The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section recently announced its list of 49 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships totaling $34,400.
The annual awards recognize student/athletes for their outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school.
Three from El Dorado County made the list: Oak Ridge High’s Will Findlay and Megan Watson and Union Mine’s Kyle Lee.
Findlay was one of four male $1,000 scholarship winners. He played basketball and high jumped for the track and field team for all four years at Oak Ridge. In basketball, Findlay has been all-league twice and he made four all-tournament teams. He set the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II meet record his junior year, clearing 6-foot-8. He’s a member of the Interact Club and the National Honor Society. Findlay volunteers as a camp counselor for the Oak Ridge basketball camp, Walk for Education and the Pancake Cook-off. He’s an AP scholar with honors. Findlay has a 4.26 GPA, which ranks him 11th out of a class of 517. He’s undecided on his college — he’s been accepted to Stanford University — and has future plans of being an engineer.
Watson was one of 20 female $600 scholarship winners. She played four years with the three-time section champion Trojan softball team, and also played basketball her freshman and sophomore years. In the fall, Watson spends her time on the football sidelines as she served all four years as the football team’s administrative assistant. She also won the President’s Volunteer Service award and the Leadership for Service award after compiling more than 100 hours of service with youth softball clinics, school charity work and fundraising. Watson was her school’s representative at California Girls State and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. She carries a 4.21 GPA, which ranks 15th in her class of 519. She’ll attend either UC Davis or St. Mary’s College and she hopes to eventually become a teacher or work in athletic administration. She’ll continue playing softball and hopes to work with the football team if she decides on UC Davis.
Lee was one of 19 male $600 scholarship winners. He has played soccer and volleyball for all four years and also wrestled for the last two seasons. He’s been a team captain for the soccer team twice. Lee works as a math tutor for his classmates and volunteers at the El Dorado County Animal Shelter. He also works with Toys for Tots, Crop Walk and Gift to Cure. Lee is a National Honors Society member, CSF member and he works on the school yearbook. He carries a 4.28 GPA, which ranks him No. 2 in a class of 229. Lee will attend UC Davis, UC Irvine or Stanford with the plan of majoring in electrical or aeronautical engineering looking toward a future in one of those fields.
All the section 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 $24,000 was generated through the foundation games. The balance of money came through California School Employees Association.
All of the winners were recognized at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony last week at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi.