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Chloe Stewart is awarded Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year

Chloe Stewart (‘20) excels on the basketball court. Graphic courtesy: Chloe Stewart (’20)

If you ever hear wild cheering coming from the Les Perry Gym or the softball field, it is probably because Chloe Stewart (‘20) did something astonishing. Chloe commands everyone’s attention when she is playing basketball and softball, and her hard work is noticed by many. Chloe puts in 110% every time she plays, and many are recognizing that she is not your typical student athlete; she distinguishes herself through her perseverance, competitive mindset, and leadership. 

“Playing with Chloe makes me want to try harder,” said basketball and softball teammate Hannalise Davidson (‘20). “In this way, she’s an excellent athlete and leader. People can’t help but look up to her for obvious reasons. I’m going to miss hanging out, having fun, and playing the sports we love together.”

Despite the spring sport season ending prematurely, Chloe was one of four athletes awarded Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Athlete of the Year. The award recognizes Chloe’s one-of-a-kind athleticism and is an accumulation of all her achievements at Webb. Chloe was selected from a pool of athletes that included twenty four schools and players from all sports.        

“There are so many hardworking talented athletes in our conference,” said Chloe. “That being said, I’m very honored and thankful.” 

“[Chloe being awarded WAC athlete of the year] means she’s being recognized for her hard work and accomplishments,” said Ron Smith, head softball coach. “It means that others recognize her athletic ability without even really knowing her. Since her freshman season she has worked hard every day at practice, at games, and has shown leadership skills on and off the field that coaches can only dream of. I knew that I could always count on her. She always gave her best and encouraged others to do the same.” 

Chloe will add the WAC Athlete of the Year to her long list of impressive high school achievements. Chloe was a four-year varsity starter in both basketball and softball, two time Academy League basketball player of the year, Academy league softball player of the year, and an All-CIF performer in softball. 

Chloe helped lead VWS basketball to their first ever League Championship in 2019. In addition, she was part of the 2017 and 2019 Academy League Championship teams in softball.  

“Chloe is a natural athlete that would do well in any sport,” said Coach Ron. “Her preparation and hard work is what makes her stand out to me. Plus, she is driven by a competitive nature to succeed in everything she does.”

Chloe has elevated the sports program at Webb, and all her coaches and teammates will miss her when she heads off for college. 

Chloe will leave behind a special legacy where Webbies will remember her not only for her astounding athletic abilities on the basketball court and the softball field, but for her guidance for newer players and uplifting her teammates when they need it most. 

“My biggest piece of advice is to just show up and stick with your sport,” said Chloe. “Fully being there and giving your all during practices can be grueling sometimes, but it really does pay off, and when you put in the time and effort, everything else will fall into place. It definitely won’t all be fun or easy, but it’s so worth it to see it pay off. Don’t overwork yourself and take a day off if you need it. At the end of the day, it’s just a game and not worth being stressed or unhappy.”

Whether she is scoring a 3-pointer on the court or hitting a homerun on the field, Chloe deserves to be recognized for all of her hard work and achievements. She will continue to make the crowds roar when she heads off to University of California, Santa Barbara to play D1 softball, and everyone will miss her ambitious, considerate, and bright personality. 

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Bianca Arteaga, Public Editor
Do you know many busy bees at Webb? If you don't, then maybe you haven't met Bianca Arteaga ('22)—a self-described bee, she is productive, cheerful, and hardworking. She is, like many productive people, a morning person, and very organized. So perhaps it is no surprise that she is taking on the added challenge of AP Spanish this year, in order to better help people internationally in the future. Bianca eventually wants to become a lawyer and help people worldwide, which she may need Spanish for. For now, Bianca wants to help people locally by using the WCC to teach freshmen and sophomores to love Webb as she does. Bianca's other passion is protecting the environment. Despite being a very busy and successful student, Bianca is also very skilled in the athletic department. She is the varsity softball captain and hopes to continue playing even once she goes to college. Besides her work, Bianca also has a fun side: she loves playing the guitar, is obsessed with Taylor Swift, enjoys watching romcoms, and loves dad jokes. Bianca's many interests, well-balanced lifestyle, and unwavering work ethic truly make her a queen bee! Favorite song: "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift
Laura Haushalter, Public Editor
Enthusiastic, positive, determined, and athletic, Laura Haushalter (‘21) uses her passionate attitude to take on many leadership roles: captain of the VWS cross-country and swimming teams; Student Government spirit commissioner; and the Public Editor for the WCC. As the Public Editor, Laura oversees all the social media accounts for the WCC. In addition to normal Editor-in-Chief  responsibilities, she helps the WCC gain more publicity, making sure Webbies stay informed and updated about the latest articles. Laura is extremely passionate about environmental justice and climate change, which is why her favorite class she has taken at Webb is Honors Global Society and Sustainability. In her free time, you can catch Laura watching Friends or Veep, listening to AJR, Beach House, and Cardi B, or running on Thompson Creek Trail. Her goals this year are to make the WCC’s social media accounts more active, and make the most of her last year at Webb.

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