Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Alani Masinas, Clayton Valley Charter High

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Alani Masinas, Clayton Valley Charter High
Alani Masinas (#7) with the Clayton Valley team. (Photo courtesy CVCHS)

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Alani Masinas, Clayton Valley Charter HighName: Alani Masinas
School: Clayton Valley Charter High School
Grade: Senior
Sport: Volleyball

CONCORD, CA (Nov. 16, 2022) — Senior volleyball defensive specialist Masinas has shown time and time again that effort leads to success. Masinas participated on the JV volleyball team as a freshman and sophomore, then moved up to varsity the past two years. As a freshman she also participated on the CVCHS frosh soccer team and a Mt. Diablo Soccer club team.

While on JVs her hard work paid off with Masinas receiving a Scholar Athlete Award those two seasons for maintaining a 4.0 GPA while playing volleyball.

Masinas notes that her favorite part about being an athlete and representing CVCHS is competing. She loves how the school stays competitive in all sports. She also cherishes the support from fellow students at Clayton Valley.

Experience matters

Masinas’ success in high school volleyball can be attributed to her experiences in different sports as a child. She participated in soccer, gymnastics and volleyball. These sports shaped her athletic career by maintaining her fitness and by teaching her how to be part of a team.

Masinas is equally involved in the classroom and in her extracurricular activities. She maintains an overall 3.8 GPA and participates in the Senior Women Club and the Asian American Pacific Islander Club at school. In college, Masinas plans to major in business administration with an emphasis in fashion. She hopes to achieve a career in fashion merchandising.

Masinas says that the support of her family, friends, coaches and teachers have molded her into the student-athlete and overall person she is today.

CVCHS student journalist Katherine Pugh wrote this Spotlight.

The Pioneer congratulates Alani and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for over three decades at Family Vision Care Optometry.

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Katherine Pugh
Katherine Pugh
Student Writer

Katherine Pugh is a junior at Clayton Valley Charter High School. She enjoys running on the CVCHS cross country team in the fall in addition to the track and field team in the spring. Pugh also swims recreationally for Oakhurst Country Club in the summer. She is a part of the CVCHS Engineering & Design academy and finished her sophomore year with a 4.33 GPA. She’s also excited to be a representative for CVCHS’s ASB leadership group during her junior year. In addition, Pugh works as a hostess at Ed’s Mudville Grill in Clayton. She is very excited to be writing the Student Athlete Spotlight for the Concord Clayton Pioneer.