by GEORGINA MADOK | special to 92131 Magazine

College-Bound Student Athletes

While many seniors are eagerly awaiting the spring to hear of their acceptance to their chosen colleges, a few have already heard back. Amongst these few are both academics and athletes. These athletes, like other students, work hard to give their all to school while also working hard to give their all on the field, court, or track.

Erin Burgess is heading to the East Coast in the fall to play field hockey for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. “I’m excited to continue playing field hockey. I love the sport and look forward to making new friends and playing on a higher, more competitive level,” Burgess commented. In addition to her field time, Burgess plans on completing a biology major, along with the pre-physical assistant (PA) requirements, but will miss all of her teammates and the memories left on the Scripps Ranch High field.

Ethan Babcock-Barrie will be heading north to Montana State University Billings to play baseball in the fall. “I’m excited to have the college experience and travel around the country to play the best sport with a great group of guys,” he stated. Babcock-Barrie also plans on completing a business degree. He will miss all of his friends and teammates, but his favorite part was winning the league championship last year.

Kathleen Keomahavong is stepping over to Reno, NV, to attend University of Nevada, Reno to play golf in the fall. “I want to be a more consistent player and to be able to travel during my first year on the team,” Keomahavong said. “I look forward to competing and playing on different, beautiful golf courses,” she added. Keomahavong plans on pursuing a degree in the chemistry field.

These three students exemplify the excellence of the class of 2020, whether that be in the classroom or on the field. I look forward to seeing where my fellow classmates and I end up in the fall, and where our roads will take us: the classroom, field, or world.


Georgina Madok is a senior at Scripps Ranch High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92131 Magazine.