Virtual recognition to honor student athletes for annual kiwanis torch of excellence event

Apr 27, 2020

Although this year’s event scheduled for April 27th was canceled due to COVID-19, we went virtual and prepared a video to recognize this year’s honorees.

The Kiwanis Torch of Excellence Dinner has been an annual community event with over 500 attendees since 1997.
This event is a partnership between the athletic departments of Clovis Community College, Fresno City College, Reedley College and the Kiwanis Clubs of Fresno – Madera counties. The event celebrates the academic achievement of scholar-athletes with exceptional GPAs for spring or fall 2019. The young women and men have achieved honors both academically in their educational pursuits and athletically in their individual sports.

"The Torch of Excellence occurs annually to celebrate the academic achievements of student-athletes within the Athletics Departments at Clovis Community College, Reedley College and Fresno City College. In order to qualify, student-athletes must have earned a 3.2 GPA or higher for at least one semester in the 2019 calendar year. Clovis Community College is proud to celebrate the 39 student-athletes who met this academic standard including five (5) who achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in both the spring and fall semesters. These student-athletes are superstars and deserve to be recognized for their academic achievements. I congratulate each of their achievements and proud that they represent Clovis Crush Athletics,"

Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard, Director of Athletics, Clovis Community College.

This year’s categories are:

Dean’s Recognition 3.2 – 3.5 GPA
President’s Scholar 3.51 to 4.0 GPA
Chancellor’s Award of Distinction 4.0 GPA
Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

GV Wire covers the story here!

Below is a listing of the student-athletes recognized in the video:

Dean’s Recognition - 3.2 to 3.5:
Athlete's Name Athletic Department
Katherine Amendt Swim & Dive
Aliyah Anguiano Women’s Soccer
Moises Buitrago Cross Country
Alyssa Canales Cross Country
Mark Davila Men’s Soccer
Taelor Hire Women’s Soccer
Audrey Jimenez Women’s Soccer
Jessica Lanham Cross Country
Alexis Osuna Men’s Soccer
Annika Pettersson Women’s Soccer
Amador Rios Men’s Soccer
Roberto Rosas Men’s Soccer
Brendon Sirabian Swim & Dive
Gabriel Sosa Men’s Soccer
Jade Standing Swim & Dive
Marie Tejeda Women’s Soccer

President’s Scholar - 3.51 to 4.0:
Athlete's Name Athletic Department
Ani Basmajian Swim & Dive
Sydnee Baxter Women’s Soccer
Mia Castillo Women’s Soccer
Leonell Cerrillo Hernandez Men’s Soccer
Seth Frazer Cross Country
Alyssa Freeman Cross Country
Stuart Mallam Swim & Dive
Trinity Martin Women’s Soccer
Christopher Moore Men’s Soccer
Angelina Petrakis Women’s Soccer
Halle Sembritzki Women’s Soccer
Christian Shehadey Cross Country
Ryan Soderholm Men’s Soccer
Stephanie Solorio Cross Country
Colby Toomer Swim & Dive
Eduardo Robles Vargas Cross Country
Leslie Zepeda Women’s Soccer

Chancellor’s Award of Distinction - 4.0 (2 semesters):
Athlete's Name Athletic Department
Justin Armas Swim & Dive
Karlee Hodges Women’s Soccer
Liliana Kahn Cross Country
Chloe Telian Swim & Dive
Christopher Watkins Cross Country

Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year:
Athlete's Name Athletic Department
Karlee Hodges Women’s Soccer
Seth Frazer Cross Country

Clovis Community College is very grateful to EECU for sponsoring this event!
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