Student athletes from JFK, CKM and West Campus win scholarships

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Three phenomenal SCUSD scholar-athletes — Makenzie Fong of John F. Kennedy, Amanda Meroux of West Campus and Derek Taylor of C.K. McClatchy — have won the Dale Lacky Scholarship from the California Scholastic Federation.

The scholarship honors students for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school.  Each student was awarded $600 towards college fees.

Makenzie Fong

Fong played for JFK’s volleyball team for three years and for the soccer
team for two seasons.Her junior and senior years, she received all-league honors for volleyball. She was the volleyball team captain her senior year. She’s been a member of California Scholarship Federation for four years,
holding offices such as parliamentarian, secretary and vice president. She was named the Most Outstanding PACEr as a sophomore; PACE is the school’s advanced learning program. She has volunteered at Mercy General
Hospital since 2010. Makenzie has a 4.15 GPA, which ranks her No. 15 out of a class of 572. She is undecided on her college, but has been accepted to several schools along the West Coast. She plans on majoring in psychology,
biology or neuroscience with the plan of going into research or psychology.

Amanda Meroux

Meroux ran for West Campus’ cross country team for four years and also played soccer for four years. She was named to the cross country all-league team twice and was all-league in soccer once.

Her soccer teams have won three consecutive Section championships; their fourth season is ongoing. Since she was 10, she has competed with the Rancho Cordova synchronized swimming team. She’s been a member of the National Honor Society for the last two years. She has been a member of her school’s marching and concert bands for the last four years, and for the last two years has been a member of the California Music Educators Association honor band. For the last six years, she has volunteered at the Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter. She also volunteers at the Sacramento Food Bank. Amanda has a 4.29 GPA, which ranks her No. 12 in her class. She is undecided on her college, but has been accepted to universities from across the nation. She plans on majoring in either environmental or ecological engineering, with the goal of going into one of those fields.

Derek Taylor

Taylor has played several different sports while at McClatchy. He’s competed
in swimming (four years), basketball (three years), water polo (three years), football (one year), soccer (one year) and rugby (one year). He’s been the swimming team MVP three times. He was a team captain and made all-league in football and water polo. He’s won the Gary Brosmer Leadership Award and has been the head of elections at McClatchy for the last two years. He volunteers as a youth recreational leader and swim coach at Park
Terrace Swim Club, Land Park Volunteer Corps, Harvest Sacramento, Elks Lodge, Ecology Project International and various school fundraisers. He also shaved his head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Derek has a 4.42 GPA
and is undecided on his college choice. He plans on majoring in philosophy or sociology with the future goal of becoming a behavioral economist, professor or policy maker.