FAIRFIELD — Three area athletes – Rodriguez’s Kylie Papadopoulos and Kushaal Madadi, and Rio Vista’s Ethan Medders – were among the 48 winners of the A. Dale Lackey Scholarships announced by the Sac-Joaquin Section earlier this week.
Recipients were chosen because of “outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school,” the SJS said in a release.
The award is named after former section and state CIF president A. Dale Lackey and recognizes the top male and female athletes from the SJS. Four male and four female students will receive $1,000 scholarships, the remainder – including Papadopoulos, Madadi and Medders – $500 each.
The winners were to have been honored at the annual SJS Breakfast Awards Ceremony, but it was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The scholarships were funded by more than $24,000 generated through SJS volleyball and basketball foundation games.
The following are the bios released by the SJS for each of the area’s recipients:
KYLIE PAPADOPOULOS (Rodriguez) — Kylie played volleyball for four years and basketball for two seasons. In volleyball, she was team captain three times and was named all-league her senior year. In basketball, she was the team captain twice and received offensive MVP and team MVP honors once each. She’s a member of National Honors Society, Faith, Love and Care, Leadership and jazz choir. She volunteers for the Contra Costa County Food Bank and with University of San Francisco. Kylie has a 4.21 GPA and is undecided on her college choice. She plans on majoring in psychology with the future goal of becoming an occupational therapist.
KUSHAAL MADADI (Rodriguez) – Kushaal wrestled for all four years. He won the Most Improved Award his sophomore year. he’s an AP Scholar with honor and a member of the National Honors Society. He’s a member of Link Crew, National French Honor Society, Theory Club and the Future Medical Professionals Club. He plays saxophone in the marching band. He’s worked as an intern at a local optometrist and as a doctor shadow in India. Kushaal has a 4.43 GPA, which is No. 5 in his class of 415. He’s unsure of his college choice, where he’ll major in neuroscience or bioinformatics with the future goal of working in one of those fields.
ETHAN MEDDERS (Rio Vista) – Ethan played football and baseball for all four years each. In football, he was the team captain three times, all-league three times, team MVP twice and league MVP once. He holds the school record for most all-purpose yards and touchdowns. In baseball, he was all-league three times, defensive MVP twice and offensive MVP once. He volunteers every year with the Boosters Club dinner/dance, the Veterans Hall Valentine’s Dance and Thanksgiving dinner and as a little league umpire in his community. Ethan has a 4.05 GPA, which is No. 9 in his class of 100. He’s undecided on his college choice, where he plans on majoring in medicine while continuing his baseball career. He has future plans on being a professional baseball player or a physical therapist or trainer.