By Matt Miller
Yvette Arca finally got the feeling of what it’s like to be a part of an athletic team at Vanden High School.
The Vikings senior spent her career swimming for a school that doesn’t have a team or a pool. On Wednesday night, she was on the stage in the Little Theater as one of seven Vanden student-athletes being honored for earning scholarships to colleges and universities.
“I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore,” said Arca, who is headed to UC Santa Cruz.
Five girls and two boys were honored by Vanden athletic director Kevin Ratterman, their head coaches, family and friends for earning a full or partial scholarship. Arca joined volleyball standout Meghan Herout (William Jessup), girls basketball stars Kayla Blair (Pepperdine) and Toni Taylor (Midland College, Texas), soccer standout Josey Breeden (New Haven), along with football standout Tony Terry III (Whittier) and boys basketball stalwart Jansen Smith (California State University, Maritime).