For decades, the Deseret News has highlighted the outstanding accomplishments of high school athletes in Utah throughout the sports season, culminating with the announcement of all-state teams.
This year, the Deseret News is expanding its postseason awards to highlight the incredible accomplishments of student-athletes off the field with the inaugural Humanitarian of the Year awards.
The award highlights outstanding student-athlete citizens who go above and beyond every day to make a difference in the school and their community through a variety of different means.
Coaches in each classification were asked to nominate players from their team, and then the nominees were voted on by the state’s coaches.
Here’s a look at the award winners in each of the five classifications.
6A Humanitarian of the Year
Tatum Frazier, Lone Peak
Serving others has become somewhat of a life calling for Tatum Frazier, with her coach Shantel Jolley proclaiming, “she is without a doubt one of the top five best human beings on this planet regardless of age.”
Through the years, Frazier has turned soccer trips with her club team into community service trips to help and contribute to abused women’s shelters.
In the past few years during soccer trips to Orlando and North Carolina, she spearheaded a team service project to donate food, make hygiene kids, wrap presents and put up Christmas decorations at local women’s shelters.
Jolley said that for this season, Frazier organized a team service project in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month that raised over $11,000 for The Refuge, a shelter based in Utah county.
Frazier has been organizing community service projects since she was 13, and has raised over $50,000 for these various projects.
Asked what motivates her to be of service in her community, Frazier said:
“My motivation for this service project started when I was in eighth grade. It started out small, with giving some leftover food from a team dinner to a local homeless shelter. I saw how such a simple act could help people who really needed it. After this, I wanted to find a way to continue helping people. There has been some abuse towards women in my dad’s family, and that is an issue I feel really passionate about. I have been so blessed to be able to travel for soccer, and I made it a goal to help people in every city I traveled to. It is amazing to see how willing my friends and family have been in this project. I’ve had so much help with donations, my teammates organizing hygiene kits with me, and coaches who have worked with me to help make this happen. It’s also been a huge learning experience because when we go to the battered women’s shelters my friends and I are able to learn about different situations and we can educate ourselves on how we can avoid domestic abuse, and ways to find help if we are ever in need.”
6A runner-up: Berkley Dymock, Riverton
5A Humanitarian of the Year
Mallory Goodfellow, Alta
Service was a priority in Mallory Goodfellow’s household growing up, so it’s only fitting that it’s become a big part of her as well.
In addition to balancing school and athletics, Goodfellow is continually searching out ways to help those in her own community along with those in communities far away.
Among her many accomplishments, she’s helped plan and run events for Make-A-Wish Foundation, overseen events for the Utah Food Bank and helped set up flags for the 9/11 Healing Fields memorial in Sandy.
This summer, she helped organize a toy and clothing drive for families in Guatemala, and then while delivering the items, she helped build houses and bunk beds and then also donated her time at local schools.
She’s also made blankets for hospital newborns, made “bag” beds for the homeless, writes letters to soldiers on active duty and planned a Halloween event at a family homeless shelter.
At Alta, she’s involved with peer tutoring, peer leadership and she’s the National Honor Society president.
Asked what motivates her to be of service in her community, Goodfellow said:
“My whole life I have been blessed to be surrounded by people who are positive role models to me and are passionate about serving others. This has influenced my motivation to serve the people around me and to find ways to make my community a more positive place. Another thing that has really shaped who I am today is my love of meeting and getting to know new people. I have found that one of the best ways to do this is through serving them and serving with them in the community. Service brings me so much joy and happiness and provides a way to bring happiness and positivity into the world.”
5A runner-up: Brielle El Bakri, Brighton
4A Humanitarian of the Year
Alyssa Garr, Desert Hills
In a variety of different ways, Desert Hills’ Alyssa Garr has made an impact on the lives of many in St. George.
Whether it’s helping hungry kids, the homeless or peers at Desert Hills High School, Garr is actively involved in her community despite the challenges of balancing school and sports.
“Alyssa is very outgoing and always looking to help and serve others. She is loved by all her classmates and definitely going to be successful in life,” said Desert Hills coach Benji Nelson.
She’s involved in Tan’s Treats, an organization that helps get food to hungry kids. She also donates her time to her local homeless shelter, often making scrumptious treats of her own to pass out.
At Desert Hills, she’s a School of Life counselor working with peers to help them feel accepted and thrive. She also does peer tutoring.
Asked what motivates her to be of service in her community, Garr said:
“Many things motivate me to become a better person. Some of the main things that motivate me are my family and friends. I enjoy serving and helping others because it makes me happy. I love seeing what great things can be done by doing small acts of kindness. This is my motivation.”
3A Humanitarian of the Year
Cami Wood, Union
When Cami Wood was 9, her younger sister Maddie was diagnosed with leukemia.
Over the next several years, she watched as the community surrounding her stepped up in countless ways with meals, babysitting, fundraisers, yard work and housework. For three years Wood and her siblings attended Camp Hobe during the summer, a volunteer-run camp in Tooele for childhood cancer patients and their families.
“Each year was terrific,” said Wood, whose sister has been cancer-free for six years.
Witnessing firsthand how impactful service can be for those in need, it’s been a priority in her life in recent years. This past summer she returned to Camp Hobe as a volunteer, and was a lifeguard as well, and said she can’t wait to return this summer.
At Union High school, Wood is part of National Honors Society and is active in those service projects as well as other school-sponsored service projects.
Asked what motivates her, Wood said:
“My family is an excellent example of serving; from raking leaves to providing meals, we attend service projects regularly and help neighbors. I watched the significant impact of others’ service on my family during a crisis when my sister was diagnosed with leukemia and spent years in treatment. When I serve, I feel fantastic knowing that my actions are helping to relieve stress and improve lives. Camp Hobe is a volunteer-run camp for childhood cancer patients and their siblings. I attended the camp for three years and loved it so much that I could not wait to be old enough to volunteer. Last summer, I was a lifeguard and counselor at Camp Hobe; it was terrific working with the amazing campers and exceptional staff.”
3A runner-up: Ellie Rowley, Juab
2A Humanitarian of the Year
Carolyn Marlin, Waterford
In August, when Parleys Canyon caught fire and threatened the homes of several thousand residents, people looked on in awe at the smoke filling the sky. Waterford’s Carolyn Marlin had a different thought — how could she help. Her service mentality kicked in as she helped an effort to gather funds from Park City residents and also deliver Jimmy John’s sandwiches to firefighters.
Marlin currently serves on the UServe Utah Youth Council, a program that tries to empower teens to make a difference and be leaders in their community. She’s also co-president of the Waterford School community service club as they lead students of different ages in meaningful service projects. One of those involved a school supply and backpack drive, as school-age children came and helped bagged the items for United Way of Salt Lake City.
Her hallmark achievement is starting and running Bags of Love Utah, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. The organization has held three successful events that have benefited The Road Home shelter in Midvale and the United Way of Salt Lake City.
Marlin has also donated her time at Camp Hobe, a summer came for children with cancer in Tooele
Asked what motivates her to be of service in her community, Marlin said:
“Outside of school and extracurricular activities, I feel like not much is expected of kids and teenagers these days. We are constantly sent the message that what we could offer couldn’t be helpful enough to make a lasting impact. Most volunteer organizations don’t allow kids and teens to volunteer until 16 years old. I do understand this for liability reasons, but I want to show Utah that we can rise to the occasion. We can handle learning about the problems our community faces, can care deeply about these issues and can be extremely helpful in the solve. I’m so happy my service has made a difference and maybe can inspire others.”
2A runner-up: Kaitlyn Bates, Rowland Hall