Eureka High’s Paige Lyons. (Times-Standard file)
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Eureka High’s Paige Lyons was one of three high school athletes to be named a 2018 West Coast Jamboree Scholarship Program winner.

Lyons, a 2019 graduate who played volleyball and was named the Eureka girls basketball team MVP her senior season a year ago, was one of 24 finalists selected from more than 50 applicants who met the award’s criteria — a GPA of 3.0 or higher (Lyons was co-salutatorian of her class), documented community service, letters of recommendation from coaches and administrators and an essay about playing in the jamboree.

In a press release from West Coast Jamboree Lyons said, “Playing in the Jamboree was very exciting because there was so much talent in one place. I loved being able to play teams that came from different areas of the West Coast and had a variety of skills and players. Playing in the tournament was eye-widening as I feel that I was able to experience what it is like playing against more competitive girls and having to push harder and bring more effort to the table when playing against teams that play all year around. I am extremely grateful to win the West Coast Jamboree Scholarship because I believe that it really honors the challenge of being a student athlete. Basketball was not the sport that necessarily came easy for me as I had to continuously work hard to keep up my skill. Being the co-salutatorian on top of that took a lot of dedication and energy.”

Lyons will receive a $2,500 scholarship for her future college expenses from West Coast Jamboree. Lyons is joined by Alyssa Andrews of Vintage-Napa and Klara Astrom of Pinewood-Los Altos Hills as 2018 award winners.

In three years the program has awarded $22,500 in scholarships.

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