Phil Womble Ethics Award: Lauren McAlister, Laguna Blanca

Lauren McAlister’s junior season with the Laguna Blanca girls soccer team ended in the quarterfinals over the weekend, but luckily for the Owls she’ll be back to lead next year. McAlister, who hopes to attend either USC or Stanford, has started all three years as a forward on the team and is also an avid equestrian. “There is no one who displays the character of the Phil Womble Award more than Lauren McAlister,” said Athletic Director Mike Biermann. Biermann specifically recalled a game … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Jackson Mauze, Cate School

Cate junior Jackson Mauze is an all-county and all-CIF third baseman as well as a standout on the Rams' 8-man football team and soccer squad. He is on pace to earn 12 varsity letters in his Cate career. He holds a 3.5 GPA and, most importantly, serves as a role model and mentor for younger students. "It was a no-brainer on who to give this award to today," said Athletic Director Wade Ransom. "He stands apart in the choices that he makes." Ransom said that on three separate occasions … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Cody Yokubaitis, Bishop Diego

Cody Yokubaitis is a standout pitcher in baseball, just like his UCSB Hall-of-Fame father Dan. But when the Bishop Diego junior was approached to play soccer by coach Jesus Landeros, the response went something like this: "Coach, you know that soccer is not my sport.  There's way too much running and it will take my time away from baseball.  But since I know we don't have enough guys and the team needs me to play, I will." He's now the starting goalie for the Cardinals, who are 3-0-2. He … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Shelby Dunlap, Carpinteria

Phil Womble Ethics Award winner Shelby Dunlap does it all at Carpinteria High. She plays volleyball, basketball, track and is also a varsity cheerleader. She carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of numerous on-campus organizations, including Junior Statesmen of America. "She's not very big, but she buzzes around all over the place and makes everyone smile," said Ward, who is also the school's athletic director. Dunlap's mother was there to watch proudly. Unfortunately, Dunlap's father, who … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Johnny Manzo, San Marcos

There are lots of qualities that a Womble -award winner must possess — leadership, selflessness and dedication to name a few. According to San Marcos volleyball coach Roger Kuntz, Johnny Manzo is "the package." Manzo, a junior volleyball and basketball player for the Royals, received heaps of praise from Kuntz, hoops coach Jarrod Bradley and principal Norm Clevenger at the luncheon before stepping up to the podium himself. "It's important to treat others how you want to be treated, not … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Katy Villanueva, Santa Barbara High

Katy Villanueva, a junior middle blocker on the Santa Barbara High volleyball team, is involved with ASB and works with Direct Relief International on top of being exceptional in the classroom. She surely has a laundry list of accomplishments like so many of the other outstanding kids honored at the weekly luncheons. But Santa Barbara Athletic Director Nan Verkaik and coach Gannon kept their descriptions short and sweet when discussing Villanueva, who blushed as she stood waiting for her … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Rebecca Neilsen-Robbins, Santa Barbara High

WOMBLE ETHICS AWARD — REBECCA NEILSEN-ROBBINS Neilsen-Robbins, who pitches for the Santa Barbara Dons softball team, carries a 4.76 GPA and is the editor of SBHS's school paper, The Forge. On the side, the Junior Statesman of America wants to attend Stanford or Cal Berkeley and is also a board member for the organization Youth Making Change. … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Will McCracken, Dos Pueblos

WILL McCRACKEN - DOS PUEBLOS VOLLEYBALL McCracken, a junior setter on the DP boys volleyball team, carried a 3.5 GPA and has logged over 500 hours of community service. He is eager to help teammates and fellow students, and is a fixture at Charger sporting events, whether it is as a fan or an assistant, which he was for the freshman girls spikers this fall. Much of his volunteering is done at Transition House, which provides shelter and services for homeless families. "The setter's job is to … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Seth Judson, Laguna Blanca

Laguna Blanca's Seth Judson plays football, soccer and lacrosse for the Owls and also carries a 4.5 GPA. He gives campus tours to prospective students and is on the staff of “Portfolio,” a yearly publication which highlights student poetry and artwork.  As if that doesn’t make him busy enough, he volunteers at the Ty Warner Sea Center and helps refurbish bicycles to give to the needy during the holidays. … [Read more...]