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Carandang Featured as Senior Spotlight
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
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Article of the SM Times 6/2/10

Player Profile: Lauren Carandang

  • 2020 Round Table Athlete of the Year
  • Holds school record in triple jump (36-2)
  • Four-year varsity track competitor
  • 4.18 GPA at Pioneer Valley High School
  • Will study biology at UC San Diego
  • Intends to become OB/GYN

Pioneer Valley High School senior Lauren Carandang had known for awhile that she would continue her education at either UC Berkeley or UC San Diego.

She decided on UC San Diego.

“I felt UC San Diego was a more positive environment that I could learn in,” she said.

 “Besides, financially, in the long run, it is better for me to go there.”

Carandang will study general biology at UC San Diego and hopes to go to medical school.

Carandang was named the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table Female Athlete of the Year last week.

Besides holding the school girls triple jump record at 36 feet, 2 inches she carries a 4.18 grade point average at Pioneer Valley.

The NSBCART typically awards its scholarships at its annual awards dinner. The organization cancelled its 2020 dinner because of the COVID-19 pandemic and awarded the winners their plaques and scholarships at a ceremony last week in Santa Maria.

Carandang was on the Pioneer Valley track varsity team for four years, the only freshman to earn a permanent varsity spot.

She qualified for the post-season in the triple jump three times and had already met the CIF Central Section qualifying mark her senior year when sports statewide ended in March because of the pandemic.

Carandang also qualified in the pole vault and long jump last year and ran for the second-fastest girls relay team in school history.

Still, “I’ve already gotten used to going without competitive sports during the quarantine,” she said.

“I’m just going to concentrate on academics at UC San Diego, but I will always miss my teammates and coaches at Pioneer Valley and the sport. I’ll always try to stay in shape.”
Carandang said she is leaning toward pursuing a career as an OB/GYN.

She said she has long been interested in the medical field, and the interest stems from her mother. Arsenia Carandang works as a nurse at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Santa Maria and at Santa Ynez Cottage Hospital.

Lauren Carandang was a volunteer at Marian Hospital for two years. She wrote in her scholarship application that she was the youngest mentee chosen to participate in the Dignity Health Physician Mentoring Program.

“I actually got to shadow an OB/GYN and that really got me interested in that specialty,” she said.

Like many, Carandang said she has adjusted to online learning but would rather be in the classroom “I’m a hands on learner,” she said.


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