2017 CIF State Scholar-Athletes of the Year Announced

2017 CIF State Scholar-Athletes of the Year Announced

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Erica Barrett from Westview High School and Evan Sentoso from Walnut High School were selected as the 2017 CIF Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Since 1982, the scholarship award identifies student-athletes who excel in the classroom, athletics, and are strong contributors to their schools and communities. 

“I want to congratulate Erica, Evan, and the exceptional group of nominees this year that exemplified the best in education-based athletics,” said CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake.

Barrett and Sentoso were selected from a pool of 263 candidates representing 1,582 CIF member schools statewide. The State Capitol and Senate and Assembly Floors will honor Barrett and Sentoso on Thursday, May 25 in Sacramento. In addition, each will receive a $5,000 scholarship award.

Erica Barrett, Westview High School (San Diego Section)

Barrett is a three-sport athlete at Westview High School as a member of the basketball, cross country and track teams and also served as captain of both the cross country and track teams for two years. For her accomplishments in the classroom, Barrett has earned National Merit Scholar Commendation and National AP scholar honors. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Johns Hopkins Study of Exceptional Talent (SET), Fraternity of Academic and Civic Excellence (F.A.C.E.) and Honor Chain. Barrett also makes time to serve her community having volunteered for Shoes for Heart, San Diego River Project, Feeding America and Girls on the Run. Additionally, each summer she volunteers her time as a counselor/aide for the Carlsbad Art Farm.

“I love being part of the running community,” states Barrett. “I put great effort into both my individual success and my team’s success, as well as runners from other schools. We are genuinely thankful for each other for pushing us to be our best. One of my long-term goals is to keep the distance running program strong even after I graduate. I hope I’ve set an example that inspires future captains to do the same.”

“Her teammates have very fondly nicknamed her Captain America because there’s nothing she can’t do, and she has reached super hero status in their minds,” stated Westview Cross Country and Track Coach, Amanda Trujillo. “She is a rare gem who deserves everything she has accomplished.”

“I have come to know Erica as one of the most driven and successful students in our school, both academically and athletically,” praised Westview High School Counselor, Vanessa Crawford Ho. “It is rare to come across a student like Erica; her maturity, discipline, and focus have led her to experience incredible achievements in everything she sets her mind to.”

  • GPA: 4.53
  • ACT: 35  
  • College: Williams 
  • Career Interests: Software Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer 
  • College Major: Math and/or Computer Science 
  • Primary Sports: Cross County and Indoor/Outdoor Track
Evan Sentoso, Walnut High School (Southern Section)

Sentoso is a two-sport athlete at Walnut High School participating in cross country and track and field. His commitment to his studies earned him class valedictorian status, AP Scholar with honors as well as Junior Honor Guard accolades. Sentoso is also involved in his school as a member of the Class of 2017 Cabinet, Future Business Leaders of America and Hip Hop Club. His involvement in his local community includes: Interact Club– President; American Cancer Society – Public Relations, Treasurer; Hoops for Hope – Secretary; and Relay for Life.

Adversities in and out of school have continually tested the depth of my character,” states Sentoso. “However, by developing a resilient mindset to bounce back from these hardships, I have accomplished more than I could ever imagine.”

“I have to know Evan as an active, conscientious and bright young man,” stated Walnut High School Grade Level Coordinator, Sonia Nunez. “Evan is invested in making his high school and community a better place for those who are less fortunate.”

Walnut High School Athletic Director, Jerry Person adds, “Evan is the true definition of scholar-athlete. He could not have raised himself to this level without strong character, hard work, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, fun and persistence.” 

  • GPA: 4.00 
  • SAT: 2,250   
  • College: UCLA 
  • Career Interests: Sustainable Technology
  • College Major: Psychology, International Relations, International Development Studies, Communications, Environmental Systems and Society
  • Primary Sport: Cross Country