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December 5, 2019
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High school: Mount Madonna athletics recognized for scholastic achievements

The Central Coast Section announced its recipients for the 2019-20 Scholastic Championship Team for the fall season. 

Mount Madonna School had three of its teams — girls cross country, girls volleyball and boys’ cross country — recognized with the highest collective grade point average of teams competing in that sport during the fall. 

“We find the hard work and discipline it takes to excel in athletics also carries over into the classroom,” said Mary Supriya McDonald, head of school at Mount Madonna, in a press release. “We are so proud of each of these scholar-athletes.”

Mt. Madonna juniors Kira Kaplan and Sara Bautista helped the girls’ cross country team finish with the highest GPA of 3.944, followed by Oakwood School (3.928), Lynbrook High (3.891), Live Oak High (3.866) and Leigh High (3.840). 

In girls volleyball, Mt. Madonna was third with a GPA of 3.881. Kirby School was the top school with a 3.895, followed by Castilleja School in second (3.894), Salinas High in fourth (3.869) and The King’s Academy in fifth (3.816). 

The players on the volleyball include seniors AnMei Dasbach-Prisk, Ceci Rothman-Salado, Ksenia Medvedeva, Paola Jacobs and Tabby Hardin-Zollo. 

The junior class includes Kahlan Tervalon and Savannah Cambell, sophomores Liana Kitchel and Summer Howley, and freshmen Eve Willis and Mariah Cohen.

In boys cross country, Mt. Madonna School had a GPA of 3.805 and finished behind The Harker School (3.953), The King’s Academy (3.826), Leland High (3.814) and Pacific Grove High (3.813).

The team includes juniors Oliver Mensinger, Ronan Lee and Sammy Caudill and freshmen Jacob Sirk-Traugh and Sam Kaplan.

The CCS Board recognizes the top five varsity teams from the nine sports competing during the fall season. 

The awards were instituted by the CCS Board of Managers in 1985. The student-athletes involved have achieved distinction in the classroom and have committed themselves to participation in interscholastic athletics. 

A team certificate and individual certificates of commendation will be presented to each school of each individual sport.  

“I’m very excited to hear this news,” said Mt. Madonna cross country Coach Nicholas Cabassa in a press release. “I’ve always believed that a strong mind is the common thread that binds all great athletes.”

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