Tiny Riverdale High has delivered one of the state’s biggest honors with Jackelyn Sanchez.
The senior is the CIF State overall female Spirit of Sport Award winner for the spring season.
Representing a school of 500 students and competing in a state pool that counts 1,554 schools and 760,000 student-athletes, Sanchez will receive an award, a patch, $2,000 and will be honored at the Central Section Scholar-Athlete Dinner on Monday night at Visalia’s Holiday Inn.
The Spirit of Sport Award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the state-established 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor, are active in school and community service, and exhibit leadership qualities.
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Each of the state’s 10 section’s also have male and female winners, each of whom receive $1,000. Those from the Central Section are Washington’s Shane Salwasser and Sierra’s Daeja Bonnette.
Sanchez, who will transfer a weighted grade-point average of 4.2 to UC San Diego, has been a soccer team captain for four years and has also participated in volleyball and softball. She is involved in student government and volunteers as a tutor.
“Each season Jackelyn is able to display her leadership skills, honesty, the ability to cooperate with others and exhibit her drive and determination to achieve the goals she has set for her team and herself,” Riverdale Athletic Director Ashley Sunamoto said. “Selfishly, I am sad to see her graduate. I am not sure if she will be replaceable.”
Sanchez said: “To fully understand what each of us is able to accomplish in life, at school and during each game, we have to give it everything we have, commit 100% and never expect any less if we truly want to see results.”
A record 29 recepients will be recognized, in addition to receiving $500 each, at the section Scholar-Athlete Dinner, which will begin at 6 p.m.