On Tuesday morning in front of the Garces Memorial High School campus, Alexsia Drulias joined a short list of standout scholar-athletes in Kern County history.
Drulias, a recent graduate of Garces, was presented with the 2019-20 Mayor’s Trophy by Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh during a socially-distanced ceremony.
Drulias becomes the ninth Garces student to win the Mayor’s Trophy in the 45th year of existence.
“It’s just the icing on the cake and wraps up my senior year the best way possible,” Drulias said. “I was not expecting it because of all the other amazing seniors from all the other schools all over. When I got the nomination from Ms. Peck … I was extremely excited from that itself, let alone actually winning the trophy. I am thrilled.”
This accolade is a final installment of a standout high school career for Drulias, who will attend UCLA this fall.
“What a wonderful student-athlete,” Mayor Goh said.
She is a three-time Central Section doubles champion in girls tennis and was named the BVarsity All-Area Girls Tennis Player of the Year three times.
Drulias was also honored as a Tyack Award winner in May, becoming just the 15th student-athlete in county history to win the Tyack and Mayor’s Trophy in the same year and just the second Garces student to win both awards. Katie Haller also won both awards during her senior year for the Rams in 1989.
The previous Mayor’s Trophy winners for Garces are: Vince Sakowski (1979), Mary Kay Haller (82), Katie Haller (1989), Matt Antongiovanni (97), David Robles (2001), Richard Helvie (2005), Stephen Hale (2007) and Molly Soper three years ago in 2018.
The trophy also remains close to home for the Drulias’. Next door neighbor Payton Renz, a Liberty graduate, won the award in 2019.