Brahmas News · 2020 All School Athletic Award Recipients


Champions of Character

Madison Bernardino

Exemplary selfless teammate who was always working to improve herself so that she can help her teams in any way possible. 3 sport Varsity Letter in Volleyball, Soccer, and Track & Field, 4 year Tri-Sport Athlete, Scholar-Athlete, Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, Coach for Diamond Bar Pony Baseball, and Girls League member. Exemplifies the Athletic Department’s Vision of our 13 ideals of Character.

Thank you for your selflessness and willingness to help others. We as a coaching staff are proud of you and you will be placed in an exclusive group of exemplary Brahmas!

I encourage you to let this recognition be just a starting point for your future goals. I hope that you will take the time to thank all of your coaches and teachers for their dedication and commitment in helping you and your teammates become successful citizens. Rely on the winning traits that you have learned as a Brahma to assist you as you work toward your lifetime goals. It will never be easy, but you have the determination to work through the tough times that are all part of the “journey to success.”

On behalf of our Brahma Family, we wish you all the best for the future. We are proud of you!

Past Recipients:

2020 Madison Bernardino

2019 Kimberly Flores

2018 Samantha Blazek


Student-Athlete of the Year

Angelica Kusnowo

One of the greatest student leaders on and off the field. 2 years Varsity Captain, 4 team Divisional Titles, 2 3rd place finish in CIF-State individuals, CIF Individual Divisional Champion, Daily Bulletin Player of the Year, USA Today State California Honoree, 4.00 GPA, Full Scholarship to St. John’s University. A student committed to improving her craft through endless hours of practice, hard work, and sacrifices.

As you can see, you are one of thirty-eight student-athletes to receive this award in the school’s history. Your accomplishments and competitive spirit have placed you in this exclusive group of young women.

Your participation in golf has helped our team to be a title contender every season. I encourage you to let this recognition be just a starting point for your future goals. I hope that you will take the time to thank all of your coaches and teachers for their dedication and commitment in helping you and your teammates become successful citizens. Rely on the winning traits that you have learned as a Brahma to assist you as you work toward your lifetime goals. It will never be easy, but you have the determination to work through the tough times that are all part of the “journey to success.”

On behalf of our Brahma Family, we wish you all the best for the future. We are proud of you!

Past Recipients:

1984 Cindy Smith (Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton)

1985 Teresea Cherry (Tennis, Softball) and Kristi McDonald (Cross Country, Track)

1986 Rosalyn Mitchell (Volleyball, Track)

1987 Vanessa Nicholson (Volleyball, Track)

1988 Ellen Kuhnert (Volleyball, Basketball, Track)

1989 Elizabeth Sircha (Tennis, Basketball, Softball)

1990 Shannon Stec (Tennis, Soccer, Softball)

1991 Monique Smith (Cross Country, Track)

1992 Peggy King (Tennis, Badminton)

1993 Annie Fu (Tennis, Track)

1994 Tara Irving (Tennis, Softball)

1995 Jaime Gast (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball) and Princess Hatcher (Cross Country, Basketball,Track)

1996 Brandi Favre (Volleyball, Basketball)

1997 Rebecca Sobieski (Soccer)

1998 Erin Brunelle (Volleyball, Soccer)

1999 Lauren Okayama (Basketball)

2000 Raquel Johnson (Volleyball, Basketball, Track)

2001 Kristen Yeager (Football, Soccer)

2002 Cristan Higa (Volleyball, Soccer, Track)

2003 Katie Chou (Basketball, Track)

2004 Marissa Nichols (Volleyball, Softball)

2005 Kelli Beatty (Soccer, Track)

2006 Erica Younge (Track, Basketball)

2007 Alissa Anaya (Volleyball, Basketball)

2008 Torrie Brown (Volleyball)

2009 Jamie Parke (Volleyball)

2010 Melissa Wilson (Swim)

2011 Stephany La Rosa (Softball)

2012 Lizzy McCabe (Basketball, Softball)

2013 Tatum Lockett (Volleyball, Soccer)

2014 Sabrina Corpus (Soccer)

2015 Bethany Wu (Golf)

2016 Destinee Garr (Basketball)

2017 Juliana Gamboa (Basketball, Track)

2018 Crystal Wang (Golf)

2019 Kailie Vongsaga (Golf)

2020 Angelica Kusnowo (Golf)


Student-Athlete of the Year

Ethan Thomas

A focused and hardworking student-athlete placed his team first above himself. 4 years Varsity Starter, Varsity Captain, 3 years All-League Honors, 3 years team League Champions, 2019 CIF Team Divisional Runner Up, and All-League Individuals.

As you can see, you are one of thirty-seven student-athletes to receive this award in the school’s history. Your accomplishments and competitive spirit have placed you in this exclusive group of young men.

Your participation in Golf has helped our team to be a title contender every season. I encourage you to let this recognition be just a starting point for your future goals. I hope that you will take the time to thank all of your coaches and teachers for their dedication and commitment in helping you and your teammates become successful citizens. Rely on the winning traits that you have learned as a Brahma to assist you as you work toward your lifetime goals. It will never be easy, but you have the determination to work through the tough times that are all part of the “journey to success.”

On behalf of our entire Brahma Family, we= wish you all the best for the future. We are proud of you!

Past Recipients:

1984 Troy Rockwell (Cross Country, Basketball, Track)

1985 Rich Gonzales (Football, Baseball)

1986 Kraig Washington (Football, Baseball

1987 Craig Turley (Soccer, Baseball)

1988 Brian Hendrick (Basketball, Baseball)

1989 David Morlan (Football, Soccer, Baseball, Track)

1990 Tito Quiles (Football, Baseball)

1991 James Doyle (Football, Soccer, Baseball)

1992 Jared Janke (Basketball, Baseball)

1992 Richard Ford (Football, Wrestling, Track)

1993 Keith Van Horn (Basketball)

1994 Thomas Simmons (Football, Baseball)

1995 Jake Bergman (Football, Track)

1996 Spencer Oborn (Basketball, Baseball)

1997 Brett Lobel (Football, Wrestling)

1998 Jason Welch (Football, Baseball)

1999 Pat Elfelt (Football, Basketball, Track)

2000 Blake Lobel (Football, Wrestling)

2001 Dominic Robinson (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

2002 Dan Dorn (Football, Baseball)

2003 Anthony DeMonaco (Football, Basketball)

2004 Ryan Wendell (Football)

2005 Collin Robinson (Basketball)

2006 Marcus Marbrey (Football, Soccer, Track)

2007 Brett Miller (Football, Soccer, Baseball)

2008 Kyle Warren (Football, Soccer, Track)

2009 Joel Baez (Football, Basketball)

2010 James Grigorian (Football, Wrestling, Track)

2011 Nathan Penticoff (Football, Wrestling, Track)

2012 Henry Omana (Football, Baseball)

2013 Matt Carrillo (Football, Wrestling)

2014 KeAndre’ Johnson (Football, Wrestling)

2015 Sahith Theegala (Golf)

2016 Connor Donohue (Football, Soccer, Track)

2017 Diego Hammond (Water Polo)

2018 Ambrose So (Badminton)

2019 Jeremiah Ogechukwuka Chukwudobe (Football, Track)

2020 Ethan Thomas (Golf)


Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Marissa Vasquez

A quiet leader that led the team by example and a true team player who made everyone around her better. 4 years Varsity Starter, 3 years Varsity Captain, 3 years All-League, 2 years League MVP, 2 years All-CIF, 2 years All-Area Team, and 3 years Team MVP Honors.

Your academic and athletic accomplishments have been outstanding throughout your four years as a “Brahma.”

Your attitude, effort, and abilities have contributed greatly to the “tradition of excellence” that the Brahmas have established. As you can see, you are now one of only thirty-six student-athletes ever chosen for this award in the history of the school. Future Brahmas will consider your accomplishments as goals for themselves and will look to you as a role model for many seasons yet to come.

It is my hope that you let the great things you have accomplished here at Diamond Bar be just a starting point for achievement of future goals. It will not always be easy, there will be periods of frustration on the road to success, but I have every confidence that you are a winner! The many things you have learned through athletics will help you to reach your life goals.

Our entire Brahma Family wishes you the best for the future.

Past recipients: 

1984 Lisa Herrera (Tennis, Softball)

1985 No selection

1986 Kim Bales (Volleyball, Basketball, Track)

1987 Mary Wyse (Tennis)

1988 Edith Fung (Badminton)

1989 Mindy Bloominstein (Tennis, Soccer, Softball)

1990 Cheri Wyler (Volleyball, Track)

1991 Kiersten Smith (Tennis)

1992 Amy Fu (Tennis, Basketball, Badminton)

1993 Ruchi Garg (Badminton)

1994 Brenna Cox (Soccer)

1995 Tracy Gross (Track)

1996 Yvonne Chou (Tennis)

1997 Laura Brunelle (Volleyball, Soccer, Softball)

1998 Alicia King (Tennis, Badminton)

1999 Aimee Lee (Volleyball, Tennis)

2000 Shaily Kapur (Tennis)

2001 Tiffany Lau (Tennis, Badminton)

2002 Gin Chuang (Tennis, Basketball, Track)

2003 Elizabeth Ko (Tennis)

2004 Valerie Prise (Wrestling)

2005 Ashley Bell (Swim, Cross Country)

2006 Alexandra Lyons-Smith (Volleyball, Basketball)

2007 Connie Kuei (Athletic Training, Basketball)

2008 Emily Kuper (Softball)

2009 Karleigh Nakata (Basketball)

2010 Morgan Bender (Volleyball)

2011 Maggie Yang (Golf)

2012 Julie Walters (Softball)

2013 Udodiri Okwandu (Track)

2014 Brooke Miller (Golf)

2015 Molly McCabe (Basketball, Golf)

2016 Josephine Chang (Golf)

2017 Kathleen Gani (Swimming)

2018 Amy Xia (Tennis)

2019 Megan Young (Tennis)

2020 Marissa Vasquez (Soccer, Track)


Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Akilan Arunachalam

Resilient and caring towards helping his teammates, he led by example and set standards for others to follow. 3.84 GPA, Varsity Captain, League MVP honors, League Champion, CIF-Individuals 2nd round, Ojai Invitations.

Your academic and athletic accomplishments have been outstanding throughout your four years as a “Brahma.”

Your attitude, effort, and abilities have contributed greatly to the “tradition of excellence” that the Brahmas have established. As you can see, you are now one of only thirty-six student-athletes ever chosen for this award in the history of the school. Future Brahmas will consider your accomplishments as goals for themselves and will look to you as a role model for many seasons yet to come.

It is my hope that you let the great things you have accomplished here at Diamond Bar be just a starting point for achievement of future goals. It will not always be easy, there will be periods of frustration on the road to success, but I have every confidence that you are a winner! The many things you have learned through athletics will help you to reach your life goals.

Our entire Brahma Family wishes you the best for the future.

Past recipients:

1984 Ed Bunner (Football, Baseball)

1985 Bill Beeman (Basketball, Baseball)

1986 Larry Vladic (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

1987 Harvey Payne (Tennis)

1988 Ahmed Meguid (Tennis, Soccer)

1989 Larson Hahn (Wrestling, Track)

1990 Ben McBratney (Football, Track)

1991 Randy Studt (Football, Basketball)

1992 Karl Thompson (Baseball)

1993 Doug Blake (Wrestling)

1994 Matt Nelke (Football, Wrestling)

1995 Mark Yeh (Tennis)

1996 Craig Sandifer (Football, Baseball)

1997 Travis Bryant (Football, Wrestling)

1998 Wes Greenwood (Football, Wrestling, Track)

1999 Pat Elfelt (Football, Basketball, Track)

2000 Jason Wright (Football, Track)

2001 Ted John (Cross Country, Wrestling, Track)

2002 Darren Spicer (Soccer)

2003 R. Key (Soccer, Golf)

2004 Nathan Lyons-Smith (Basketball, Track)

2005 Jeff Jeng (Tennis)

2006 David Zeng (Badminton)

2007 Gary Brown (Baseball)

2008 Michael Herrman (Football, Soccer)

2009 Aaron Bales (Football, Basketball)

2010 Austin Chen (Tennis)

2011 Joseph Olivier (Football, Wrestling, Track)

2012 George Katrib (Football, Baseball)

2013 Zeph Walters (Baseball)

2014 Minsong Hsu (Tennis)

2015 Jordan Wong (Soccer)

2016 Garrett Masuda (Tennis)

2017 Don Je Lee (Wrestling)

2018 Rajuvir Dua (Soccer)

2019 Victor Chai (Tennis)

2020 Akilan Arunachalam (Tennis)