titles, she was a team captain in basketball her senior year, and she won scholar athlete honors in each of her seasons. She’s won several first-place medals in Academic Decathlon, won the Escalon Sunrise Rotary Speech Contest and she’s won academic excellence awards for both AP Calculus and AP Physics. She volunteers with the Park Fete Cleanup, Santa Cruz Beach Cleanup, Van Allen Harvest Festival, the Escalon Unified elementary school races and the El Portal Middle School Super Bowl Run. Maggie has a 4.26 GPA, which is No. 1 in her class of 193. She will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and major in aerospace engineering with the future goal of going into that field.
BREEANA HERNANDEZ (Stagg-Stockton) – Breeana played soccer for all four years and she played golf her senior year. She was the soccer team MVP twice and named to the all-league team once. Her senior year is ongoing. She’s received the Principal’s Award her first three years of high school. She’s a member of the National Honors Society, California Scholarship Federation and the Interact Club, which puts on a lot of community service events. She volunteers at the St. Mary’s Dining Hall as well as at special events at St. Michael’s Church. Breeana has a 4.46 GPA, which ranks her No. 1 in her class of 351. She will attend UC San Diego, where she will major in biological sciences or pre-medicine with the future goal of becoming a surgeon.
KAITLIN MORGAN (Lincoln-Stockton) – Kaitlin played basketball for four years, soccer for three years, volleyball for two and golf and tennis for one year apiece. She’s seen her basketball teams win three league titles and was named all-league her junior year. She’s a four-time scholar-athlete award winner and a member of Link Crew, Every 15 Minutes and the Homecoming Court. She volunteers as a youth coach for the YMCA and as a mentor for the COVE program. Kaitlin has a 3.88 GPA and is undecided on her school of choice, although she has been accepted to several schools in the CSU system. She is undecided on her college major, but plans on going into the pharmacy business.
ANAIYA RELIFORD (Hughes Academy-Stockton) – Anaiya played basketball and volleyball two years each and competed for the track and field team once. She is a member of Hughes Academy student government, the Prom Committee, the Black Student Union and was named to the Principal’s List. She competes for her school’s Academic Decathlon and Mock Trial. She volunteers at the local book fair, at a local Herbalife distributor and during her junior year she helped paint a mural at Franklin High. Anaiya has a 4.2 GPA. She will attend Yale University after also being accepted to Hampton University. She is undecided on her major, but has future aspirations of becoming a Supreme Court Justice, astrophysicist or chemical engineer.
SHEA WILLIAMS (Mariposa) – Shea played volleyball, basketball and softball for all four years, earning 11 varsity letters. In volleyball, she won the Most Improved Award once and was named all-league once. In basketball, she was named all-league all four years and was the team MVP once. In softball, she’s received the team top offensive award three times, been all-league three times and was named to the Merced Sun-Star all-Area team twice. Her senior season is ongoing. She is the school’s athletic commissioner, secretary for CSF and also for the Frisbee Club. She was a representative at the Rotary RYLA Camp and volunteers with the Community Service Club, the local senior center and with her church’s vacation Bible school. Shea has a 4.33 GPA, which ranks her No. 5 in her class of 148. She will attend Baylor University, where she will play softball and will major in athletic training with the future goal of becoming a personal trainer or physical therapist for an athletic team.
MICHALA WYRSCH (Gregori-Modesto) – Michala has played volleyball and competed for the track and field team for all four years at Gregori. In volleyball, she’s been named all-league three times and was a team captain for three years. She won the Coach’s Award her freshman and senior years. She received the team Most Inspirational award once each in volleyball and track and field. She’s a lifetime member of CSF, won the JAG award and participates in Science Olympiad, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Mock Trial. She’s the Modesto City Schools Board of Education student representative, Inner-High Student Council representative and volunteers for Delta Blood Bank, Stanislaus County Bike Camp and her high school. Michala has a 4.55 GPA, which ranks her No. 1 in her class of 401. She is undecided on her college choice and plans on going into environmental engineering as a career.
DEREK BRESHEARS (Enochs-Modesto) – Derek played golf for four years, tennis and basketball for two years each and soccer for one season. In golf, he received all-league honors once and in tennis, he was the rookie of the year his junior year. He is a lifetime member of CSF, as well as a member of Link Crew, the Science Bowl team, Forensics and Biotechnology Club, Italian American Club, Future Political Leaders of America and the Young Republican Club. He won the President’s Modesto Junior Lions Club) as well as the Italian American Club. Derek has a 4.11 GPA and will attend Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He’ll major in biological sciences with the future goal of being a pharmacist.
NICHOLAS CARNIGLIA (Lodi) – Nicholas played water polo and swam for all four years. In water polo, he was the league MVP twice, named to the All-American team twice and has been a member of the youth national team for the last two years. He’s received all-league honors for all four years with water polo. He’s an academic all-American who is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, was the sophomore class president, is the senior rally commissioner and he volunteers as a tutor with special education classes. Nicholas has a 4.1 GPA and will attend UC Berkeley. At Cal, he will continue his water polo career while majoring in business or economics with the future goal of working in business.
PATRICK CUNNINGHAM (Tokay-Lodi) – Patrick played water polo and competed on the swimming team for all four years each. In water polo, he was the team captain twice, team MVP once and received all-league honors twice. He was also named a USA Water Polo Outstanding Academic All-American. He’s the president of the National Honor Society, president of the Junior Statesmen of America, president of the Lifeline Christian Club and a member of the Interact Club, CSF and Link Crew. He won a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, is an AP scholar with honors and was a Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner. He volunteers for youth Mexico mission trips, as a water polo coach for youth teams and for community holiday food drives. Patrick has a 4.31 GPA, which is No. 11 in his class of 479. He is undecided on his college choice, where he will major in engineering physics with the future goal of becoming an imagineer, engineer or a civil engineer.
STEVEN GROLLE (Sonora) – Steven ran for the cross country and track and field teams for all four years. He was a four-time qualifier for the state cross country championships, placing eighth in the Division IV race his senior year. In track and field, he was a four-time league champion and qualified for the state meet in the 1,600 his sophomore year. He’s a Link Crew leader, CSF member, Foothill Gold Track Club member, Boys State delegate, AP Scholar and the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce student of the year. He volunteers as a CORE Youth Group Leader at St. Patrick’s Parish. Steven has a 4.23 GPA, which is No. 3 in his class of 218. He is undecided in his college choice, where he will major in neuroscience, biopsychology, neurobiology or biomedical engineering with the future goal of working in cognitive research or neuroscience.
BEN HOOD (Escalon) – Ben played football, basketball and baseball for four years each. In football, he was a team captain three times, received the coach’s award twice and was all-league once. In basketball, he received the coach’s award and was a team captain twice. He’s played for three league champion baseball teams and his senior season is ongoing. He’s the student body vice president and is a member of Friends Helping Friends, Homecoming Float committee, Senior Prom committee and FFA. He volunteers for Walton Special Center, Waverly Elementary School, Alan Short Center for adults with disabilities, Cougar Youth Wing-T football camp, Bob Loureiro Baseball Tournament, Toni Largent Memorial Golf Classic and as an Outlaw football announcer. Ben has a 3.74 GPA and will attend either Truman State or Oregon State. He’ll majorin psychology and athletic training with the future goal of becoming a sports psychologist, athletic trainer or athletic director.
RYAN MARTINEZ (Le Grand) – Ryan played football and basketball for four years and baseball was a part of three league and Section championship teams and, his senior year, was the Merced Sun-Star football player of the year. In basketball, he received all-league honors twice. He’s a member of student body government, CSF, FFA, the Athletic Student Council and the Student Mentor Club. He volunteers with the local youth football and basketball teams, Planada Community Day, Planada Elementary Summer Youth Program and the Vera H. Salcedo Scholarship Foundation. Ryan has a 4.11 GPA, which is No. 1 in his class of 111. He is undecided on his college choice, and will major in exercise science with the future goal of becoming a physical therapist or working in orthopedics.
JESUS RODRIGUEZ III (Hughes Academy-Stockton) – Jesus played basketball for all four years, soccer for three years, golf and cross country for two seasons each and he ran track once. He has 12 varsity letters. He was the team MVP in cross country twice, track and field once and basketball once. He made the Principal’s List for all four high school years. He helps organize and coordinate many of the senior activities, including senior trip, senior ditch day, senior prank, prom and graduation. He volunteers as his little brother’s basketball and soccer coach at the YMCA and he also volunteers with United Way and as a counselor at science camp. Jesus has a 4.27 GPA, and is undecided on his college choice. He has the future goal of becoming a cosmetic surgeon.
SPENCER STARK (Central Catholic-Modesto) – Spencer played football and competed for the track and field team for all four years; he played basketball for one season. The football lineman has led his team to two straight CIF State championships in the small school division where he was named all-State two years in a row and, his senior year, was the MaxPreps Division IV state player of the year. He was the Section champion in the shot put as a junior. His senior year for track and field is ongoing. He is the student body rally commissioner, a senior ministry team member and was a Golden Scholar athlete. He volunteers with local elementary schools, cleaning up graffiti, helping out with Slam N Jam youth basketball and feeding the homeless. Spencer has a 4.2 GPA and is undecided on his college. He plans on majoring in psychology or pre-medicine with the future goal of becoming a psychiatrist.