Scholarship winner Daina Rodriguez and her family, members of the Scholarship Committee and the Mart family: from left, front row: Sheccid Rodriguez, Isai Rodriguez, Meztli Rodriguez; second row: Sue Mart, Vicki Mart Larsen, Daina Rodriguez, Mariana Rodriguez (mother) and Rev. John Fernandes; back row: Bill Ford, Grace House, Jorge Rodriguez (father).
2018 Marty Mart CYO Volleyball scholarship awarded
In her scholarship essay, Daina Rodriguez, an eighth-grade CYO volleyball player from St. Cornelius Catholic School, wrote: "Volleyball has taught me that it's OK to make mistakes. It has taught me that I need to let others make mistakes, too. Because I learned to trust my team and my team learned to trust me, I learned more about sportsmanship."
Daina has been awarded the 2018 Mary Mart CYO Volleyball Scholarship, with the award presentation taking place at the special Mass celebrated at the recent Jim Negri Girls' CYO Volleyball Tournament. Victoria Mart Larsen, daughter of Marty Mart, presented the award on behalf of the Oakland diocese CYO.
Daina has played CYO volleyball at St. Cornelius, for four years and has participated in CYO girls' basketball and CYO track and field. A musician as well as an athlete, she plays clarinet, playing and singing in the church choir and Mexican band. She is president of the student council at St Cornelius School in Richmond.
In his letter of recommendation, Richard Lopez, one of the St. Cornelius CYO athletic directors, wrote of Daina: "Even on the sideline, Daina can be heard cheering on her teammates. She represents what St. Cornelius School is all about. She has integrity, strong social awareness, promotes peace, unity and fosters respect. Daina's faith has also shown on the volleyball court. It is this faith that grounds her and keeps her humble."
This is the 15th year the scholarship has been awarded to an outstanding Eighth Grade CYO girls' volleyball player. The award is given based on the candidates' expression of Christian values experienced in sports and the ability to work with teammates and with other teams in exhibiting those Christian values. Athletic talent is not considered. Candidates submit an application asking for their reflections on their "athletic abilities, sportsmanship, and the effects of their CYO participation on the daily life and their faith." They are also asked to provide a reference from an adult who is significant in their lives. The top candidates are then invited to interview with the scholarship committee.
The CYO Office awards the Marty Mart Scholarship annually in Girls' CYO Volleyball. This scholarship is named in honor of the late Marty Mart, former assistant diocesan CYO director, volleyball coach and referee, who passed away in 2002. The scholarship of $1,000 is used to help support the awardees education, and is funded entirely through private donations.
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