Congratulations to all of our 2019-2020 Athletic Award Recipients! We would have loved to celebrate your accomplishments through a traditional awards ceremony. Although the format has understandably changed this year, it is still imperative to our school and our athletic department that we take some to give our student-athletes the recognition that they have worked tirelessly to earn!
2019-2020 Women’s Athletics Golden Bear Award Winner: Jazlyn Arevalo
Jazlyn Arevalo has maintained a cumulative GPA of 4.27 while also earning varsity letters in 3 sports (cross country, soccer, and track and field). Soccer is Jazlyn’s dominant sport, and she will continue her athletic pursuits at Hope International University. She was a 4-year starter for our girls’ soccer team, and she was the 2020 captain for the Bears. She has earned innumerable honors during her tenure, including but not limited to SGVL All-League (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Athletics Golden Bear (2019, 2020), Press Telegram Dream Team (2020), Dr. Mary Stauffer Scholar-Athlete Award (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Warren High School Most Valuable Player (2017), and Warren High School Most Dedicated Player (2019, 2020). Jazlyn also serves our campus and community through her role as the ASB Vice President. She is actively involved in campus life through Varsity Club and Hope Club. She also works diligently to improve her craft outside of school through her time with Beach FC Soccer Club. Jazlyn is one of the most courageous and resilient student-athletes. Her size belies her because she plays with the biggest heart. She is tough and unrelenting; she is strong beyond measure. Jazlyn is the epitome of a student-athlete at Warren High School, and we are confident that she is going to attack her future athletic pursuits with the same tenacity and fearlessness that she has shown as a Bear!
2019-2020 Men’s Athletics Golden Bear Award Winner: Jasen Nicolas
Jasen Nicolas has maintained a 4.10 cumulative GPA while also earning a spot as a 4-year Varsity letterman on the boys’ soccer team. He has helped lead our team to two 2nd round appearances in CIF (2018, 2020). He was named to the 2020 SGVL All-Academic Team. Jasen carries himself with integrity and class in every situation. It is always a joy to see him on the campus and on the playing field because he treats everyone with respect while always giving the best of himself to every situation. Jasen’s effect on the game is a palpable one. During the 2020 1st round CIF game, our Bears were struggling early. We looked out of sorts–our touches were off, we were struggling to control possession, and all momentum seemed to be carried by our opponent. Jasen took control of the game by scoring the first goal for the Bears, and with that play, there was a notable shift in the action. The Bears ended up winning in decisive fashion, and Jasen played an integral role in that victory. His composure and poise in high-stakes situations made him a phenomenal teammate and leader on the field. Jasen enhances our campus through his commitment to his studies, his passion for e-sports, and his dedication and determination on the soccer field. We are confident that these intangibles will serve as the catalyst for continued success in his future studies!
2019-2020 Female Athlete of the Year: Bethany Aviles
Bethany Aviles had arguably one of, if not the most, successful seasons in the history of Warren Girls’ Wrestling to-date. Bethany was the captain of the 2020 team. As such, she led by both word and action. She garnered top honors, including 2020 Warren High School Most Valuable Player. She was a 2020 State Qualifier, boasting a 2-2- record at the State Meet. While there, she earned the tremendous recognition of CIF Southern Section Victory with Honor Award. This honor is bestowed upon one female wrestler in the state of California as recognized by peers, coaches, and CIF State officials for exemplifying respect and modesty in victory and integrity and courage in defeat. Bethany earned a 7th place finish at the 2020 CIF Masters Meet (a meet for which she was a two-time qualifier–2019 and 2020). For the second year in-a-row, Bethany was the 3rd-place finisher at CIF Finals (2019, 2020). She was the 2020 SGVL Champion, and as one of the best area wrestlers, she earned additional recognition on the 2020 Press Telegram Dream Team. She was named the SoCal Athlete of the Week for her dominant performances throughout the season. Most recently, Bethany was named one of the 2020 USA Today Top 10 nominees for the Los Angeles Wrestler of the Year. Bethany’s only losses this year came to competitors who finished ahead of her at the State Championship. The 2019-2020 season proved to be one for the record books for the illustrious Warren wrestling career of Bethany Aviles.
2019-2020 Male Athlete of the Year: Jonathan Gonzalez
Jonathan Gonzalez is a scholarship recipient to California State University, Long Beach where he will continue his athletic and academic pursuits at the DI level. He is a four-year varsity letter-winner for the Warren Baseball team, and he earned a spot as a four-year Varsity starter for the Bears. He has been named to the SGVL All-League Team for three consecutive years (2017, 2018, and 2019), and he surely would have completed that streak had his 2020 season been played to completion. Jonathan has also been named to the Press Telegram Dream Team and the All-CIF Team. He led the Bears in almost every measurable category, but he also led the Bears in some truly immeasurable ways. During the 2019 season, Jonathan was a part of a first-round CIF game in which he incurred a terrible injury. At the time of the injury, no one realized its severity. Jonathan was adamant that he remain in the game; however, after scoring his subsequent run, the coaches made the wise decision to pull him from the action. He was taken to the hospital where it was discovered that he had ruptured his spleen. In spite of suffering what proved to be a life-threatening injury only 48 hours earlier, who should appear at the site of the 2nd round CIF game but Jonathan Gonzalez–the hospital escapee. Of course he was not able to play, but his mere presence motivated and inspired his teammates. He played every game with unparalleled passion and unwavering relentlessness. His drive and heart will prove to be the catalyst for continued success as a 49’er.
2019-2020 TJ Peacock Award Recipient: Alicia Liera
Alicia Liera is a two-year Varsity letter-winner for our Girls’ Cross Country and Track and Field programs. According to Coach Waldron, “Alicia is one of the most disciplined, hard-working, and mature athletes that I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching.” These attributes are what afforded Alicia the opportunity to continue her academic and athletic pursuits at the University of Southern California, where she will be a member of the Women’s Cross Country team. With poise and composure, Alicia manages to balance two varsity sports and a rigorous load of honors/AP courses while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 4.13. Behind all of her remarkable success, no one would suspect the struggles and adversity that she has had to endure and overcome. As Coach Waldron affirms, her accolades speak volumes, but “it’s her character that truly defines who she is.” Alicia’s athletic career was riddled by injury, as she sustained a stress fracture and battled a chronic hip injury which required regular physical therapy. Alicia never allowed those setbacks to derail her, and she excelled in alternate training methods while supporting her team through her absences. Alicia never gave up on herself; her focus, determination, and resolve never waned. She was committed to her personal goals, and she was also unflappable in her dedication to serve her team. Alicia was a true role model for her teammates, exuding confidence, sportsmanship, selflessness, and grit. Aside from the physical tribulations that Alicia endured, she was also saddled with a number of familial and financial concerns. Alicia went out of her way to try to help her family through any means possible. She made immense sacrifices in order to provide for her family. She prioritized others’ needs above her own while trying to ensure that her family was afforded the best opportunities possible. In spite of the fact that her efforts could not prevent further hardship for her family, Alicia never lost hope. To this day, she remains optimistic and enthusiastic about her future endeavors. That unshakable confidence and faith will light her path to continued success as a Trojan!
Again, a sincere and heartfelt congratulations to our 2019-2020 Athletic Awards recipients!