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THE WINNER: Bryan Fernandez
School: Dos Pueblos (Goleta, Calif.)
Athletic achievement: He raced to the Division 2 individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:03, leading the Chargers to fourth place as a team. Fernandez also won the Mt. Sac Invitational, the Woodbridge Classic and the Clovis Invitational.
Academic excellence: Fernandez has maintained a 3.97 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs.
“Bryan is mentally tough, confident and absolutely a team player,” said Dos Pueblos head coach Leslie Roth. “He does all the little things right, which allows him the opportunity to do his best in each workout.”
THE FUTURE: Fernandez remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.