Name: Gregory Bryant
School: Clayton Valley Charter High School
CONCORD, CA (June 16, 2022) — Senior volleyball player Bryant is equally known for his athletic and academic accomplishments, as well as for his humble determination to succeed. As a freshman, Bryant attended De La Salle High, where he was a starter on the junior varsity volleyball team. He then transferred from DLS to Clayton Valley Charter as a sophomore and was on the CVCHS JVs even though he was given the opportunity to play on varsity.
Due to high school rules he decided to stick to junior varsity in order to avoid the transfer policy, which wouldn’t allow him to play for half of the season if he was on varsity. Bryant notes how glad he is that he chose to stay back on the junior varsity team due to his junior season being cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this just completed senior year he earned second-team all-Diablo Athletic League honors for the Ugly Eagles. He believes that his skills in the sport were heightened by his experiences playing club volleyball for Bay Area Volleyball Club as a starter for two years. Bryant received player of the match award in multiple club games and was awarded best offensive player of the season.
Growing up, Bryant was very involved in sports, playing basketball, football, soccer, volleyball and baseball. He joined several travel teams for both baseball and basketball. Bryant believes that his experience playing multiple sports allowed him to become a better athlete because he was able to apply techniques he learned in different sports to his main sport of volleyball. He chose volleyball because of the adrenaline rush and excitement he got in games.
His favorite part of being an athlete is reaching for the goals he sets for himself, looking for new ways to improve in his sport, and never settling for less than his best. Bryant’s hard work on the volleyball court is also reflected in the classroom. He achieved a 3.6 GPA this past school year and plans to attend Los Medanos College in the fall to study fire science to further his career plans of becoming a firefighter.
He thanks all of the coaches and friends that stuck with him throughout his life for helping him stay positive and continue working hard no matter the circumstances.
CVCHS student journalist Katherine Pugh wrote this Spotlight.
The Pioneer congratulates Gregory 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 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.