Knox, Meylor, English named Lacky Scholarship winners

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Three local student-athletes are among the 50 in the Sac-Joaquin Section that will be awarded A. Dale Lacky Scholarships at the section’s awards ceremony later this month in Stockton. Placer High’s Alec Knox, Forest Lake Christian’s Emily English and Bear River’s Jennifer Meylor each earned $600 scholarships. The awards recognize outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. The scholarship money comes from the Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation games in volleyball and basketball, with 50 percent of the gate going directly to the foundation for the scholarships. More than $24,000 was generated through the foundation games in 2011. Knox was a captain for Placer’s section runner-up soccer team, helping the Hillmen to the most successful season in school history. He was also a starting forward on the Placer basketball team, which posted a winning record and made the section playoffs. An honors student in his three years at Placer, Knox participated in Christians on Campus and works for the Nakate Project, a social enterprise that benefits women from Uganda. Knox is headed to Sierra College next year and plans to study business marketing. English was a volleyball standout at Forest Lake and is currently a captain for the Falcons’ league-leading soccer team. She also played two years of basketball at Forest Lake. English has a 4.08 GPA to top the senior class. She’s a member of student leadership and won a United States position in the Project Aliante international competition, which helps raise awareness of the North Atlantic Alliance. English volunteers in local retirement communities and has organized an annual Good Friday event for the community the last three years. Meylor starred on the basketball court, and in the classroom for Bear River. Her 4.4 GPA is the second-highest in the senior class and Meylor is headed to Stanford, where she will study biology or neuroscience. A two-time all-Pioneer Valley League basketball player, Meylor is also the student body vice-president, a CSF member and the president and founder of the Bear River High Native American Club. She is an intern for the Sierra Native Alliance, a counselor at youth science camp and she gives piano lessons. The A. Dale Lacky Scholarship recipients will be honored on April 17 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. Sacramento State athletic director Terry Wanless is the keynote speaker for the event.