Hailey Casarotti, center, with her parents, James and Patty Casarotti.
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San Lorenzo eighth grader wins
Marty Mart volleyball scholarship
The 2015 Marty Mart Girls' Volleyball Scholarship has been awarded to Hailey Casarotti, an 8th grade CYO volleyball player and a student from St. John the Baptist School, San Lorenzo.
The award was presented by Vicki Mart-Larsen, daughter of Marty Mart, at the special Mass for the recent Jim Negri Girls' CYO Volleyball tournament.
Hailey has played CYO Volleyball at St. John's for four years and has participated in the past in Girls' CYO basketball and cheerleading. She has been active on student council at St. John's, has been a member of the church choir and is in altar-server training. Hailey has served the local community through her involvement in the "Relay for Life."
In her scholarship essay, Hailey wrote: "Being part of a CYO team shows you that you put others before yourself sometimes. You can't make it to the top on your own, so I do rely on my teammates the same way they rely on me. … The experience that I have been lucky to have with CYO has strengthened the faith I have in myself, and my faith in God and His plan for my future."
Hailey's volleyball coach, Robert Arriola, said, "Hailey is such a positive and spirited member of our practices and games. She has always shown great respect and sportsmanship with her interactions with teammates and opposing teams. … Off the court, Hailey demonstrates these same character traits, with her faith, her education as well as her community."
The CYO Office awards the Marty Mart Scholarship twice annually and has honored outstanding CYO players for the past 12 years. This award was for Girls' CYO Volleyball with an additional award to be given in the spring, open to eighth grade CYO players in all other CYO sports in the diocese.
The award is given based on the candidates' expression of Christian values experienced in sports and the ability to work with teammates and with other teams in exhibiting those Christian values. Athletic talent is not considered. Candidates submit an application asking for their reflections on their "athletic abilities, sportsmanship, and the effects of their CYO participation on the daily life and their faith." They are also asked to provide a reference from an adult who is significant in their lives.
The scholarship is named in honor of the late Marty Mart, former assistant diocesan CYO Director, who passed away in 2002. The scholarship is funded entirely through private donations.
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