PUSD Student-Athletes Honored at Breakfast of Champions

Emily Entwistle of Rancho Bernardo High School and Jaden Nisperos of Westview High School were named the top award recipients during the second annual Breakfast of Champions Saturday morning.

The April 20 event in Rancho Bernardo recognized two senior student-athletes, one male and one female, from Del Norte, Mt. Carmel, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and Westview high schools. The top two honorees each received a $5,000 college scholarship, while the other eight nominees each received $1,000 scholarships.

Receiving the $1,000 scholarships were Trey Coleman and Ella Echsner from Del Norte High, Jacob Nguyen and Amber Timmer from Mt. Carmel, William “Max” Bayer and Jasmine Nguyen of Poway High, Ryan Beach of Rancho Bernardo High and Katelyn Tripiano of Westview High.

The scholarship program for Poway Unified students was started by the Kiwanis Club of Los Rancheros. The honorees were selected by their respective athletic departments because they are “exceptional individuals (who) have excelled in their academic pursuits while exhibiting outstanding athletic abilities and citizenship,” wrote Kiwanians Reed Reichert and Tom Baxter in the ceremony program.

The large crowd of families, school district officials and community leaders joined the honorees in hearing from several speakers.

The keynote speaker was Brett Tomko, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who now coaches Poway High’s baseball team.

The 2024 Breakfast of Champions top award winners, Emily Entwistle and Jaden Nisperos, with keynote speaker Brett Tomko.The 2024 Breakfast of Champions honorees.  In back, Kiwanians Tom Baxter and Reed Reichert.