AND THE AWARD GOES TO ...Menlo-Atherton High School student-athlete Lauren McDonnell was selected as the recipient of the prestigious "2018-2019 Winter California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Spirit of Sport Award." For each of the three sport seasons, the CIF chooses one female and one male from over 1,600 California high schools for its annual Spirit of Sport Award. This award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the 16 principles of "Pursuing Victory with Honor" and exemplary sportsmanship, school and community service, and leadership. McDonnell is a co-founder and three-year team captain of Menlo-Atherton High School's first girls wrestling team, growing the team from its inception into a team of 25 girls who recently placed second at the California State Wrestling Tournament and earned its third consecutive Central Coast Section title. Individually, McDonnell has placed 1st in the CCS twice and placed 5th in California in 2018. Outside of wrestling, McDonnell is the two-year M-A Chapter President of buildOn, a global non-profit which builds primary schools in developing countries around the world. Over the past three years, McDonnell and the M-A buildOn team have collectively raised over $100K to fund and travel to build three schools in Senegal and Haiti. In addition, she participates in local volunteer service activities including serving breakfast at LifeMoves, volunteering at the Redwood City Library, and tutoring students in math, science, and English . . . Five Cardinal women's basketball players received recognition from the league's coaches when the All-Pac-12, All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams were announced. DiJonai Carrington, Alanna Smith and Kiana Williams were voted to the 15-person All-Pac-12 squad and Smith was also named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team. Lacie Hull earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team along with Pac-12 All-Defensive honorable mention accolades and Lexie Hull was selected Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention.
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