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Twenty First Annual Marin County High School Outstanding Student Athlete Awards Banquet

Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael May 7, 2007


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Marin Athletic Foundation Providing Financial Support For Interscholastic and Intramural Sports The purpose of the Marin Athletic Foundation is to save and maintain high school sports programs in Marin County through community fundraising. The Board of Directors of the Marin Athletic Foundation believes that: -

High school sports are a vital part of the high school experience and provide important and positive educational and developmental outcomes for students.

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School districts need community support to keep athletic programs from being eliminated. Declining enrollment and state financial support often make it necessary for school boards to cut back in almost all school programs.

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To insure broad participation by all students both interscholastic and intramural programs should remain available.

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An aware community will make a commitment to provide the resources necessary to help the schools keep these programs in place. Selection Criteria

The student athletes being honored were selected by their schools in accordance with the following criteria, developed with the involvement of school athletic directors and adopted by the Board of Directors of the Marin Athletic Foundation: Athletic Involvement Leadership Scholarship School-Community Involvement Deportment These elements embody values that the Marin Athletic Foundation believes are vital in a comprehensive education for all young citizens.


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Program 6:00 p.m. Reception 7:00 p.m. Dinner Welcome

Mike Daly President, Marin Athletic Foundation Board of Directors

Student Introductions Mary Jane Burke Mistress of Ceremonies

Marin Athletic Foundation gratefully acknowledges: Program Preparation Gary Burns

Decorations Provided by San Marin Florist - Steve Munson


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Branson Julia Herron The Branson School California, here I come!!! That’s the plan for this softball and golf standout. To take her glove and clubs across the bay to Berkeley and continue to achieve at the same high level she did at Branson. Julia Herron’s lofty goals don’t stop with playing sports, she intends to leave Berkeley and go into business. After what she accomplished at Branson who would doubt her. Her athletic career at Branson included a rare four-year varsity stint in both softball and golf. She was a first team all-league selection in golf in both her junior and senior years. She will graduate from Branson cum laude, is an AP Scholar with Honor and was a National Merit Finalist. Julia is as active in the community as she is on campus, volunteering at Meals of Marin and Sustainable Seas. She also finds time to be a peer tutor at Branson. Her tutoring efforts carry over to her teammates. Golf coach Al Endriss credits Julia’s mentoring of the younger golfers as being a “huge reason for the success of the program.”

Morgan Livermore The Branson School When Morgan Livermore was on the varsity playing fields and in the gyms at Branson his teams were a combined 91-8-13! That record includes two CIF State Championships in basketball and 30 shutouts as a soccer goalkeeper. But sports are not what Morgan is all about. He is also an executive member of the student council, is the school spirit captain, was part of the school chorus for two years and was the coordinator for the Branson Holiday Toy Drive (Toys for Tots). Outside of school Morgan has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, is a San Francisco Zoofest volunteer and has been a volunteer coach at Branson summer basketball camps. Morgan’s passion for soccer has garnered him many awards ranging from 1st team all-league recognition his sophomore and senior years to being named captain of the team the past two seasons. “Morgan was an exceptional captain, leading by his actions and words,” coach Tom Ryan says. Morgan will attend Dartmouth College in the fall and will continue his soccer career in the Ivy League


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Drake Renee Chapman Drake High One of three institutions of higher learning, either U.C. San Diego, Cal Poly or Bryant University, will be the lucky winner in the Renee Chapman sweepstakes. Whichever school hits the lottery will be the recipient of a tremendously well-rounded studentathlete. In her four-year high school career, Renee has managed to split her time equally between sports and community activities. While at Drake, Renee has been a three-year varsity softball star and a two-year varsity water polo standout all the while maintaining a 4.02 GPA. She is currently the softball team captain and has the team headed into the MCAL playoffs. Sports do not occupy nearly all of Renee’s time. She is a member of Drake’s leadership class, is co-editor of the yearbook, is the student recognition commissioner and is also on the Drake Leadership Council. Renee hopes to continue her softball career at whichever school holds her winning ticket.

Cullen Hennessy Drake High Very few athletes have dominated their sports the way Cullen Hennessy has in his four years of swimming and playing water polo at Drake. Although he is by no means a duck, he certainly takes to the water like one. Cullen has accumulated eight varsity letters thanks to his prowess in the pool – four in swimming and four for water polo. He holds the MCAL record in the 500 freestyle and is a three-time All-Northern California selection in water polo. His water polo dominance goes beyond regional boundaries as he was named a three-time All-America including being named to the first team in 2006. His scholastic achievements, including maintaining a 3.71 GPA, combined with his exploits in the pool landed Cullen a scholarship in water polo to UCLA. His plans include playing water polo at UCLA all the while getting a great education and someday playing for the U.S. Men’s Senior National Water Polo Team.


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Marin Catholic Gabrielle Joffe Marin Catholic High This nationally ranked cross-country skier will graduate from Marin Catholic as one of the school’s finest all-around athletes. Gabrielle Joffe is an incredibly gifted student-athlete who is active in oncampus activities as well as within the greater community. Gaby is a 4.13 student who scored a 2100 on her SAT and, oh by the way, is the varsity co-captain and all-league selection on the MCAL champion water polo team and in her spare time maintains that national ranking in cross-country skiing. She garnered a 3rd place finish in Nordic Skiing in CNISSF state championships. Outside of the Marin Catholic community, Gaby has chosen to give back to the sport she loves, skiing. She has devoted more than 100 hours to helping teach the visually impaired how to Nordic Ski. Gaby will be attending Williams College in Massachusetts in the fall of 2007, continuing her skiing career on the varsity Nordic Ski team and hopes to play water polo at the club level.

Kevin Geck Marin Catholic High Senator Kevin Geck. Has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it? A soon-to-be Cameron Crazie, Kevin has one of the most diverse student-athlete resumes at Marin Catholic in the last 10 years. His combination of excellence in the classroom and prowess on the athletic field will land Kevin at Duke University in North Carolina come fall with designs on the U.S. Senate. Kevin currently presides over his senior class as president while maintaining a 4.50 GPA. His interest in politics will lead him to study political science and economics at Duke but will not prevent him from becoming a blue-faced backer of Duke basketball. A baseball and basketball letterman, Kevin was part of the 2006 MCAL champion baseball team and is a member of the 2007 North Coast Section Scholar Athlete team. He also finds time to play piano and electric guitar and contribute time to community service activities including Marin County Youth Court, Special Olympics and the Marin Catholic Camp of Champions.


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Novato Ciara Breckenridge Novato High Ciara Breckenridge will be graduating with a 4.00 GPA at the end of the school year. She has managed to maintain her high academic standard while participating in a multitude of extracurricular activities. Her strong leadership skills have helped her become captain of both the lacrosse and basketball teams. Ciara’s lacrosse honors include four years as an MCAL all-leaguer, an All-America selection in 2006 and a member of the 2006 Pacific Lacrosse team that participated in the National Tournament. She was also invited to tryout for the Under-19 National Lacrosse Team. In addition to athletics, Ciara has been a volunteer coach for a number of basketball and lacrosse organizations, including the CASA Hoops for Children. After graduation Ciara will continue to play lacrosse at Division I St. Mary’s College in Moraga. She plans to major in history and eventually attend law school or major in sports psychology and become a coach.

Michael Nicolini Novato High Over the past several years Novato has established itself as a football powerhouse. Mike Nicolini has played a huge role in continuing that legacy in his time at Novato High. The Hornets were MCAL champs in 2004 and 2006 and were North Coast Section Champs in 2005 and 2006. During those championship seasons, Mike earned not only allMCAL honors, but All-Metro, All-Section and AllState honors as a defensive back. His leadership skills earned him the captaincy for football and basketball where he also earned all-league recognition. But Mike is not just a football and basketball player. His other interests have led him to become a math tutor and youth football coach. He also helped his teammates out by participating in football study hall to keep players eligible academically and also subscribes to “Fitness for Life” to learn exercises and healthy habits to stay physically fit. Mike will attend the University of Redlands and plans on continuing his football career while studying kinesiology or athletic training.


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Redwood Emily Trautner Redwood High An equal passion for swimming and education has propelled Emily Trautner to the top of the list in both fields. She is without question an exemplary student athlete. This statement is supported by her long list of swimming achievements, including 12 MCAL 1st place finishes, six-time All-America, three-time Redwood record holder and 2006 MCAL MVP. “She has won every MCAL swim final that she has entered and for swimmers from other schools her name is a household term,” says assistant swim coach Ann Jaime. In addition to her obvious passion for swimming, Emily holds the same passion for education. Emily is a National Merit Commended Scholar, winner of the Harvard Book Award and an AP Scholar. When not focused on sports or study she enjoys teaching youth swimming. “All this praise and success might have created an ego that would be difficult to coach, but Emily is the most gracious and humble member of the team,” Jaime says. Next up – four years at Princeton

Alex Gannon Redwood High Alex Gannon’s high school career is highlighted not only with outstanding athletic achievements, but with impressive academic and community accolades as well. Alex has been a varsity football player and wrestler for the last two years and has received NCS Scholar Athlete Awards for both sports all four years. He has also been named a National Merit Commended Scholar and is a four-year CSF member. He also finds time to participate in “Athletes as Allies”, a community service organization that offers help to abused women and children in Marin and has been selected to participate in the “Peer Resource Group” at Redwood where he works with other students to educate the middle school population about drugs. “Alex has been a very important part of the Peer Resource team and is admired and respected by his classmates,” says Tara Donoghue, Peer Resource advisor. Alex will become a Golden Domer in the fall as he will attend Notre Dame University and play club sports.


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San Marin Caitlin Rugani San Marin High Although being with friends in the final year of high school and hanging out has been important, “school has continued to be my top priority,” says varsity softball captain Caitlin Rugani. With athletic siblings 6, 10 and 12 years older than her, she was destined to play sports. Caitlin settled on volleyball and softball and excelled at both. However, it was not just sports that Caitlin excelled at. “At age five school became an important part of my life,” she said. “I excelled at all of my classes and was able to join the Gifted and Talented Education program in middle school.” Her prowess in the classroom continued at San Marin where she took Honors and Advanced Placement classes and focused in on her favorite subject, biology. Through her love of science she has turned an internship at the Buck Institute for Aging into a part time job there. Caitlin plans on attending Sonoma State University, continuing to play softball and working at the Buck Institute while striving for a PhD in Biology.

Rhett Carlsen San Marin High The ultimate good guy. That’s how golf coach Robert Lacy sums up his 2006 MVP, Rhett Carlson. Much as golfer Hale Irwin did, Rhett has managed to combine football and golf. The one recurring theme in both sports, as far as Rhett is concerned is sportsmanship. He won the 2006 varsity football sportsmanship award and excels at a sport that puts a premium on sportsmanship. Off the golf course, Rhett has participated in a trip to Mexico through Amor Ministries to build a house in Tecate and has done community service work with the Marin Audubon Society and at the National Guard Armory. Although he hasn’t decided on a major as yet, Rhett will be attending U.C. Santa Cruz in the fall and hopes to continue to play golf. He feels his high school experiences both in sports and in the classroom have prepared him well for the future. Coach Lacy pays him the highest complement when he says, “I wish I was more like him.”


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San Rafael Denisha Brekke San Rafael High There are those that are born to lead and there are those that are born to follow. This volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and classroom star was definitely born to lead. Denisha Brekke has taken charge on the playing fields, in the classroom and in community activities. She was named captain of the basketball team, captain of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and captain of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake. Her many community service activities have taken her from Idaho to Mexico and from New Jersey to Central America. Along the way she was named a Bay Area All Star Scholastic Team Scholarship winner – for academics, sports and service. Although the future is still somewhat up in the air, Denisha will be taking her 4.47 GPA to either USC, University of Miami, UCSB or Cal Poly and apply it to either communications or international business. Wherever she studies and whatever subject she chooses you know Denisha will be at the head of the class.

Edgar Camarillo San Rafael High Appropriately enough Edgar Camarillo is a “Next Generation of Scholars” participant at San Rafael High. Edgar will be taking his scholarship and remain on the west coast when he chooses between USC, U.C. Berkeley and Cal Poly to continue his education. It wasn’t all classroom activity at San Rafael for Edgar. He also managed to pick up eight varsity letters; three in football, two in basketball and three in lacrosse. While toiling on the athletic fields he picked up two Bulldog Awards for basketball and a North Coast Section Scholar Athlete award. He was also a 1st team all-league guard. A rarity in today’s specialized era of sports, Edgar not only participated but excelled in all three of his sports and still found time to post a 3.86 GPA. Along with his participation in the Next Generation Scholars, he was also in the U.C. Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program. His future plans include his pursuit of a degree in architecture.


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Tamalpais Aoife Duffy Tamalpais High The answer is – at the top of her class. Question – Where does Aoife Duffy rank at Tamalpais High? That’s right. This 4.4 GPA student and three-time MVP swimmer is also the top student in her graduating class. Aoife also has a very impressive record as a water polo player; a four-year varsity player and all-leaguer for three years, team captain for two years and MVP this season. However, she might be a better swimmer, where she is also captain of the team. Despite all her obvious success in the pool, Aoife may be even more accomplished in the classroom. Ranked No. 1 in her class, she is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation. In her spare time Aoife is a member of the string orchestra and is a member of the Model United Nations where she has served as secretary for two years. She also finds time to tutor in the ESL program. Although she is undecided on where she will attend college she would like to continue swimming wherever she goes.

Krister Barkovich Tamalpais High It’s no secret as to why local newspapers always find time to write stories about young men who attain Eagle Scout status. It is an extremely hard goal to attain. Hours and hours of community service are required as are a variety of skills and intelligence. Krister Barkovich is an Eagle Scout and has been one for over a year. The same drive that propelled Krister to the pinnacle of scouting has also helped him to succeed as an athlete and student. He carries a 4.3 GPA and has been on the principal’s honor roll seven semesters. He is also a member of the Tam High orchestra. Krister has worked tirelessly at both baseball and basketball improving on both sports since his freshman year and is currently a member of the Red-tailed Hawks varsity basketball and baseball teams. Krister is also a pillar of the community, tutoring students and volunteering with the Redwoods Health Care Center. He plans to attend a U.C. campus and become a doctor.


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Terra Linda Lauren Cooke Terra Linda High With a 4.68 GPA, seven varsity letters and eight North Coast Section scholar athlete awards, Lauren Cooke ranks among the top student athletes to ever come out of Terra Linda High School. Lauren has had a stellar athletic career at Terra Linda starring in soccer and basketball. She is a three-time all leaguer in soccer achieving team captain and MVP honors in both her junior and senior years. Lauren takes her soccer skills outside the high school arena as well playing club soccer where her team won the U S club nationals in 2004. This engineer-to-be will be attending Columbia University in the fall where she hopes to continue playing soccer. To compliment her outstanding athletic endeavors, Lauren is also the school vice-president, attended the Junior State of America Conference and volunteers with the “Roots of Peace” program. She is also a CSF member. Terra Linda’s loss will be Columbia’s gain as will the engineering profession.

Ethan Andrianos Terra Linda High There must be more than 24 hours in a day. That’s the only way to explain how Ethan Andrianos does all the things he does. Athletically Ethan is a rare three-sport guy, excelling at football, basketball and track and field. Scholastically he is a member of the Link Crew Program that acclimates incoming freshman, is involved in the Terra Linda drama program and has taken courses at College of Marin and Dominican University to supplement his education. He also finds time to do volunteer work at the YMCA where he is a childcare volunteer, a personal trainer and helps with the youth shape-up program. With all this going on Ethan has been able to maintain a 4.17 GPA while being the team captain in football for three years and being voted the most inspirational teammate twice in football and once in basketball. He has been an NCS scholar-athlete every season he has participated in a sport. Ethan plans on attending Cal Berkeley in the fall.


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Tomales Chelsea Bowman Tomales High The University of California at Davis will be getting one top student-athlete when Chelsea Bowman arrives next fall. This volleyball-tennis star is also the varsity cheer captain and just happens to be the class valedictorian. Chelsea collected a pile of awards in her four years at Tomales including Best Defense Castleberry Award for volleyball, Most Valuable Cheerleader and another Castleberry Award for cheerleading. She is a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation and finds time to be the yearbook editor and business manager, participate in the mock trial, sit on the executive student council and was on the closeup to Washington D C trip. Chelsea appears to be on a lifetime sojourn of volunteerism. She has devoted time at Lions Club events, volunteers at the office on campus and plays piano at an elderly home on the weekends. She has also helped design and create sports media guides for her high school. Chelsea is definitely a good deed doer if there ever was one.

Stirling Weir Tomales High It’s going to be very tough for the Tomales High Braves to find a replacement for Stirling Weir when he leaves for college at the end of the year. Stirling excelled at both football and basketball and even helped out the golf team for a season. He was recognized as an all-league football player in 2005 and 2006, collected an All-Empire 2nd team award in 2005 and a 1st team award in 2006. He was also given the Best Lineman award in ’06. On the basketball court he was a premier defensive player picking up the best defensive player award in his junior and senior years. This 4.13 GPA student was not just an athlete though. He participated in the mock trail, was active in the drama program and played in the school band. Stirling was also active in the community serving as a cabin leader at Walker Creek Ranch and volunteering for the past four years at the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival. It looks like Stirling will be headed south for college hoping for U. C. San Diego.


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The Local School Teams

School

Principal(s)

Athletic Director

Branson

Peter Esty

Tom Ryan

Drake

Don Drake

Chad Stuart

Marin Catholic

Don Ritchie

Rick Winters

Novato

Rey Mayoral

Jessica Peisch

Redwood

Nancy Neu

Desone Parker

San Marin

Rod Hollander

Keith Bergman

San Rafael

Judith Colton

Tony Bulter

Tamalpais

Chris Holleran

Gene Ng

Terra Linda

Carole Ramsey

Steve Farbstein

Tomales

Trina Legacy

Leon Feliciano Karen Moreda

Mistress of Ceremonies MARY JANE BURKE Marin County Superintendant of Schools Mary Jane Burke is a proud alumna of Dominican University where she received her B.A. in Education and M.A. in Special Education. She is currently President of the Dominican University Alumni Board and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Her career in education began as an Instructional Assistant and volunteer in Special Education classrooms. She has been a teacher of severely handicapped students, held various administrative positions and was elected Marin County Superintendent of Schools in 1994 and reelected in 1998 and 2002. Mary Jane is known as an enthusiastic champion for students in public and private education. She is the mother of two grown children and is currently involved in numerous local and statewide organizations and is the President-Elect of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association. She has a monthly program on COMCAST Cable entitled EducationMatters. TV.


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Marin Athletic Foundation Board of Directors

Advisory Board

Mike Daly, President Joe Ayoob Kasey Childs Briare Jeff Brusati Gary Burns Carney J. Campion Judith Colton William L. Cope Carl Cox Gary Frugoli John S. Graham John Heilmann Rick Lafranchi Vicki McDill Richard Nave Lori Saia-Odisio Robert E. Spain Nata Tuatagaloa Chris Weber

Sharon Adams Peter Arrigoni Sandy Boyd Mary Jane Burke Joan Capurro Eugene Clahan Kit M. Cole Dan Coleman Peggie Daly William Daniels Ken Donaldsen Mario Ghilotti Jim King Thomas Knopf Walter Kosta Kenneth MacDonald Matt MacPhee Terrel Mason Marie McCarthy Peter Mitchell Jeff Pottorff Robert Teasdale Sharon Valentino Jamie Williams

Executive Director: Patty Brusati

Join Us! We Need You! Individual gifts are the backbone of our fund-raising to support high school athletics. Marin Athletic Foundation is pursuing, but has not yet attained, an ambitious goal each year - to have 1,000 donors each giving $100. Please help us to make a truly significant difference in high school sports programs by sending your tax-exempt donation in any amount to:

Marin Athletic Foundation P.O. Box 150930 San Rafael, CA 94915 For additional information, call (415) 472-1165.


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