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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kern High School District held its third annual Promoting Excellence in Athletics and Activities in Kern, or PEAAK, Awards on Wednesday night in Harvey Auditorium at Bakersfield High. For the third straight year, the event was a hit — highlighted for me by a fantastic rendition of "When I Was Your Man" by Stockdale freshman Mary Tun, who played the piano and sang American Idol-quality stuff — and gave recognition to worthy students who excelled in various athletics and activities like music, drama and academic clubs.
As for the awards, Frontier senior Katie Cornford took home the big prize, the Mayor's Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding student-athlete in the city (the Tyack Awards, which will be presented Monday, are similar but given to one male and one female, have a greater emphasis on athletics and encompass all of Kern County). Cornford is Frontier's senior-class president and valedictorian and was an all-league volleyball setter and soccer defender. And, yes, if the name sounds familiar, she's the daughter of Frontier football coach Rich Cornford.
Also taking home notable hardware were Ridgeview's Kamari Cotton-Moya and Independence's Preston Hodges, who shared the Best Male Athlete Award; Ridgeview's Erica McCall, the Best Female Athlete; Andrew Daughtery, the Best Male Student-Athlete; and Cornford and South's Samantha Carbajal, who shared Best Female Student-Athlete.
Here's a complete list of winners:
- Best Community Supporter - The Bakersfield Jockey Club
- Best Community Service Project – Lifesavers, West
- Most Inspirational - Halloween MOVE Commission, East High
- Outstanding Leadership – 9th Grade Mentors, Foothill
- Best Male Athlete –TIE: Preston Hodges, Independence, and Kamari Cotton Moya, Ridgeview
- Best Female Athlete - Erica McCall, Ridgeview
- Best in Instrumental Music - Jazz Band, South
- Best Theatre Technician - Robert McDonald, Frontier
- Best Example of Sportsmanship (Individual) - Jordan Wood, Arvin
- Best Example of Sportsmanship (Team or School) - Boys Varsity Basketball Team, East
- Best Play or Theatrical Performance - “Bang Bang You’re Dead”, Arvin HS Drama Dept.
- Best Cheering Section - The Red Zone, Centennial
- Most Memorable Moment-TIE: BHS Return of PFC Roosevelt Clark’s Remains & Highland Girls Varsity Soccer Team
- Most Original Production - Bear Pride Live News Cast, Arvin
- Best Instrumental Music Soloist or Small Group - Brian Liu, Stockdale
- Play of the Year - Preveon Alexander, Ridgeview football
- Best Public Event or Competition - Special Education Prom, Centennial
- Greatest Comeback - Boys Varsity Basketball Team, Independence
- Tradition of Excellence - Virtual Business Team, Centennial
- Best Musical Excellence - “Music in Motion” Band & Color Guard Competition, Centennial
- Best Actor - Jose Gutierrez, Ridgeview
- Best Actress - Amelia Rogers, South
Best Team GPA - Girls Varsity Tennis Team, Liberty
• Best Female Student Athlete–TIE: Kathryn Cornford, Frontier, and Samantha Carbajal, South
- Best Male Student Athlete - Andrew Daughtery, Centennial
- Best in Vocal Music - Vicente Arias, East High
· • KHSD Superintendent’s Ambassador Award - AVID Program, East High