Student Wins Elite Award

Senior Phoebe Brown has been named one of only two student athletes in the entire state of California and the only girl to win the California Interscholastic Federation's scholar-athlete award.

Phoebe is the only Pleasanton student in the 30-year history of the program to win the award.

"I remember specifically telling my mom when I turned in (the application), 'This is one in a million,' " Phoebe said. "There are so many talented athletes in California. How am I going to stand out? When I found out (I won), it was so insane. I just couldn't believe it. It was so surreal."

The recognition comes with a $5,000 award, which Phoebe will put toward her college education at Princeton University.

The award, sponsored by Farmers Insurance Group, is given to two California athletes each year -- one girl and one boy. This year's male honoree is from San Diego. Phoebe and the male winner were chosen from among 453 applicants. Both honorees will be recognized June 7 in a ceremony at the state capitol in Sacramento.

Foothill's athletic director, Randy Isaacs, encouraged Phoebe to apply for the award. Isaacs and Coach Dusty Collins wrote glowing letters of recommendation. Students are judged not only on their athletic skills, but on their academic record and community service. Phoebe has a 4.17 grade point average and recently was awarded the Girl Scouts' highest honor, the Gold Award. She is also president of Foothill's Associated Student Body.

Phoebe has been on Foothill's varsity volleyball team for three years after playing at the junior varsity level her freshman year. She also served two years as a starting goalkeeper for Foothill's varsity soccer team.

She recently worked with classmate Kimberly Beaudin to put on a three-day camporee for 150 Brownies and their mothers. The camp's motto was "our hands are for helping, not hurting" and had a strong anti-bullying message. The three-day event was the girls' project for achieving their Gold Awards.

Phoebe will major in political science at Princeton with plans to be an attorney.

"I'm extremely thankful to all of my coaches, my teammates and the fans who've helped me on my journey," Phoebe said. "The past four years have been an amazing experience. All these people have helped me become the best athlete that I could be. The biggest thank you goes to my family. Without them, I wouldn't be here today."

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Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2012