UPDATE: March 13, 2019
Laurel Wong '19 was named the Central Coast Section's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The CCS has 155 member schools from San Francisco to King City.
In a news release announcing the award, the CCS said of Laurel and the male athlete of the year: "These two students reflect the very best of the CCS. They are talented athletes within the Section, earning numerous accolades as well as celebrating team success. They are outstanding students with high GPAs, impressive test scores, while taking rigorous course loads. They shine within their communities and serve others through volunteer work."
The honor comes with a $1,500 scholarship.
Laurel was also profiled in the March 8 issue of the Carmel Pine Cone. Download the issue here.
(Original story, posted February 20)
Laurel Wong '19 has received the Pacific Coast Athletic League's CCS Scholar-Athlete Award.
The award goes to one senior boy and one senior girl from each league in the Central Coast Section and is based on breadth of athletic participation, academic achievement, and service to school and community. There are 33 schools in the Pacific Coast Athletic League.
Laurel will receive a $500 scholarship as part of the award, and will be considered with the winners from all CCS leagues for a $1,500 award.
Laurel was the 2018 state pole vault champion—Santa Catalina's first state champ in any sport—and has signed a letter of intent to compete at Stanford University next year. She has been a member of the varsity track and field team since her freshman year. In that time, she has been part of three team league titles and three 4x100 relay league titles, has twice been league champ in the long jump, and has claimed multiple MVP awards. She qualified for state all three years in the pole vault. Her personal record is a vault of 13 feet, 4 inches.
Laurel is also a four-year field hockey player, named team captain in her junior and senior year. This fall, she helped lead the team to a division title, was named PCAL's most valuable player for the Mission Division, and was named first team all-league.
Outside of athletics, she is a four-year gold cord honors recipient and a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to the many community service projects she participates in at school, she plays the harp at local retirement homes and volunteers as a physical therapist aide at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas.
In an essay for the scholar-athlete application, Laurel described why she was drawn to pole vault over other events in track and field: "Why would I run if I had the choice to fly?"