Not only do the members of the Brookings-Harbor High School girls soccer team work hard on the field, they also work hard in the classroom.
And the OSAA and the Dairy Farmers of Oregon are recognizing them for their efforts with the Academic All-State Award.
The Bruins have the ninth highest team G.P.A. among 4A girls soccer teams with a season average of 3.59.
“This awards program continues our tradition of celebrating Oregon’s student athletes,” said Pete Kent, executive director of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. “Their efforts are impressive, and we’re proud of their recognition.”
BHHS Athletic Director Jon Young echoed those sentiments.
“As an athletic director, I’m very proud of them,” he said. “It’s a reflection of their hard work and dedication on the field showing up in the classroom.”
According to Brianna Juarez, all of the members of the team work hard to keep their grades up – even doing homework on the bus.
“It’s really hard playing sports year-round, especially if you have to have class participation for your grade,” she said. “A lot of girls work on homework on the bus on the way to games and most of us go home after practice, do our homework and go to bed.”
Fellow senior Louie Deraita, who maintains a ninth-in-class 3.93 G.P.A., agreed.
“Some of us have little study groups, and we ask each other for help sometimes, too,” she said. “We motivate each other, too, because if you don’t have good grades you shouldn’t be on the field.
“School comes first.”
According to Head Coach Fred Juarez, a lot of the girls on the team have really stepped up. Some of them have taken their grades from below a 2.0 all the way to a 4.0 grade point average during the soccer season.
The OSAA and the Dairy Farmers will provide each of the Lady Bruins a lapel pin to recognize their accomplishment.
When asked what it means to be honored with the recognition, Deraita was quick to respond.
“It means we work hard, not only on the field, but in the classroom, too.”