Adrianna Nuñez: Scholar, soccer dynamo honored by Latino Town Hall

October 08, 2010
Santa Paula News

Latino Town Hall at their 14th Annual Awards Dinner lauded a Santa Paula High School student when scholar and soccer dynamo Adrianna Nuñez received the 2010 Sports Award.

The September 14 award ceremony was held at Casa del Mexicano, where the hall was filled with LTH supporters and friends.

Keynote speaker was nationally recognized civil rights attorney Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF. Past and present elected officials and candidates were also in attendance. Also introduced were Casa directors, with Master of Ceremonies Jesse Ornelas giving a brief history of the benevolent organization. LTH President and City Councilman Dr. Gabino Aguirre offered opening remarks urging all to continue the organization’s efforts on behalf of the Santa Paula community.

“Santa Paula High School has seen many outstanding athletes come through its doors,” said Ornelas, “and Adrianna Nuñez is one of the best.  This athlete has surpassed and exceeded all expectations on and off the playing field, despite having to overcome some serious obstacles.”

He noted Adrianna has been a “model student citizen, scholar athlete and thus has served as a role model for all athletes at Santa Paula High School,” where she had been a student for three years. Through hard work, commitment and dedication, Adrianna has maintained a high grade point average while earning All League honors in three different sports.

She also is an active volunteer in various clubs and organizations. Ornelas said, “According to her teachers and sports instructors, Adrianna is a pleasure to work with, and they marvel at how she’s blossomed into the person she has become.”

Adrianna has been involved in volleyball, girls soccer, and track and field, as well as with ASB (Associated Student Body) and Link Crew, among many other organizations she has participated in over her years at Santa Paula High School. Along with earning All League Honors in all three sports, Adrianna has earned All County recognition in track and field and in girl’s soccer.

But during her junior year Ornelas said the young woman suffered a serious knee injury that required major surgery, which sidelined her for her entire junior year. “Nevertheless, she has managed to earn a spot to play on the U17 Mexican National Soccer Team and is traveling from Mexico City to Trinidad and Tobago to play in the 2010 Women’s World Cup Soccer Game.

“Given her attitude, perseverance, and great attitude,” Ornelas said, “it is no surprise she took on a starting role on the Mexican National Soccer Team. Her strength, abilities, and a strong parental foundation have allowed Adrianna to excel to great heights and represent her school as well as our town to the fullest.”

Adrianna thanked her parents and family for their strong support, and SPHS Assistant Principal Elizabeth Garcia offered her own remarks. “Adrianna is bold, bright, brown and beautiful,” said Garcia, as well as generous and thoughtful: Adrianna donated her World Cup jersey to SPHS, and Garcia showed off the professionally framed treasure that will inspire and bring pride to other students. “We’re happy to honor and celebrate Adrianna’s accomplishments,” including, added Garcia, her impressive 4.6 GPA.

Adrianna also received a Board of Supervisors Proclamation from Supervisor Kathy Long, represented at the event by Martin Hernandez.

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