PYLUSD students honored for character by Orange County Athletic Directors Association

On Monday, Feb. 27, several outstanding high school athletes from PYLUSD were recognized at the Orange County Athletic Directors Association (OCADA) “Athletes of Character” awards ceremony.

Guests of honor included CIF State Executive Director Roger Blake and CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod. There were 50 schools and nearly 500 attendees celebrating 97 student honorees.

El Dorado High School
Senior Alexandria Han is a four-year tennis player and captain. She is also president of the Make-A-Wish club at El Dorado, and has volunteered with the Placentia Recycle Teen Team while being a scholar-athlete all four years.

Senior Garrett Gonzales is also a four-year tennis player, and has acquired his Eagle Scout rank. He also works at Yorba Linda Friends Church as part of the “men in black” who help set up special events and weekend services.

Esperanza High School
Senior Kara Fortier is a lacrosse athlete who is described by Coach Brian Eisenberg as, “True to herself, self-empowered and extremely intelligent in a real-world way. She cares for others, and is resilient and hardworking especially through challenges.”

Senior Luke Rhone is a dual sport athlete in water polo and swimming. Coach Galen Diaz explains, “Luke is committed to his teammates and a mature leader with an outstanding work ethic.”

Valencia High School
Junior Chase Chocek is a two-year varsity football athlete, playing both linebacker and tight end. He was an All-League football selection this past season. Academically, Chase has a 4.16 GPA, and is taking International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.

Junior Kelli Van Dam is also a two-year varsity water polo athlete, and a two-year lacrosse player. Kelli has made All-League the last two years in lacrosse. She has a 3.67 GPA, and is taking advanced placement (AP) classes.

Congratulations to these student-athletes for being honored by OCADA!

*Photos courtesy Willie Reichenstein

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