Mikayla Derochie selected Ramona High School’s 2012-13 Female Athlete of the Year
By Bill Tamburrino
Mikayla Derochie has been named the 2012-2013 Ramona High School Female Athlete of the Year.
She was a three-year starter and letter winner on the RHS varsity volleyball team and was the team captain her junior and senior seasons. Derochie was honored as first team all Valley League, first team all CIF and, because of her efforts, earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at Davidson College.
She started playing volleyball at age 12. According to Derochie, her parents, Susan Lawler and Randy Derochie, “Attended all of my games and drove me everywhere I needed to be.”
“It is amazing the people I have met on my teams and the coaching staff I have had the privilege of working with,” said Derochie. “I would like to thank my wonderful coach, Connie Halfaker, for believing in my abilities and for supporting me and pushing me to become the athlete I have become. She is my role model. I practically consider her a part of my family. She has made my experience on the RHS volleyball team one I will never forget.”
“Mikayla always strives to better herself and the team,” said Halfaker. “She was the most aggressively recruited girls’ volleyball player at RHS in my tenure. She loves to compete. She will do well at the next level.”
While at Davidson, Derochie will major in biology and hopes to become a physical therapist. She has higher goals for volleyball.
“I hope to play professional volleyball in Europe, which is a difficult goal but I believe I can reach it,” she said.
The most important lesson Derochie has learned while playing volleyball at RHS is, “Reaching high for your goals pays off in the end.”
Her advice to incoming freshmen planning on playing sports is, “Work as hard as you can and appreciate the relationships you make with your teammates and coaches because the next four years will pass by unbelievably fast.”
Derochie’s favorite subject is science and her two favorite teachers are Mr. Knutsson and Mrs. Weaver.
- Derochie selected for all-division
- Cassie Miller: Ramona High School Female Athlete of the Year
- Derochie, Hickle named to all-league volleyball teams
- Derochie signs letter of intent with Davidson
- Ramona High School Female Athlete of the Year: Emily Vandervort
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