Students must have participated in at least one varsity sport, demonstrated good citizenship through academic and volunteer activities, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Each student also submitted an essay and two letters of recommendation. Additionally, their applications show that many student-athletes have been heavily involved in honors classes, extracurricular activities, held jobs, and helped their families.
Sofia Biagio (Granite Hills)
Sofia was a varsity swimming and water polo captain for three years. She earned an honorable mention from all water polo leagues in 2018, was selected to the second team in 2019 and won the coaches award from 2018 to 2020. She won a swimming coaches award from 2019 to 21. While carrying a GPA of 4.51, she won 22 academic decathlon medals and was Tulare County’s top decathlete overall in 2021. She is a contender for the valedictorian. Sofia was a girls’ state delegate, secretary of Rotary Interact, president and liaison for the Special Needs Prom, treasurer and president of the Z Club, secretary of the Grizzlies Fight Cancer Society, and president of the freshman class. She trained guide dogs and helped organize a number of community events, including sock and blanket drives, spring cleanings, Memorial Day flag setting, and Relay For Life. Sofia plans to study astrophysics at an undetermined university.