Your 2016-2017 Athletes of the Year are Marcela Herrera and Alex Aken.
Marcela maintains a 5.06 weighted GPA while taking AP and honors classes. She is a member of multiple organizations on campus including National Science Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, National Social Studies Honor Society, National Italian Honor Society and NHS where she holds office as the secretary and is also an Order of the Torch Student Ambassador on campus. She is a member of the straight A honor roll, has been named a USA Water Polo Academic All-American and is a member of Olympia’s APEX Program.
In the pool she has been a 4 year varsity athlete competing on our swimming and water polo teams. She is a 4 time district and metro champion and 2 time regional champion in swimming. She helped lead our program to a state runner-up finish in 2015 and she finished 4th as an individual in the 2016 state finals.
She is a 3 time metro, district and regional water polo champion. She has received the prestigious All-American honor in 2016, which is the highest recognition one can achieve in water polo.
She has led her team to 4 top 10 state finishes including a state runner-up finish in 2016.
As a senior she helped lead our water polo program to an historic 31-0 undefeated season, earning the school and states first public school state championship.
Head Coach Stephanie Possell has this to say about Marcela Herrera, “Marcela is smart, skilled, and dedicated. She is small on land but plays with the intensity and skill that makes her big in the water. She has been an absolute gift to coach. One attribute that makes Marcela extra special is the fact that she is always reaching out to lift her teammates up to celebrate their accomplishments as much as her own.”
This young lady will be taking her academic and athletic talents to Bucknell University this fall to continue her playing career while majoring in biology.
Alex maintains a 5.04 weighted GPA while taking AP and honors classes.
He is the President of the National Honor Society and has held a variety of other leadership roles on campus including: Superintendents Advisory Council, SGA Class President, Titan TV News Anchor, FCA Vice President, and he is also a member of Olympia’s debate club. He received the honor of being named Mr. Olympia by his peers and has been a member of our homecoming court all 4 years.
He has competed on various teams throughout his career at Olympia including our football team, and decided this year to try cross country for the first time where he helped lead our team to a 5th place state finish.
Alex has been an integral member of our boys’ lacrosse program for all 4 years where he has been a 4 year starter and 2 year team captain. He is a 3 time all-metro selection and holds various school and county records including 256 ground balls in a season and 620 ground balls for his career. He was recently named a US Lacrosse All-American, which is the first in Olympia history and is a highly prestigious honor.
He also received the US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award this year which is given to an athlete that goes above and beyond in service to their school team and community.
He has received a number of scholarships rewarding his stellar academic performance, leadership and service including a $2,500 Spectrum Sports scholarship.
Head Coach Jordan Tracey has this to say about Alex Aken, “Every coach dreams of coaching an athlete like Alex. His passion, drive, and self-discipline are unwavering. Alex pushes himself and his teammates both on and off the field at all times. Whenever I talk about Alex in the coaching circles it is always met with, “how can I get an Alex? It has been an absolute pleasure coaching Alex and with his determination and discipline there is nothing in life and lacrosse that will stand in his way.”
Alex will take his talents to Palm Beach Atlantic University where he will study finance and continue on to earn a graduate degree in divinity as he pursues a career as a military chaplain.