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image Tooele High School’s McKenzie Alvarez takes a shot in a game against Bear River Jan. 15. Alvarez won the Jackie White-Kimber Memorial award this year.

March 12, 2013
Alvarez receives THS White-Kimber Award for 2013

McKenzie Alvarez has been named the winner of the 2013 Jackie White-Kimber Memorial Award for her quiet leadership and hard work.

Susan Rydalch, former Tooele High School girls’ basketball coach, and Kris Ashby, current THS head coach, chose Alvarez as the recipient for this year’s award because she leads by example.

“She was the overwhelming choice because of her leadership,” Rydalch said. “She’s a quiet leader who leads more with her actions than her voice.”

Rydalch said her ability to lead people by example makes her an exceptional person because she doesn’t have to be a “rah rah” type of person.

Something that impressed Rydalch was when Alvarez would help set up the gymnasium on game days. She said most players on those days would just get ready for the game and not think to help out, but Alvarez went above and beyond what was expected of her.

“She exemplifies everything Jackie White did and those who have won the award before her,” Rydalch said. “She’s a great player as far as skills go. She’s just a wonderful young lady, and she’s willing to work hard no matter what.”

The award is named after former THS basketball player Jackie White-Kimber, who died in 1988 after a battle with cancer.

Richard Briggs

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Richard Briggs is community news editor, sports writer and copy editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. Born in San Diego and raised in St. George, Briggs graduated with a degree in communications from Dixie State College in 2012. While there he worked three years for the college’s newspaper, the Dixie Sun, as a sports writer and sports editor. During his senior year, he was editor in chief. Briggs also is a 2005 graduate from Snow Canyon High School. From 2006 to 2008 he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in Kentucky. As community news editor, Briggs writes, edits and manages editorial and photographic content for the Transcript-Bulletin’s inside pages and sections, including Hometown and Bulletin Board.

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