Giovanni Magana makes a schedule at the beginning of each week and sticks to it. Magana completed his high school schedule with a date in May when he was presented his Ken Hubbs Award for being the 2015 individual winner at Arroyo Valley High School. Not only was Magana a All CIF-Southern Section caliber soccer and tennis player, he earned the academic ranking of 14 out of 590 seniors at Arroyo Valley HS. It qualified him as a member of the National Honor Society.
Arroyo Valley soccer coach Miguel Alatorre considered Magana one of the key’s to this season’s San Andreas League soccer championship. in addition, Magana led the Hawk’s to one of its best overall athletic years in school history as a member of its SAL championship tennis team. “He was one of our captain’s and his quiet leadership helped us to our most successful soccer season in school history,” said Alatorre. AVHS made it to the CIF-quarterfinals
Magana was installed as the president of the school’s boys soccer club where it was his job to make sure everyone was at school, at practice and ready for games on time. In soccer, he was named All-SAL 1st team and an All-CIF Division 5 selection. Over his four years on the varsity tennis team, he was the SAL doubles champion as a sophomore and junior and the league single’s champ as a senior. He advanced to the CIF-playoffs after posting an overall 42-3 individual record and was part of the teams 18-0 record in SAL.
AVHS tennis coach Peter Hidalgo said Magana is a testament to Magana’s athletic ability that he did so well at tennis. Hidalgo noted that Magana excelled despite not being a full-time tennis player. “Giovanni would do good regardless of the sport. It is his humility that led to his success. He respected his opponent. He’s just a very nice young man.”
Magana accepted a academic scholarship to Cal Poly Pomona where he has an open offer to play soccer. He is unsure about soccer in his future plans. “I’m undecided about my major but I want to become a mechanical engineer and build houses,” said Magana, who was offered scholarships to other college’s including Cal State San Bernardino. At Arroyo Valley, he was in the teaching academy program. He said becoming a calculus teacher was something he would consider. Alatorre hopes after Magana takes a year off from soccer that he eventually will play for Cal Poly Pomona. “I do expect him to fulfill his academic goal to become a engineer,” said Alatorre.
Magana told about the system he designed that allowed for keeping his high academic standing while maintaining his social life. “I did my studying and book work on weekends and still had time to hang out with friends. If I couldn’t get everything done first, my friends understood when I couldn’t go out. I pretty much did what I wanted if I kept my schedule,” explained Magana. He said it was pretty easy to advance through Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, trigonometry and calculus.
He credited his older borthers and sisters with influencing his success. “They were good students. I watched how they studied.” His older brother, Javier also played tennis and soccer at AVH and currently attends Cal State Northridge. “He got me started playing tennis. We kept playing together until one day he said to me, ‘You are better than me.'” His younger sister, Korinna is a good student and plays on the AVHS varsity soccer team.
Magana was educated about the meaning of winning a Hubbs nomination from his freshman tennis coach Scott Smith, who was the 1984 overall winner. “I found out that it’s pretty big.” Magana’s advise to students. “Success will come if you work hard and give 100%.”