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LaMar scores $1,000 scholarship from section
Three student-athletes from Ripon to receive $600 apiece
Kimmy LaMar watches fellow competitors after finishing her leg in the 200 medley relay during East Unions Valley Oak League swim meet against Sierra. - photo by HIME ROMERO

East Union senior Kimberly LaMar was among the big winners of the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship, the Sac-Joaquin Section announced Monday.

She is one of just eight student-athletes (four boys, four girls) to be awarded $1,000 by the section, which recognizes standout athletes who also excel in the classroom and include community service to their busy schedules.

The scholarship program is shelling out $33,800 to 48 nominees. The top two honorees earn the $1,500 Clark Coover Scholarship Award, which goes to Rocklin High’s Shannon Garvella and Bella Vista’s Brynn Sargent. Thirty-eight students will receive $600, and three of them hail from Ripon — Ripon High classmates Ruth Waters and Cole Herrin, and Kaylie Colyn of Ripon Christian.

The section is hosting a breakfast awards ceremony on April 16 at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi, where the scholarship winners will be recognized. University of the Pacific athletic director Ted Leland is the keynote speaker.

LaMar was part of four Valley Oak League championship teams in girls golf and helped the Lancers capture three SJS Division IV banners. She currently competes for the East Union swim team.

Boasting a 4.41 GPA, LaMar is line to be the 2013 valedictorian of her class. She is a four-year member of the California Scholarship Federation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She helped oversee a drive that delivered school supplies to Tanzania. LaMar volunteers her time at her church and as an instructor in youth golf clinics at Manteca Park Golf Course.

LaMar is bound for Northwestern University in Illinois where she plans to continue her golfing career and major in civil or environmental engineering. She aims to work as a humanitarian-based engineer overseas.

Waters is having a memorable senior year at Ripon High. The school’s valedictorian-to-be averaged 13.8 points and was named to the all-Trans-Valley League girls basketball team for a third straight year after leading the Indians to share of their first conference title in seven years this past winter season. She scored 27 points in Ripon’s 61-58 upset of Modesto Christian, which had a 98-game league winning streak.

Waters holds a 4.20 GPA and is Ripon’s student body president. She is also the CSF president, a member of the Link Crew and school board member for the Ripon Unified School District board of trustees. She has volunteered for several fundraisers with the Boys & Girls Club of Manteca. Waters will major in civil engineering but is undecided on her college.

Herrin is a three-year varsity standout for Ripon’s boys basketball and football squads, earning spots on five all-TVL teams for both sports. No stranger to prestigious student-athlete honors, Herrin was a top-10 finalist in the state for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

His talents reached beyond the hardwood and grid iron. He was named choir MVP during his sophomore year, serves as senior class president and president of the ping-pong club. The Eagle Scout volunteers with Ripon youth recreation basketball leagues and is the youth group president at his church.

Herrin will take his many talents to Brigham Young University and is majoring in business administration or accounting. He currently has a 3.84 GPA.

Colyn is on pace to be part of three different Southern League championship teams for Ripon Christian after helping the volleyball and basketball contingents to do so for a third straight season. She is now a key member of the school’s soccer team, which seeks its first-ever league crown.

The two-time all-Southern League basketball selection is ranked No. 3 in her class with a 4.24 GPA. Her impressive resume includes the Presidential Academic Excellence Award, Distinguished Christian High School Student Award for Academics and National Scholar Award. Colyn is a lifetime member of the California Scholarship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Close-Up Club and Concert Choir.

Colyn heads to Dort College in Iowa next fall, with plans of majoring in nursing.