MMS Girls Varsity Team Scores Top Academic Honor: Best GPAs in CCS

Mount Madonna School’s girls varsity volleyball team has received the Central Coast Section (CCS) highest academic honor by the CIF: ‘2013-14 Fall Season Scholastic Championship Team Award.’

‘This volleyball team had a successful season,’ noted MMS Varsity Coach PK McDonald. ‘The girls put in lots of hard work and overcame many obstacles along the way. They battled injuries and came and worked hard every day. Winning and losing was an afterthought, and viewed as product of their preparation and dedication. I’m so proud that the girls took that same work ethic into their studies. The experience they had on the court was an opportunity to learn how to dedicate yourself to mastering a craft. These lessons will carry over to their future endeavors, where they will continue to be extremely successful.’

These awards were instituted by the CCS Board of Managers in 1985 as a way to recognize teams with the highest collective grade-point average in their respective sport during that season of competition.

The Mount Madonna team’s collective GPA is 3.809. Team members are: CeCe Moreno, Elise Slater, Saniya Lakka, Sophia Saavedra and Sophie Ortiz, 10th grade; Alyssa Feskanin, Lexi Julien and Zoe Kelly, 11th grade; Ashley Mayou, Bri Heldt, Jenny Turk, Preethi Balagani, Ruby Nink, and Talia Speaker, 12th grade.

This is the eleventh time a Mount Madonna School volleyball team has earned the distinction; the girls varsity team also received the award in 1999-00, 2007-08 and 2012-13; and the boys varsity team received it in 2000-01, 2001-02, 2004-05, 2006-07, and 2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13.


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Nestled among the redwoods on 355 mountaintop acres, Mount Madonna is a safe and nurturing college-preparatory school that supports students in becoming caring, self-aware and articulate critical thinkers, who are prepared to meet challenges with perseverance, creativity and integrity. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville.



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