Introducing the 12 boy and girl finalists for Record Searchlight Scholar-Athlete

Ethan Hanson
Redding Record Searchlight
Here are the 2022 Record Searchlight Scholar-Athlete finalists from left to right. The girls finalists are Madalynn Bassett of West Valley, Gabriela Tapia of Weed, Abby Shoff of Enterprise, Raymi Rogers of Central Valley, Becca Gaido of U-Prep and Caitlyn Singler of Red Bluff. The boys finalists are Devin Armstrong of Anderson, Carson Piper of Redding Christian, Brennan Ramirez of Enterprise, Ryan Osborne of Fall River, Zack Wilkes of Shasta and Royce Vaught of Red Bluff.

Corrections & Clarifications: This story was updated on Thursday, May 12 to correct the scholarship amounts that each winner and finalist will receive.

For 40 years the Record Searchlight and its partners have recognized the top high school student-athletes in the North State who succeeded on the field, in the classroom and provided leadership to the towns where they live.

This year marks the return of the Scholar-Athlete scholarship awards after it was vacated in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Record Searchlight, the Seamans Family Foundation and the Rotary Club of Redding have selected six male and six female student-athletes from Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties who performed exceptionally with their teams and communities during their four years of high school. The candidates represent eight schools from the North State. 

One boy and girl will be named Record Searchlight Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Thursday. The Scholar-Athlete winners will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Finalists will receive a $500 scholarship.

Read below who the 2022 male and female Scholar-Athlete finalists are what they accomplished academically and on the field. 

Boy Scholar-Athlete finalists

Devin Armstrong (Anderson)

Anderson junior Devin Armstrong laughs at a joke during a water break at Bob Reid Stadium on March 2, 2021.

Profile: Armstrong is a two-sport athlete who played football and basketball for the Cubs. He was named Anderson's Most Valuable Player for football after the Cubs went 6-4. As a basketball player, he averaged 11.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game during his senior year. Armstrong carries an unweighted 3.66 grade point average. He is planning to attend Shasta College and transfer to Sacramento State University to study construction management.

Community service:

  • Was a youth counselor at Lassen Pines Camp in Shingletown.
  • Volunteered at various animal shelters in the North State during the Carr Fire.
  • Helped build bleacher stairs at his school's gym to make access easier for the elderly and physically disabled.

Student leadership:

  • Was a member of the National Junior Honors Society.
  • Was a Sober Graduate student member.
  • Organized pep rallies and dances through Anderson High School's student government.

Brennan Ramirez (Enterprise)

Enterprise senior Brennan Ramirez (center) and Foothill sophomore Asa Arnold (back) battle for a rebound during the second quarter in Palo Cedro on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022.

Profile: Ramirez is one of the CIF Northern Section's top shooters this season. He averaged 16.1 points per game and led the CIF Northern Section in made 3-pointers. Ramirez's leadership helped guide Enterprise to the CIF Northern Section Division III title game. Besides his scoring, Ramirez will be remembered for blocking a shot against Mountain View that sent Enterprise to its first CIF State semifinal game since 2009.  He was named to the CIF All-Northern Section second team. He carries an unweighted 3.93 GPA. Ramirez plans to attend either Boise State University or Azusa Pacific University and study mechanical engineering.

Community service:

  • Participated in the city of Redding community cleanup.
  • Member of the Shasta County Campaign Outreach.
  • Coached youth basketball at Turtle Bay School.
  • Served on the Enterprise High School Restorative Justice panel.
  • Participated in the Carr Fire Relief and Cleanup.

Student leadership:

  • Managed Enterprise's sports social media accounts.
  • President of his school's Adventure and Service Club.
  • Was voted commissioner of his school's sound and promotions.
  • Was voted commissioner of his school's rallies.

Ryan Osborne (Fall River)

Fall River senior Ryan Osborne runs down field during the CIF Northern Regional Division 7-AA title game against Le Grand at Fall River High School on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

Profile: Osborne brought a spotlight to Shasta County by leading Fall River to the CIF State Division 7-AA Bowl title against Morro Bay. The win was the first time a Shasta County team won a state football championship. Osborne led the Bears with 1,638 passing yards for 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,617 yards and 29 touchdowns. On defense, he made 122 tackles, five sacks and was named the CIF All-Northern Section Most Valuable Player. He has an academic and athletic scholarship to play football at Harvard University. Osborne this year became the third CIF Northern Section athlete to win the coveted CIF Scholar-Athlete award. Besides football, Osborne is a member of his school's track and field, basketball and baseball teams. He was named to the CIF All-Northern Section third team in basketball after averaging 16 points per game. Osborne plans to study pre-medicine with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. He carries an unweighted 4.0 GPA. 

Community service:

  • Started the Peer Mentoring Senior Project to help fellow students who dealt with depression related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Served as a basketball referee at Fall River Elementary School.

  • Worked at the Fall River Community Food Pantry.

  • Volunteered for the Greenville Fire Relief Clothes Drive.

Student leadership: 

  • Participated in FFA all four years of high school.

  • Named 2022 Fall River FFA president.

  • Voted vice-president of student council twice.

Carson Piper (Redding Christian)

Redding Christian quarterback Carson Piper breaks loose with the ball against Burney on Friday night, Nov. 12, 2021, in Palo Cedro. Redding Christian won 62-38 to advance in the 8-man football playoffs.

Profile: Piper is a three-sport athlete who has excelled on the Lions football, basketball and baseball teams. This season he led Redding Christian to the CIF Northern Section 8-man championship. He passed for 1,110 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 1,702 yards and 21 touchdowns. On defense, Piper led the Lions with 112 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions. As a baseball player, Piper is batting .273 with two triples, two doubles and 12 RBIs. Piper carries a weighted 4.01 GPA. He plans to attend either Chico State University or Biola University and study civil engineering. 

Community service:

  • Worked as the Redding Christian school janitor the last two years.

Student leadership:

  • Served as his school's athletic commissioner during his junior and senior years. 

  • Served on student council.

Zach Wilkes (Shasta)

Shasta's Zach Wilkes makes a catch in the district cup game against Foothill on Friday, April 9, 2021. In the game, Wilkes scored after returning an interception for 99 yards in a 42-14 trouncing of Foothill on the road.

Profile: Wilkes is a two-sport athlete at Shasta High School, competing in football and track. Wilkes has signed a scholarship to play football at The College of Idaho. He was named the Wolves starting quarterback during his senior year and was a starting safety during his past two seasons. Wilkes has an unweighted 3.65 GPA and plans to study business. 

Community service:

  • Volunteered for World Central Kitchen.

  • Led the Thompson Field cleanup.

  • Represented Shasta in the Athletes Don't Vape program.

  • Ran the game clock at Jr. Wolves football games.

Student leadership:

  • Was a member of the Shasta football leadership group Alpha Pack.

Royce Vaught (Red Bluff)

Red Bluff senior Royce Vaught takes infield during practice on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

Profile: Vaught is a consistent two-sport athlete who lettered in football and baseball. He is known for being one of the North State's toughest batters. Vaught is hitting .435 with seven doubles, three triples and a home run in the 2022 season. During football season, he made 99 tackles. He has an unweighted 3.96 GPA. Vaught plans to attend Utah Tech University and study kinesiology.

Community service:

  • He served as a youth basketball coach and Little League umpire in Tehama County.

Student leadership:

  • Vaught is a member of the National Honors Society.

Girl Scholar-Athlete finalists

Abby Shoff (Enterprise)

Enterprise senior Abby Shoff (center) attempts a free throw as senior Trinity Fernandez (right) stands just beyond the free-throw line during the CIF Northern Section Division III girls basketball title game against Pleasant Valley on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.

Profile: Shoff is one of the area's most recognized basketball players locally. She played on the Hornets' varsity team all four years. During her senior year, Shoff averaged 29.6 points per game, 12.2 rebounds per game and scored over 1,000 points despite the coronavirus pandemic limiting Shoff to just one game during her junior year in 2021. Shoff was California's sixth leading scorer in 2022. Also this year, she was named the CIF All-Northern Section Most Valuable Player. Shoff has signed to play basketball at Long Beach State University and carries an unweighted 4.0 GPA. Her goal is to study kinesiology.

Community service:

  • Participated in peer tutoring at Enterprise.

Student leadership:

  • Was voted sophomore and junior Associated Student Body president.

  • Was voted her school's California Scholarship Federation president.

Caitlyn Singler (Red Bluff)

Red Bluff senior Caitlyn Singler (right) is defended by Enterprise senior Tobi Dendas (left).

Profile: Singler is a three-sport athlete at Red Bluff who primarily focuses on soccer and cross country. She also ran track for three years and is also a member of the Spartans dance team. As a soccer player during her senior year, Singler scored four goals and made five assists. In the 2020 cross country season, she ran her personal record of 22 minutes and 15 seconds during a 3-mile race at Red Bluff High School. Her extracurriculars included receiving an internship for NASA. Singler holds an unweighted 4.0 GPA and plans to enter the pre-medicine program at Brigham Young University.

Community service:

  • Volunteered for the Teen Car Control Clinic.

  • Served as a volunteer for P.A.T.H., Toys for Tots and Red Bluff Animal Shelter.

Student leadership:

  • Singler is a member of the National Honor Society.

  • Participated in Red Bluff High School's Peer Court.

Gabriela Tapia (Weed)

Gabriela Tapia of Weed dribbles the ball. The Fall River girls basketball team earned a narrow 67-65 victory over Weed to capture the NorCal Division VI championship on Tuesday night, March 8, 2022.

Profile: Tapia competed as a two-sport athlete and lettered in basketball and soccer. This season she averaged 4.7 points per game. She helped the Cougars reach the CIF NorCal Division VI title game. Tapia holds an unweighted 4.0 GPA. She plans to attend University of California, Davis and study molecular and medical microbiology. Tapia was noted for her community leadership and roles in her school's student government.

Community Service:

  • Volunteered at Boys & Girls Club of Greater Shasta.

  • Volunteered at Shasta View Nursing Home.

Student Leadership: 

  • Was voted junior class president. 

  • Named Rotary Club Student of the Quarter.

Madalynn Bassett (West Valley)

West Valley senior Madalynn Bassett is seen warming up as a sophomore before the CIF Northern Regional semifinal Division V matchup against U-Prep at West Valley High School on March 7, 2020.

Profile: Bassett is a gifted three-sport athlete who played major roles in the success of her school's basketball, volleyball and softball teams. Bassett led West Valley to the CIF Northern Section Division IV championship as a sophomore. She averaged 11.5 points per game. As a senior, she led the Eagles with 19.1 points per game and was named to the CIF All-Northern Section second team. Bassett has matched her prowess on the court with success as an outside hitter in volleyball and infielder for softball. West Valley in 2021 won the CIF Northern Section Division III championship and reached the CIF NorCal Division IV state title game. In softball, Bassett is batting .400 and is second on the team with 10 doubles and 18 RBIs. Bassett has committed to playing basketball at Butte College with hopes of transferring to Boise State to study kinesiology. She carries an unweighted 3.97 GPA.

Community service:

  • Volunteered at the concessions during Cottonwood Little League.

  • Performed after-school tutoring.

  • Was a volunteer coach at West Valley's volleyball camp. 

  • Completed a ride-along with law enforcement officers in Shasta County. 

Raymi Rogers (Central Valley)

Central Valley volleyball player Raymi Rogers.

Profile: Rogers is a three-sport athlete at Central Valley who is known for uniting the school with her energy at games and matches. Rogers through her organizational skills helped unite the Falcons' student body and created one of the most fan-friendly atmospheres in the North State. She competed in softball, basketball and volleyball. But softball is her best sport. As a softball player, Rogers is batting .208, is second on Central Valley with 10 hits and is tied for the team lead with three doubles. She carries an unweighted 3.58 GPA. She plans to attend University of Wyoming and study animal and veterinary science.

Community service:

  • Created the annual Deck the Boulevard event while working for her student body.

Student leadership:

  • Was voted president of Central Valley's FFA program.

  • Was voted president of Central Valley's student body.

Becca Gaido (U-Prep)

U-Prep's Becca Gaido (8) tries to take control of the ball against Winters players during in the first half on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. 
The Panthers swept the Warriors 7-0 to claim the section title.

Profile: Gaido has excelled as a three-sport athlete and lettered in soccer, track and cross country. Gaido led a U-Prep dynasty in girls soccer that achieved three CIF Northern Section titles. During her senior year in soccer, Gaido scored 10 goals and delivered 13 assists. As a cross country runner, Gaido qualified for the state meet after placing third at the CIF Northern Section meet in the fall. On the track, Gaido holds the U-Prep school record in the 800 meters. Gaido signed a scholarship in March to play soccer at Eastern Washington University. She carries an unweighted 4.0 GPA and plans to study biochemistry in college. 

Community service: 

  • Taught conversational English skills to 15 middle school students in Dezhou, China.

  • Worked as a volunteer counselor at the Shasta Family YMCA.

  • Replanted native plants along the Sacramento River Trail after the Carr Fire.

Student leadership: 

  • Worked within U-Prep's student government during her senior year. 

Ethan Hanson started working for the Redding Record Searchlight after four years with the Los Angeles Daily News as a freelancer. His coverage includes working the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in South Bend, Indiana, and writing about the St. Louis Rams' move to Los Angeles with the Ventura County Star. He began his career as a play-by-play broadcaster for LA Pierce College from 2011-2017. Follow him on Twitter at @EthanAHanson_RS.