Athlete Honors: Play hard, study harder: Student athletes receive recognition1 min read

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Patricia Nguyen

Honor Roll

The men of track and field add their own charismatic touch as they pose for a quick photo.

Patricia Nguyen, Staff Writer

For sophomore athletes of De Anza College, the end of the year holds a little bit of recognition for their commitment to their education as well as
their athleticism.

On Wednesday, May 22, the De Anza Athletics department held a recognition ceremony for sophomore scholar athletes who maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher through the 2012-2013 school year. The ceremony honored sophomores who have made a tremendous impact not only in their sport, but the dedication they made to their education.

Each sport was called up by its season and each coach introduced their athletes while boasting about what the future lays ahead for all of them. Every athlete beamed with pride and held their head up high as they announced the college they will be attending this fall.

Some went above and beyond the 3.0 GPA mark, receiving a title and scholarship for the Scholar – Athlete of the Year. To qualify for this award, one must first play at least two seasons of a sport at De Anza, obtain and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate a strong community service.

Jonathan Hernandez, from cross country and track and field, Karina Tabarez from soccer and Tiffany Do from swimming were runner ups of this award and each received a $750 scholarship.

The winners were this award were Cory Kingston from baseball and Katherine Ja, who played volleyball, badminton and basketball her freshman year. For this accomplishment, they were each awarded with a $1000 scholarship.

The atmosphere was light and humorous as every coach reflected on the season with a quick summary adding on a few jokes here and there. However, it wasn’t about remembering the amount of wins and losses but about honoring the athletes and thanking them for a memorable season.

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