The SDL selected Lilya Gardner and Houston Bradeson as SDL Scholar Athlete Scholarship recipients, awarding each of them with a $100 scholarship. The criteria, in addition to academic success, was based on athletic performance, sportsmanship, leadership, and excellence of character. VCS Falcons congratulate you – WE ARE SO PROUD!
Lilya spent her high school career dedicated to volleyball and softball.Her coaches spoke very highly of her and ability to be the spirit leader for her team. Coach Munar and Coach Borges continued to share how she could be counted on to ” shift the energy on the court to one of encouragement.”
“[Lilya] played with heart and stepped up as a key defender for our team. Her positive spirit radiated from the court.” Coach Munar
Coach Barrows, Head Coach for the Women’s Softball program echoed the sentiments, “she’s there for her teammates, always ready to help out with encouraging words or to help them through drills.”
“She’s a great kid, always willing to put in the work to get the job done, doesn’t need shortcuts.”Coach Barrows
Lilya plans to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the fall. She will pursue a degree in Justice Studies. We wish her the best as she plans to tryout for their softball, volleyball, and equestrian teams.
Houston could be found on the basketball court and the baseball field. Coach Kuch commented that “Houston’s understanding of the game [of basketball] and awareness of his teammates enabled the team to play to its optimal level.” Baseball Coach Motta described him as “a pleasure to coach and a true friend on and off the field.” Houston’s teacher’s describe him as a young man with a great deal of integity and compassion for others.
“Houston Bradeson, a young man of few words, yet his actions are plentiful.”Coach Motta
Houston plans to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, in the fall. He will be pursuing a degree in Sports Management and plans to stay involved in athletics.
“His dedication and selflessness improved his individual play and the performance of the team.”Coach Kuch