LANCASTER – At the Lancaster City Council meeting Tuesday, Desert Christian High School senior Scott Acton, was presented with the Mayor’s Athlete of the Month Award by Vice Mayor Ron Smith.
Acton, the Boys Cross Country team captain, helped lead his team to a second place finish at the State Cross Country meet, where Acton himself finished sixth out of a total of 182 runners.
“Student athletes like Scott are an example of hard work and enthusiasm,” said Lancaster Vice Mayor Ron Smith. “Scott deserves all the recognition he has been given; his dedication is an inspiration to his fellow students and community.”
Last season, Acton finished first at both the Bosco Invitational and the Desert Mountain League Finals. He also finished third at the Clovis Invitational, fourth at the Bell-Jeff Invitational, sixth at the Mt. SAC Invitational, and fourth at the CIF Southern Section.
Acton has surpassed the Desert Christian High School 3-mile run record by 22 seconds.
As a result of his impeccable performance as a runner, Acton has been named the Desert Mountain League Most Valuable Player for the last three years. For the past two years he has also been named both All-State and All-CIF.
In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Acton is also a first-class student, having been part of the California Scholastic Federation for six semesters, as well as part of the Honor Society Cabinet. He has also been presented with the Association of Christian Schools International Distinguished Academy Award for Academics, Athletics, and Christian Service.
Acton has maintained a balance between his academic work, sports and community service. He dedicates his spare time as a volunteer at Central Christian Church, working multiple activities such as homeless outreach, neighborhood clean-up and assisting in the nursery.
Recipients of the Athlete of the Month are selected based on academic accomplishments, community involvement, and athletic accomplishments.
As a result of his numerous accomplishments and his cumulative 4.40 Grade Point Average, Scott has been contacted by a number of prestigious universities. He plans to major in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering.
(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)