The Kern High School District held its third annual Promoting Excellence in Athletics and Activities in Kern, or PEAAK, Awards on Wednesday night in Harvey Auditorium at Bakersfield High. For the third straight year, the event was a hit — highlighted for me by a fantastic rendition of "When I Was Your Man" by Stockdale freshman Mary Tun, who played the piano and sang American Idol-quality stuff — and gave recognition to worthy students who excelled in various athletics and activities like music, drama and academic clubs.
As for the awards, Frontier senior Katie Cornford took home the big prize, the Mayor's Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding student-athlete in the city (the Tyack Awards, which will be presented Monday, are similar but given to one male and one female, have a greater emphasis on athletics and encompass all of Kern County). Cornford is Frontier's senior-class president and valedictorian and was an all-league volleyball setter and soccer defender. And, yes, if the name sounds familiar, she's the daughter of Frontier football coach Rich Cornford.
Also taking home notable hardware were Ridgeview's Kamari Cotton-Moya and Independence's Preston Hodges, who shared the Best Male Athlete Award; Ridgeview's Erica McCall, the Best Female Athlete; Andrew Daughtery, the Best Male Student-Athlete; and Cornford and South's Samantha Carbajal, who shared Best Female Student-Athlete.
Here's a complete list of winners:
· • KHSD Superintendent’s Ambassador Award - AVID Program, East High