Michaela VanderKlugt named Senior Athlete of the Year, Olivia Pereira named Scholar Athlete of the Year
Concord, Calif. – In May, the Carondelet athletic department presented its annual awards. Senior Mikayla Scott (Brentwood, Calif.), from the track and field team, was named the 2016-17 Carondelet Athlete of the Year, Michaela VanderKlugt (Concord, Calif.), from basketball and softball, was the 2017 Senior Athlete of the Year, and Olivia Pereira (Danville, Calif.), from lacrosse, was selected as the Carondelet Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The Carondelet Athlete of the Year is presented to the most outstanding athlete of the academic school year. This individual is a confident and accomplished young woman who consistently pursues the highest levels of excellence. She is a leader on and off the playing field, and her clear sense of purpose has helped to grow the program and the sport itself.
Mikayla Scott embodied those attributes on the track, in the classroom and on the campus. She competed in the 100 and 200 meter dash events and on the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. During her very successful senior season, she qualified for the CIF State Championships in all four events. She became the first runner in school history to break the 12-second mark in the 100-meter dash and the 25-second mark in the 200-meter dash, when she set school record with times of 11.86 and 24.25, respectively, at the Arcadia Invitational on April 8. She then broke her school records, with NCS Tri-Valley meet record times of 11.76 in the 100 meters and 24.07 in the 200 meters. She also placed first in all four of her events at the EBAL Championships and the NCS Tri-Valley Championships.
The Senior Athlete of the Year Award is presented to a member of the senior class who has made the most significant impact on the Carondelet athletic program over their time at the school. This individual is an exceptional athlete, teammate and ambassador for the game. She honors the Carondelet values of character, excellence, citizenship and pride, and she has made a lasting impression on her team, her program and her school.
Michaela VanderKlugt was a starter for the Carondelet varsity basketball team that posted a 28-5 overall record this past season. The 2017 Second Team All-EBAL selection helped the Cougars win the 2016-17 EBAL Championship and the 2016-17 NCS Division I Girls Basketball Championship, and advance to the CIF NorCal Open Division State Playoffs. In her three years on the varsity basketball team, she helped the Cougars post a perfect 54-0 record against EBAL opponents. As a member of the softball team, she helped the Cougars advance to three NCS Championship appearances, including a second round finish this past season. During her time at Carondelet, she was a three-year varsity letter winner in basketball and two-year varsity letter winner in softball.
The Scholar Athlete of the Year award is presented to the most outstanding athlete of the school year that has maintained a 3.75 grade point average or higher during her season of sport. This award recognizes excellence in the classroom and on the playing field.
Olivia Pereira was a team captain and starter for the 2017 Carondelet lacrosse team during her senior season. She was a key contributor in helping the Cougars post a pair of victories over nationally ranked opponents this past season. Olivia was also an outstanding student, posting a 4.24 cumulative grade point average during her four years, and was a 2017 Carondelet valedictorian candidate.
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