Standout Lincoln High student selected as Union-Tribune All-Academic Team Captain for girls' wrestling

Posted: Friday, March 15th 2019

Lincoln High School senior Phonisha Pruitt is this year's San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team Captain for girls' wrestling. While a tremendous accomplishment, this honor is probably no surprise to those who know her best.

A CIF San Diego Section champ, Phonisha has played six varsity sports in high school and earned 13 letters, and finished seventh at this year’s state wrestling championships.

Her story off the wrestlng mat is equally inspiring; the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote:

"A few months ago, Pruitt’s father was in a motorcycle accident. He lost an eye. That event influenced Pruitt to focus on pre-med at the next level and to pursue a career as a pediatric emergency physician. Alternatively, she’d like to be a high school science teacher."

A star student, Phonisha has a 4.20 GPA and is currently taking five weighted classes, including two college-level courses. She has made the principal’s honor roll all every year of high school, where she has "devoted herself to Lincoln's on-campus mentoring program, assisting students with homework and tutoring in reading and math."

If that wasn't enough, Phonisha is also her school's ASB President. As part of this role, she has also represented her school and students from across the city as the Student Representative at a SDUSD Board of Education meeting.

"She is such a strong leader, very hardworking, and really represents the best of what ASB is about," said Stacey Seiders, who oversees the district's ASB program. "She is a great representative for her school and for all of San Diego."

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