Samar Singh and Bianca De Los Reyes were named Ceres High’s Western Athletic Conference Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively, for 2020-21.
“I am very honored and thankful to receive the award,” De Los Reyes said. “I feel like sports are always something that I loved so to be recognized for being a scholar-athlete is really cool. I’m grateful for it.”
“It’s exciting,” Singh stated. “I worked hard all through high school for the award. I deserved it.”
Singh earned seven varsity letters during his high school career, including three in both boys basketball and track and field, and one in football.
“At one point this year, I was doing all three sports at once,” he said. “It was exhausting. But I learned how to manage my time.”
Singh was an all-league performer in all three sports senior year.
“I played every minute like it was my last,” he said. “I didn’t want to have any regrets.”
A standout center in basketball, Singh averaged 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the second-place Bulldogs (5-3).
He scored a career-high 32 points in a 58-53 loss to WAC South champion Los Banos.
A newcomer in football, Singh suffered rotator-cuff injuries to both shoulders while contributing at tight end. The Bulldogs (2-2) posted their first non-losing season in 16 years.
“I played through it,” said Singh, who caught 13 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. “It was my senior year. I didn’t want to miss anything. Football became my favorite sport. I fell in love with the game. I liked the intensity of it.”
Singh finished second in the discus (117-6) and third in the 300 hurdles (43.32) at the WAC Track & Field Championships.
He set a personal record in the 300 hurdles.
De Los Reyes earned four varsity letters in track and field.
She was team captain the past two seasons.
She was an all-conference performer in the triple jump senior year.
She finished second in the event (31-9) at the WAC Championships.
De Los Reyes was co-valedictorian for Ceres High’s 2021 graduating class.
She was also class president.
De Los Reyes had a cumulative grade-point average of 4.6
She took nine Advanced Placement classes.
“The most challenging part of being a student-athlete was trying to time-manage both sports and AP classes,” said De Los Reyes, who also played volleyball at the lower-level her sophomore and freshman years. “Both are time-consuming and require dedication so each year I had to find a balance between both and dedicate a large portion of my time to both.”
Singh had a cumulative GPA of 4.3 at Ceres High.
He took five AP classes.
“I’ve always taken academics serious,” Singh said. “At an early age, my parents stressed the importance of education. It all comes down to time management. If it takes staying up late to complete a project or do homework, so be it. I had the mindset that I was never done.”
De Los Reyes and Singh will attend Stanford University and UC Berkeley, respectively, this fall.
They beat the odds as both colleges have low acceptance rates.
De Los Reyes will major in biology.
Singh is considering majoring in business.
“Stanford has always been my dream school and I’m so excited to attend and discover all the possible opportunities that await me,” De Los Reyes said.
“In elementary school, I’d do presentations on Berkeley,” Singh said. “After visiting it, I loved it even more. I’m going to keep setting goals for myself so I can succeed in life.”