Shyh Lynn Saenz

Hayward Youth Hall of Fame Recipient for Athletics

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I am nominating Shyh Lynn Saenz for the Academic and Athletic City Council Youth Achievement Award because she distinguishes herself in both realms. She truly lives and is the definition of a scholar athlete. 

As a stand out soccer player, Shyh has played at the highest level of youth soccer internationally. As a member of the Mexican National soccer team, Shyh played in the Under 15 CONCACAF Championship, an international championship tournament of 24 nations from Northern and Central America and the Caribbean.

This year, as a sophomore, Shyh played varsity soccer and earned First Team All-League for the Western Alameda Conference as well as the Newcomer of the Year Award. Currently, Shyh plays for the #5 ranked soccer team in California, Pleasanton Rage in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), which is the highest level women’s youth soccer league in the USA.

Shyh’s commitment to both athletics and academics is evident by her daily schedule, starting with a zero period at 7 a.m. and a course load of seven academic courses, followed by soccer practice which typically ends at 9:30 p.m., four to five days a week. Despite this rigorous schedule, Shyh has challenged herself with advanced and honors courses. Her current GPA is a 4.2 and has also already taken community college courses.

Shyh continues to challenge herself academically as one of the founders of the Speech and Debate and competing in tournaments. Shyh's goal is to play Division 1 soccer in the East Coast.