Boys Varsity Golf, Girls Varsity Cross Country · GW Athletes Pursue Victory with Honor

Seniors Madilyn Yunt and Jake Shuman were recognized by the Visalia “Downtown” Kiwanis with a Pursuing Victory with Honor Award.

Each season (Fall, Winter & Spring) Visalia “Downtown” Kiwanis in conjunction with the Tulare County Office of Education CHARACTER COUNTS recognizes high school student athletes in good academic standing and who exemplify good character, ethics and sportsmanship.

These student athletes maintain honorable athletic competition and know that victory attained in any other way is empty and unworthy. The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the six core ethical principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.

Below is description of these athletes written by their coaches:

Jake Shuman is the “Pursuing victory with honor” poster boy for Golden West Golf. Jake is not only a 4 year Varsity golf team member, he is a 2 time All-American. Jake shows the utmost respect for his teammates and his opponents. He helps the younger members of our team understand their role while making sure they are welcomed to the team. Jake is a caring and compassionate young man with a 4.0 gpa and is the CEO of our Virtual Enterprise group. That is a combination of qualities we would like all young men to have. It is my hope that Jake will be recognized as one who pursues victory with honor.
-Jeff Jennings
GWHS Golf Head Coach


Madilyn Yunt is a member of both my cross country and track team. She is also one of my captains in both cross country and track. Madilyn has developed into an individual with great leadership skills because she understands the roll of a leader. Madilyn looks to see how she can help the team both through her actions and her decisions as one of the captains. Marilyn has also distinguished herself by how much she has improved. In cross country during her junior year she moved up to our number five runner on the JV team. This year she improved to the point where she was our number five varsity runner. She demonstrated how an individual can improve with hard work. I teased her about her cross country by saying she was lucky to be at Golden West because anywhere else she would be forced to be a distance runner. Madilyn is a sprinter, not a distance runner. Our track staff at Golden West appreciates the hard work she has put in here at Golden West and we wished we could have a dozen Madilyn’s on our team.
-Larry Lung
Golden West Track & Cross Country Coach

Congratulation Madilyn & Jake… you truly represent what it means to be a TRAILBLAZER!