• Curtis Da Silva

High School Student Athletes

For college hopefuls, a strong right arm can be worth $200,000 dollars at their dream school. The journey to your dream school, however, is not as easy as it seems. Every day, students are faced with the question of whether they value academics or sports more.

At Stevenson School, students and athletes work hard to find this balance of their passions, and having to sacrifice one for the other is a difficult task. Senior Olivia Garley and standout water polo goalie explained, “I am trying to play water polo in college, but I want to go into medical school after.”

Olivia Garley saving a goal at the Junior Olympics. Photo courtesy: Andrea Sanico

College athletes spend countless hours from six am workouts to team meetings late in the day. In a study by the NCAA, the majority of student athletes spend 15-20 hours on their sport each week, compared to most people saying they spend six to ten hours each week studying. While these athletes are there to play sports, they are also there to earn a degree which can get lost in the grind of sports. “I definitely feel a weight on my shoulders,” Garley said. “But, I know when it is all said and done, I will be able to enjoy the rest of senior year,”

The effects of college recruiting have found senior and varsity golfer Luca Cimorini in a tough place, “I put a lot of pressure on myself to find out the next step in my journey.” For many golfers, the next step in their journey is college golf, then on to the very competitive Q school. Q school is a rigorous tour where golfers can earn the right to compete on the PGA Tour. College athletes study hard for degrees while juggling the journey of golfing at the next level.

The importance of our mentors and peers plays a big role in student athletes’ development, and eventually college careers. Jeff Yamashita, the school's athletic trainer, has been a part of many athletes' high school careers and has helped many to speedy and healthy recoveries. Yamashita provides students with medical attention and outstanding advice: “What can you do to make yourself stand out?” he asks. He says it helps to practice longer and harder and to volunteer for new roles in a team. Traits such as being the hardest worker on the team can set you above the rest en route to that much-desired scholarship. Star lacrosse player Rhea Cosand, who has committed to UC Davis, has had a special college process, with her best ahead. While it was not all stress-free, she found a home, “I feel that UC Davis will be the perfect learning environment for me to expand on my prior knowledge, meet a collaborative and supportive group of students with similar interests, and explore new passions that will drive me toward a successful, dynamic future.”

Athletic talent can land you at the college of your dreams. Landing an athletic scholarship is an invitation, but also a huge commitment, far exceeding high school standards.

Luca Cimorini in action at the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course Photo Courtesy: Luca Cimorini


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