LODI – The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section announced that $35,600 in scholarships will be awarded to the 51 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school.
The award, named after former section and State CIF President, A. Dale Lacky, recognizes the top male and female student-athletes within the Section. The scholarship 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 from the Section.
Bear River’s Teryn Rath and Forest Lake Christian’s Morgan Koch are both $600 scholarship recipients and Colfax’s Michael Wilson is a $1,000 scholarship recipient.
In addition, the Clarke Coover Scholarship Award has been given to two of the top honorees. This award, named in honor of former Section Commissioner Clarke Coover, grants a $1,500 scholarship to one male and one female. The 2014 winners of the Clarke Coover Scholarship Award are Vacaville Christian’s Andrew Grabowski and Vacaville’s Breanna Sewell.
All schools were allowed to play one extra volleyball game and an extra boys and girls basketball game with 50 percent of the gate going directly to the foundation for the scholarships. More than $25,000 was generated through the foundation games.
All of the winners will be recognized at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony, which will take place Thursday 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. Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Famer and former Olympian Suzy Powell is the keynote speaker.
Teryn Rath (Bear River) – Rath played for the volleyball and basketball teams for four years and competed on the swim team for two years. In volleyball, she was the team MVP once, named to the all-league team three times and she won the Bruins Award once. In basketball, she received the coach’s award once, was named Most Improved her sophomore year and was first-team all league twice. She’s a member of CSF, Honors Society, College Cruisers and Knowledge Masters.
She’s a summer camp counselor and president of her church youth group. She volunteers with Key Club, Sources of Strength, Community Coat Drive and the local kids canned food drive.
Rath has a 4.17 GPA, which ranks her No. 6 in her class of 172. She will attend McDaniel College in Baltimore, Md., where she plans on playing volleyball while majoring in exercise science and biology with a future goal of working in occupational therapy, nursing or as a physician’s assistant.
Morgan Koch (Forest Lake Christian) – Koch played volleyball for all four years, soccer for two seasons and is currently on the track and field team for the first time in her high school career. She was named first-team all-league in volleyball for three years and was the league MVP her senior year. She played soccer her freshman and sophomore years, where she was first-team all-league both times, tying a school record for most goals in a season in 2011. She’s been a member of the Honor Roll and Citizenship Roll for all four years of high school, and was a Girls State nominee.
She volunteers as a Salvation Army bell ringer as well as with Compassion International and Roadside Cleanup. Koch has a 4.10 GPA and will attend The Masters College in Southern California, where she will continue playing volleyball while majoring in kinesiology with future plans of becoming a physical therapist or athletic trainer.
Michael Wilson (Colfax) – Wilson played football, basketball and baseball for all four years each. In football, he was the team captain for all four seasons and received first-team all-league honors twice. He’s been a part of five league champion teams. He’s a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation and has received the Alpha- Omega Award twice as well as AP Scholar with honors, nomination to Boys State, the presidential academic award and perfect attendance for all four years of high school. He volunteers at Colfax football and baseball fundamentals youth camps, and participated in a 5K run to support a rival football player with leukemia. Wilson has a 4.38 GPA, which is No. 1 in his class of 179. He is undecided on his college choice, where he will major in civil engineering with plans to go into that field.