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Alexsia Drulias has created a lasting legacy at Garces Memorial through hard work and determination in and out of the classroom.

Through all of that, her efforts are being recognized as one of the top female student-athletes in Kern County.

Drulias is one of five female finalists for the Jim Tyack Award, presented annually for the past 64 years by The Jockey Club and the Tyack family.

With social distancing guidelines set because of COVID-19, the ceremony will take place on Monday at 3 p.m. live on Zoom for those with access and on the Jim Tyack Award Facebook page for the general public.

“It’s extremely difficult to be able to even apply due to the criteria (for the Tyack Award), let alone be a finalist,” Drulias said. “I’m really excited and optimistic for Monday’s ceremony and know the hard work I have put in. Hopefully that will pay off for this award.”

Drulias, who was accepted to UCLA last weekend and plans to major in business economics, was a three-time BVarsity All-Area Girls Tennis Player of the Year and a three-time Central Section doubles champion.

As the captain of the girls tennis team on campus the past three years, Drulias led the Rams to the Southwest Yosemite League title this year, going 10-0 in league matches. Garces advanced to the section’s Division I finals this year.

“Alexsia is a true leader,” Garces girls tennis coach Barb Johnston Hill said. “She’s hard working, intelligent and energetic. We will miss her immensely.”

But her work in the classroom and around the community is what sets her apart.

Her cumulative GPA at Garces was 4.73 and as a Girl Scout, became a fixture in the community as a volunteer.

Drulias was a varsity captain on the cheer squad and part of the competitive dance team at Garces. She also was a four-year member of the California Scholarship Federation, as the vice president this year. She also was a Link Crew core leader and a Rambassador for future Garces students.

Off campus, Drulias was a Girl Scout for eight years, earning the gold, silver and bronze awards. She served more than 160 hours fundraising for the Friendship House Community Center while providing meal service for St. Vincent de Paul. Drulias also volunteered at the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter and raised money for Cookie for Kids Cancer Program.

Last summer, Drulias also hosted a tennis clinic for underprivileged youth at the Friendship House Community Center, while donating more than $2,000 worth of equipment to the children and center. 

The other four finalists for the Tyack Award are: Sydney Hornbuckle (Stockdale), Taylor Linzie (Bakersfield High), Ellen Palmgren (Liberty) and Aleyna Young (Centennial).

The winner will be announced during the virtual ceremony on Monday hosted by Vance Palm.

The previous Tyack Award winner for Garces was C.J. West in 2016 before she embarked on a four-year career at Cal on the women’s basketball team.

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