Seniors Tara Lentell and Grant Harkins have been named 2021 KMBC HyVee Scholar Athletes.
Lentell and Harkins are two of only 10 metro area students to earn the honor.
About Tara Lentell Lentell is a Barstow "lifer" who has anchored the varsity volleyball squad as a player and a team captain. She is also editor of the Weathercock, Student Council Remote Learning Liaison and a member of both the French and National Honor Societies. She also has accumulated hundreds of service hours, earning the President's Volunteer Service Award — Gold.
Volleyball Coach Chloe Foster said Tara has been an important player and leader on and off the court during the last four years. "I'm so proud of all of the hard work she has put in and she's very deserving of this award," Foster said.
"Tara has earned the respect of both the faculty and her classmates for her warmth and outstanding dedication in our classrooms, on our courts and in the community," Director of College Counseling Scott Hill said.
About Grant Harkins Harkins is also a Barstow "lifer," and a standout in the classroom, in the community and on the soccer field. He is a member of the Chinese and National Honor Societies. He earned three consecutive letters in varsity soccer, served as a captain during the team's 2019-2020 district championship season and was voted All State First Team when the Knights won the 2018 Class 1 State Championship. Harkins is also an Honor Council representative. Like Lentell, he has also earned a President's Volunteer Service Award — Gold.
"Grant has accomplished almost everything a high school player could want to accomplish. Amazingly, this was all done in only three years as COVID knocked out his senior season," Varsity Soccer Head Coach Scott Huppe said. "But this award is a career award. It shows that he not only dominated on the field, but in the classroom for all four years as well. He was a leader on and off the field and has a work ethic like no other. I'm very proud to have been his coach."
Both students will be featured on KMBC 9 News this spring and each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college they choose to attend.