Student Athletes Honored For Hard Work In and Out of the Classroom

Pictured: 2017-2018 Citrus College Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year and their coaches. 

From left to right: Coach Jen Spalding, Hunter Olivier, Coach Brett Lauer, Jeremy Smith, Coach Linnae Barber Matthews and Marisol Chavez-Delgado

Image credit: Ricky Lin
Pictured: 2017-2018 Citrus College Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year and their coaches. From left to right: Coach Jen Spalding, Hunter Olivier, Coach Brett Lauer, Jeremy Smith, Coach Linnae Barber Matthews and Marisol Chavez-Delgado Image credit: Ricky Lin

The 55th Annual Citrus College Achievement Awards Ceremony were held in the Robert D. Haugh Performing Arts Center, and several Citrus student athletes were honored for some of the most prestigious recognitions the school has to offer. 

Watts Waddington, a standout on the Citrus Men's Cross Country team, was awarded the 'Key of Knowledge', the most prestigious academic award given by the college. The Key of Knowledge is bestowed upon the 10 students who have achieved the college's highest overall academic performance. A committee of administrators and faculty review the transcripts of students with the highest GPA's to ensure that their coursework represents a rigorous combination of general education and major courses, a minimum of 34 units completed, and full-time enrollment for at least two of the last three semesters. Citrus College Student Athletes take their studies seriously, and Mr. Waddington has exemplified that trait. 

Also amongst the academic award recipients were student athletes that were named 'Distinguished Students' within their academic fields of study. Men's Water Polo player Panagiotis Giannoulias was named by the Humanities and Political Science Department; Softball player Molly Montell and Men's Basketball player Quintin Bailey were recognized by the Department of Kinesiology; and Softball standout Celine Spathias was chosen by the Mathematics Department. 

Aside from academically focused honors, the college also recognizes the top male and female athletes of the year. These individuals exemplified what it means to be a student athlete at Citrus, and achieved at a very high level in their respective sports. 

The Female Athlete of the Year award was given to two young women who tied in the voting process. Women's Basketball player Marisol Chavez-Delgado and Women's Water Polo and Swimming athlete Hunter Olivier were both honored as the top female athletes for 2017-2018.

Jeremy Smith was unanimously chosen as the Male Student Athlete of the Year for his season on the Men's Basketball team. 

Chavez-Delgado, who led her team to a drastic improvement on last year's win/loss record after a grueling comeback form a season ending injury just two years ago, led the Owls in most offensive categories this season, and was awarded 1st Team all Conference by the Western State Conference.  

Olivier, who was one of the best Women's Water Polo players in the country, and a standout swimmer for the Owls as well, led the Water Polo team in many statistical categories. Olivier was awarded 1st Team all Conference, All Regional and All American for her efforts inn the water.

Jeremy Smith, who led the Citrus Men's Basketball team to its second consecutive conference championship, was voted the top Male Athlete of the Year. Smith, one of the top scorers in the state, was chosen as the Conference MVP, and made the All State 1st Team. 

Citrus Athletics is proud of our student athletes' success on the court, field, pool, course, but especially proud of the academic achievements of young men and women.