Junipero Serra and Lowell High School Students Win Prestigious Award
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Olympic Club Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the country's oldest and most renowned athletic club, announced the winners of the 2010-2011 Brian Ohleyer Memorial Awards to SYLVAN GUO, a senior at Lowell High School and JUAN RODRIGUEZ, a senior at Junipero Serra High School.
Sylvan Guo, 17, maintains a 4.4 weighted GPA, is a member of Lowell's honor and service society (Shield and Scroll), and is President of the Table Tennis and Wild for Wildlife Clubs in addition to holding the position of Treasurer for the Mathletes and Vice President of Make a Difference.
In addition to her impressive academics, she is a member of the US table tennis team – competing in China, Sweden, Denmark, Canada and Colombia as well as playing in three world championships. She ranked 70th in the world in 2008. Guo also works with the Boys and Girls Club and the Indian community center while volunteering at the University Mound Home for Elderly Women. Her goal is to play on the US Table Tennis Team at the 2012 Olympics.
Juan Rodriguez, 17, is described by his coaches, teachers and classmates as being exuberant, dynamic, hard working and a great role model. A two-sport athlete with a 3.69 GPA, Rodriguez continues to impress on both the football field and in track. In 2010, he was the West Catholic Athletic League champion in the 110-meter high hurdles and placed sixth in the Central Coast Section competition. In the fall, he competed in his second year as a starter on the varsity football team. Rodriguez also volunteers with children at the Boys and Girls Club as well as local elementary schools.
Guo and Rodriguez were chosen from an elite group of students recommended by their schools from over 125 public and private high schools in the Bay Area. The Olympic Club Foundation will make a $1,000 contribution to the school or organization in their name and will provide $4,000 in scholarships as well as a membership to The Olympic Club.
The Brian Ohleyer Memorial Award was established in 1997 by the Ohleyer Family, all members of The Olympic Club, who sought to honor the memory of their son whose life was tragically cut short in a 1996 traffic accident. Brian Ohleyer was an outstanding two-letter athlete at Redwood High School. The recipient of all-league honors, Brian also maintained a 4.0 GPA and was Valedictorian in 1987. Brian played rugby all 4 years at Brown University.
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SOURCE The Olympic Club Foundation