Rachael Johnson from the 2007 and 2008 women’s soccer team will be awarded the Pepsi Scholar-Athlete Award next month at the CCCAA Convention to be held in Ontario, CA. The Pepsi award is the highest academic award that a California Community College student-athlete can receive. Each year it goes to the top male and female student-athletes in California from the previous year. There are over 26,000 student-athletes that participate each year in California Community College Athletics. Rachael maintained a 4.00 GPA while at Solano. Some of the courses she took were the Calculus series, and transfer chemistry and physics. In addition to her academic prowess, Rachael was a two-year starter on the soccer squad and was all-conference 2nd team as a frosh and 1st team as a sophomore. She also won the Wooden Scholarship (named after George Wooden, a long-time SCC coach) which goes to the top student who displays sportsmanship and dedication in recreation or sports.
A resident of Dixon, Rachael currently is at UC Davis where she is majoring in Geology. Rachael is the first Pepsi Scholar-Athlete award winner for Solano Community College. Solano has had two previous Pepsi Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll award winners (finalists for the Pepsi Scholar-Athlete Award): Ana Gallegos, women’s basketball 1997, and Ashley Casassa, women’s soccer 2006.
Soccer coach Jeff Cardinal has played an important role in ensuring that these students receive the honors they have earned. We congratulate the coaching staff and the athletes for their achievement. This is an adaptation of a report from Dean Robert Myers. For info, contact Jeff Cardinal, firstname.lastname@example.org.