GLENDALE — Some of the best high school and junior college student-athletes, teams and coaches in the area were honored on Tuesday night, but with a distinct twist.
The inaugural ACE Awards, held at the Alex Theater and sponsored by the Glendale Character and Ethics Project, not only celebrated some of the most successful from Glendale Community College and Glendale, Hoover and Crescenta Valley high schools, they highlighted those who best exemplified the project's core ideals of sportsmanship, responsibility, integrity and strong moral character.
"It means a lot to me," said Crescenta Valley High senior girls' soccer player Frances Boukidis, who received the award for Female Athlete with Character and Ethics of the Year. "I'm thankful for being recognized for having character and ethics and it's just as important as the tactics of the game or having the technical ability."
The award for Male Athlete with Character and Ethics of the Year was presented to Glendale senior boys' water polo player Gor Asryan.