Mount Shasta High School senior Kacey Cain was awarded a Northern Section CIF Gregg LeMaster Scholar Athlete award last Wednesday in Chico.

She and Justin Vigil of Fall River received the awards for the section’s American Conference, which is the middle of three conferences based on enrollment size.

Kacey went through quite a process for the award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship.

She was nominated by the school, approved by the Shasta Cascade League, and selected by the section.

Applicants wrote an essay on the topic, “Pursuing victory with honor.” Kacey said she wrote about how this year’s basketball team had a successful postseason after a disappointing loss in the Northern Section championship game.

The Bears lost the section championship game to Durham, the team they defeated for the championship the year before, but went on to reach the Northern California semifinal round as the No. 14 seed by winning games on the road against the No. 3 and No. 6 teams.

Summarizing her essay, Kacey said, “We didn’t give up and honored ourselves, our team, our school and our community. We kept going despite a big loss.”

Kacey has gone well beyond the minimum LeMaster qualifications of a 3.5 cumulative GPA, participation in a varsity sport for at least two years, at least one all-league selection, and having a record of good citizenship.

She has a 3.85 GPA and has earned 10 all-league awards – four in softball, three in basketball, and three in volleyball, including volleyball league MVP her senior year.

“I’m really honored,” she said. “Sports and academics have been a huge part of my life, so it felt really good to be recognized for both.”

After graduating from high school, Kacey plans to continue as a student athlete at College of the Siskiyous, where she will play both volleyball and basketball.