Local LHS senior earns prestigious CIF scholar-athlete award

By The Leader Staff
Scholar Athlete Dylan McDonald
Scholar Athlete Dylan McDonald

The CIF Central Section this past week announced this year’s scholarship class, those high school students who managed to excel in the classroom, on the playing field, and with community service.

At least one Lemoore High School student earned a spot on the prestigious list of seniors:  Senior Dylan McDonald, an outstanding student at Lemoore High School and a very talented wrestler.

A total of 38 students, as selected by their respective leagues, will be awarded at least $500 in scholarship funds. A top male and top female will receive $1,000 each, to be announced at the awards dinner on Monday, May 2.

Students must have participated in at least one varsity sport, displayed good citizenship via school and volunteer activities, and carried a minimum of a 3.5-grade point average. Each student also submitted an essay and two letters of recommendation.

Additionally, their applications show many student-athletes have been heavily involved in honors classes, extracurricular activities, held jobs, and helped their families. 

Local LHS senior earns prestigious CIF scholar-athlete award

McDonald was a four-year varsity wrestler and three-year football player. On the mat, he qualified twice for the state meet, was a three-time Division I medalist, and three-time all-league first-team selection. He has many wrestling accomplishments, including being a Fargo National qualifier twice, a junior Greco state champion in 2019, and a two-time Western States placer.

He is also a member of the Future Farmers of America and the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). He has also helped in the community by collecting food, coat, and toy drives, distributing care packages and assisting the Lemoore Police Activities League. With a 3.55 GPA, he has already earned an associate degree in history from West Hills College Lemoore.

He recently earned a wrestling scholarship to attend Minot University in North Dakota where he wants to pursue a master’s degree in administration.

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