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by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders, Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers are excited to announce the 2006 Bay Area All-Star Scholarship Team (BAASST) scholarship recipients. These six students from Bay Area high schools represent continued dedication to education, sports and youth in their respective communities.

2006 BAASST Scholarship Recipients

Christina Fukumoto, Homestead High School
San Jose Sharks

Sara Heaps, Encinal High School
Golden State Warriors

Cory Winther, Novato High School
Oakland Raiders

Chad Morris, Antioch High School
Oakland A’s

Dawit Melak, International Studies Academy
San Francisco Giants

Michael Wu, Aragon High School
San Francisco 49ers

Established in 1996, the BAASST honors college-bound seniors who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0, demonstrated a good work ethic and displayed leadership qualities in the classroom and/or on the athletic field. Public high schools within the Bay Area’s nine counties were provided with detailed information about this scholarship opportunity and were encouraged to nominate worthy students for this honor.

Each participating Bay Area sports team does its part in contributing to the BAASST and this year was no exception. The six Bay Area sports franchises received more than 100 total nominations from high schools throughout the Bay Area.

The San Jose Sharks received more than 35 impressive nominations from Santa Clara County high schools and chose Christina Fukumoto, a senior at Homestead High School, as their 2006 BAASST scholarship recipient. Fukumoto is just one example of students throughout Northern California who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

While attending Homestead, Fukumoto has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while taking AP and Honors classes. In addition to her rigorous studies, Fukumoto still finds time to participate in sports, partaking in four sports at the varsity level (volleyball, basketball, softball and track) while at Homestead.

Today, Fukumoto passes her knowledge of sports and education on to students through tutoring and coaching. Over the past few years, Fukumoto has donated her time to her schools’ peer tutorial program and also takes part in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program as a tutor. When she isn’t helping students succeed in the classroom, Fukumoto can be found at a local middle school coaching girls basketball and refereeing through her city’s youth recreational basketball league. She has been an inspiration for many of the people she has come in contact with and will continue to do so as she continues her education at a University of California school studying Environmental Science.

In addition to a $3,000 scholarship provided by each team to their respective recipient, the six students will also be recognized at team ceremonies throughout the year.

Once again, the Sharks are happy to partner with the Warriors, Raiders, A’s, Giants and 49ers to celebrate youth education and their exceptional achievements.

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