The Mountain View High School Sports Boosters recently granted their 2021 scholarships to spring graduates Gabriel Barrett and Alexis Romero.
The boosters selected Barrett and Romero for their athletic and academic achievements as Spartan students, according to club members, as well as for their contributions to the school and community.
Romero made the varsity diving team as a sophomore and eventually served as team captain and an assistant to her coach, Rafael Alapont.
“Without Alexis, our diving team would be nonexistent.” Alapont said. “She has been a positive and inspiring role model for all of her teammates.”
Outside the pool, Romero was involved in many organizations and clubs on campus, including the Madrigals, Spartan Buddies, UNICEF and the TedX program. She also competed on the junior varsity cross-country team for two years.
“It feels really great to know that I can take charge of my own education and help contribute to the costs,” Romero said of winning the $1,500 scholarship.
Romero is taking her diving talents to Scripps College this fall, where she will be studying human biology on a pre-med track. She plans to put the money toward her tuition.
Fellow scholarship recipient Barrett is bound for Claremont McKenna College, where he will play baseball.
The ace pitcher on the Spartans’ baseball team last season, Barrett also played varsity soccer for three seasons. He threw his first no-hitter with 17 strikeouts against Wilcox in April, and in 2019 pitched the final outs of the Central Coast Section Division I final, sealing Mountain View’s first CCS baseball championship.
Barrett was known not just for his athleticism on the field, but also for his leadership skills.
“Each and every day he came to practice working hard and pushed his teammates around him to be better,” Mountain View coach Kris Mims said. “It has been a joy coaching him both on and off the field these last four years.”
When he wasn’t competing in sports, Barrett – who could not be reached for an interview prior to deadline – was also involved in the school’s Sixth Man Club (school spirit); he was named vice president as a senior.
The Mountain View Sports Boosters have been giving out the annual scholarship for nearly a decade now.
The honor is awarded to one female and one male Mountain View senior each spring. The application process involves writing an essay and getting a recommendation letter from a coach.
The booster board selects the winners, who are chosen not just for their athletic and academic achievements, but also for their growth as student-athletes, according to board members.