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 has been the high jumper on the track and field team all four years at Oak Ridge. He set a school and Sac-Joaquin Section Division II meet record in his junior year when he cleared 6-feet-8 inches.
Competing in Division I this season, Findlay’s high mark was 6-7. He and teammate Matt Redden shared the spotlight during the postseason — Redden took first at the Division I meet with Findlay in second. In the Masters Meet, Findlay finished ahead of Redden, but both competed in the State Track and Field Championships.
Findlay was selected to all league basketball teams twice — the Sierra Valley Conference in 2009-2010 and the Delta River League for the 2010-11 season. He was voted onto four all tournament teams during his varsity career.
He was a member of the Interact Club and the National Honor Society. Findlay volunteers as a camp counselor for the Trojans’ summer basketball camp, Walk for Education and the Pancake Cook-off.
Findlay was an Advanced Placement scholar with honors. He carrieds a 4.26 GPA, which ranked him 11th in his class of 517. He was accepted to Stanford and signed his letter of intent to compete for the Cardinal track team. Findlay plans to study engineering.
Watson was one of 20 female $600 scholarship winners. She played four years on the three-time section champion Trojan softball team, and also played basketball her freshman and sophomore years.
Watson spent her time on the football sidelines in the fall serving four years as the 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 carried a 4.21 GPA, which ranked 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.
Watson will continue her softball career and if she decides on UC Davis, she would like very much to work for the Aggie football team.