Ursuline senior Michelle Stone, one of the state's top pole vaulters, has been named the CIF/Farmers Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Stone is one of the two athletes from the Empire to receive the honor since it was first awarded in 1982. Distance-running legend Sara Bei of Montgomery was named the state's female scholar-athlete in 2001.
Stone, who has a 4.42 GPA and is her class valedictorian, will be awarded $5,000 and honored at the State Capitol and on the Senate and Assembly Floors in Sacramento on June 10. Stone will be recognized along with Palma's Bruce Taylor, the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The CIF received nominations from the 1,494 schools that make up its membership.
"I was utterly shocked," Stone said. "I had no idea and I had no expectations."
Stone, who will attend UC Davis and major in biology, is the defending North Coast Section champion in the pole vault and the Empire record holder with a mark of 12 feet. She finished seventh in the state last year.
Off the track, Stone is a National Merit finalist, a summer school teacher's aide, tutoring math and reading, and has served as a spokesperson for the California Transplant Donor Network, which establishes organ donation awareness for teenagers.
She has volunteered at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and served as a docent at Bouverie Preserve.
"I don't have a whole lot of free time," Stone said.
As a Coca-Cola Scholars Program National Finalist, she was awarded $10,000 from that foundation for her academics and community service. She has received a $5,000 scholarship from the Good Tidings Foundation in recognition of her work in the community and she was also a 2009 Wendy's High School Heisman Scholar/Athlete Award State Finalist.