At the end of the school year Ramona High School’s Athletic Department presents three equally prestigious awards to male and female athletes: Scholar Athlete, Bulldog of the Year and Athlete of the Year. This article features the scholar athletes: Makayla Torsak and Garrett Wilcox.
Makayla Torsak is the 2014 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. She achieved a 4.31 grade point average in college preparatory, honors and advanced placement courses while earning two varsity letters in volleyball, two varsity letters in soccer along with serving as manager of the boys volleyball team.
When she played on the junior varsity soccer team, Torsak was selected MVP her freshman year and Offensive Player of the Year her sophomore year.
Torsak will be attending Brigham Young University in Idaho and plans to major in math with aspirations to be a math teacher. She will play intramural sports.
Her favorite subject at Ramona High School was math — calculus and algebra — and the teacher who inspired her the most was Ola Knutsson.
“He cares so much and had a passion for math,” said Torsak.
The scholar athlete spent an average of five hours a night on homework to maintain her high grade point average.
The 2014 Male Scholar Athlete is Garrett Wilcox who attained a 4.4 grade point average in college preparatory, honors and advanced placement classes while earning three varsity letters in tennis and one in wrestling.
Wilcox earned All Valley League honors and was the recipient of four
academic awards for excellence. He was the Bulldog of the Year in tennis, an award for hard work, determination, improvement and making coaching a pleasure.
The scholar athlete will be attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and majoring in aviation science.
His career goal is to fly “fire bombers” like the tankers that fly out of Ramona for Cal Fire.
Wilcox plans on playing club or intramural tennis in college. His favorite subject at Ramona High School was math. The teacher who inspired him the most was Courtney Sawada.—