PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Jolanie Martinez
Pearl City High School freshman scored this year's Gatorade Hawaii Girls Soccer Player of the Year recognition.
Sunshine Fontes is the first girls' soccer player to be honored for her outstanding achievement.
The award from the Gatorade Company is in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports. It recognizes athletes who demonstrate academic achievement and excellent character on and off the field.
Fontes, a five-foot-five forward led the Chargers to 16 wins, one loss and a victory in the Division I state championships this past season. With her speed and execution on the field, Fontes holds a record of 29 goals, along with 11 in seven post games.
As a student athlete, she maintains a 3.43 GPA. She also volunteers her time at a homeless shelter, food bank, and is the assistant director of a youth soccer camp on Oahu.
Though she has received a number of awards, including the Honolulu Star-Advertiser State Player of the Year and a First-Team All-Division I state tournament selection, the freshman believes there is still room for improvement.
"Getting this award makes me feel great, but I know there is still plenty of room for improvement," Fontes said.
Fontes is a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year, which will be announced this month.