“It is pretty cool because these kids balance homework and athletics and put in hard work for both. This is national recognition for all the work they put in over the years.”
— Sergeant Eric Borror, a U.S. Army recruiter, on awarding Lauren Roberts and Dylon Camilletti with the Army Scholar Athlete awards Monday
Lauren Roberts was a two-time Western Slope League all-conference selection, a two-time state qualifier and held a 4.0 grade point average during her senior year at Moffat County High School.
Her four years at MCHS culminated May 28 with her co-valedictorian commencement speech during graduation, but the honors have kept rolling in.
Sergeant Eric Borror of the U.S. Army awarded Roberts and fellow graduate Dylon Camilletti with the Army Scholar Athlete award Monday at MCHS.
The award was given to one male and one female based on their academic and athletic achievements.
“It is always cool to be recognized for being a scholar athlete,” Roberts said. “Usually someone is one or the other, but we are being honored because we are both.”
Roberts lettered in volleyball three years, basketball three years and track and field all four years.
She received WSL all-conference honors in both volleyball and basketball her senior year and qualified for state in long jump and high jump during track.
In the fall, Roberts will attend the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to study pre-med and compete on the track and field team.
After sending in recruiting information, Roberts said she would receive financial aid for both academics and athletics.
“I have a lot of family in the area and (UCCS) has a good pre-med program,” she said. “Competing on the track team will be a bonus and I will have a lot of opportunities both academically and athletically.”
Camilletti lettered in basketball and baseball all four years and graduated with a 3.056 GPA.
He received WSL all-conference honors for baseball his senior year.
“It is an accomplishment to receive this award and to be looked at for grades and sports,” he said. “It is tough sometimes to keep up on both because in sports we travel and we miss school, so you really have to put in extra time for both to stay on top.”
Camilletti said he would attend WyoTech this fall in Laramie, Wyo., to study automotive technology and diesel.
“I decided my junior year what I wanted to study,” he said. “WyoTech was my best choice for job placement when I graduate.”
Borror, a U.S. Army recruiter based in Glenwood Springs, said it was satisfying to hand Roberts and Camilletti the awards.
“It is pretty cool because these kids balance homework and athletics and put in hard work for both,” he said. “This is national recognition for all the work they put in over the years.”
Fellow seniors Hodge Raftopoulos and Maddy Jourgensen will also be rewarded the Marine Scholar Athlete award for their achievements in academics and athletics.
Raftopoulos graduated with a 3.789 GPA and lettered in both football and basketball for three years.
Jourgensen was the class salutatorian with a 3.947 GPA and lettered in basketball two years and in track and cross-country four years.