Nolan Torres, a track and field athlete at Corona High School, is one of two statewide winners of the CIF Spirit of Sport Award for the 2019-20 spring sports season, the CIF State office in Sacramento announced in a release this week.
Torres is one of 11 track and field athletes honored, as the sport dominated these spring awards.
The CIF Spirit of Sport Award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor, are active in school and community service, and exhibit leadership qualities. The principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor are the operating principles of the CIF and have been adopted by the 1,606-member high schools throughout the state, .
Torres, along with girls recipient Justine Navarra, a softball player at Buhach Colony HS (SJ), will each receive an award, a patch, and a $1,000 scholarship.
"...I have had the pleasure of working with some fabulous students. Nolan Torres ranks among the finest. His dedication and poise are beyond his years. In short, Nolan is a wonderfully balanced young man who will be an extraordinary leader for many years to come."
And this from Corona High School Principal Antonio Gonzalez:
"Overall, Nolan Torres is a model student. He encompasses the positive attributes that educators love to see in students, intelligent, dedicated, driven, kind, amiable, and altruistic."
In addition to Torres and Navarra, 18 spring sports athletes were selected as section-specific winners. All but two of the state's 10 sections were able to recognize one boy and one girl winner. Those athletes represented seven spring sports, 10 from TF, as mentioned above. Based on limited nominations from the unfortunate premature shutdown and subsequent cancellation of the CIF spring sports season, two sections had only one recipient.
Follow the link at the bottom of this article to see the full list of winners.
Track and Field Athletes honored By Section
Carissa Hall - Immanuel HS
Joseph Ruddell - Morro Bay HS
Central Coast Section
Sonja Dommen - Burlingame HS
Madison Steele - West Valley HS
Brennan Woodward - Fall River HS
Maya Ades - Oakland Technical HS
Christian Bordell - Oakland Technical HS
San Diego Section
Stephanie Aguiar - Chula Vista HS
San Francisco Section
Mustapha Bhonopha Jr. - Abraham Lincoln HS
Sean Guyton - Sherman Oaks Notre Dame HS