Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Martinez honored as Idaho’s top star

Earns IHSAA award

Kaitana Martinez, accompanied by her father Ron Martinez, walks down the track at Hailey’s Phil Homer Field during last September’s Wood River Homecoming Court royalty coronation. Photo by Willy Cook

A great school year got even better last week for Wood River High School junior scholar and athlete Kaitana Martinez.

Martinez was one of only five Idaho high school juniors named as 2011 recipients of the Interscholastic Star Student Recognition Scholarship.

The scholarships are awarded each year by the Idaho High School Activities Association and its official sponsor, the United Dairymen of Idaho.

Martinez and four others were chosen as Star recipients from a field of 82 outstanding Gem State students nominated by their high school principals.

By winning the award, Kaitana will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the school of her choice. Also, Wood River High School will receive from the United Dairymen of Idaho $1,000 for the Activities Department on behalf of Martinez.

Not only that, but the Star Scholarship selection committee voted the daughter of Ron and Angie Martinez as the overall winner.

That means Kaitana, nicknamed "KT", will be a guest speaker at the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame banquet Aug. 10 in Boise. Her picture will be printed on all 2011-12 IHSAA state tournament programs.

The other four Star winners were Johann Simpson of Boise High School, Daniel Dahle of Fruitland High School, Ruth Lewinski of McCall-Donnelly High School and Jonathon Riggers of Nezperce High School.

Nominees for the scholarships are exemplary students who participate in IHSAA-sponsored sports and activities. Each application includes an essay, recommendations from school administrators, description of athletic and activity participation, and service to school and the community.

Carey High School junior Micaela Adamson was one of five other finalists, out of 82.

Martinez participates in soccer, basketball, softball, track and band. She is president-elect of the National Honor Society chapter at Wood River. She has also started a new club at WRHS called 5B ATI, promoting healthy decision making for teens.

In athletics, she has put together one of the best school years of all Wolverine females.

Last fall, Martinez was first-team Great Basin Conference midfielder for Wood River's 14-4-1 soccer team that captured the Hailey school's seventh straight GBC tournament title. She was second-leading scorer with 16 goals and stands No. 9 on Wood River's all-time girls' scoring list with 40 goals.

In the winter, point guard Martinez led the Wood River girls' basketball team to its best-ever 21-3 season and second place in the State 4A tournament—also a school record. Her 408 single-season points (17.0 ppg) set a school standard. She now stands No. 2 on the all-time scoring list with 891.

Martinez was chosen as Great Basin Conference "Player of the Year" and made first-team All-State basketball.

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