First-string kicker on La Jolla Country Day's Varsity football team, Travis Golia, finished last year's season one point away from the section lead, at 72 points. The resulting recruitment offers from colleges such as Stanford and UC Berkeley, among others, have this senior intensely focused on and excited for the upcoming football season. However, Golia stays involved with his school community in other ways, by being a part of the disciplinary council and heading the efforts for La Jolla Country Day's 10th Annual Bocce Ball tournament on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Football coach Jeff Hutzler describes Travis as, "an outstanding kid. He is a Country Day man from a Country Day family. He's a dynamite student, really involved in student government and does a lot of community service. When we say scholar, artist, athlete - the motto of our school - Travis embodies all of those things."
With all this behind him, Golia looks toward a hopeful college future, while still expecting great things for this football season.
Q: Where are you going to go to college?
A: Don't know yet. One of the Ivys or a Pac Ten school.
Q: So you are going to play football in college?
A: Yea. I want to kick.
Q: Have you always been a kicker?
A: I played football since freshman year. Freshman year I was running back. Sophomore year, I tried kicking and was really good at it.
Q: Do you play other sports?
A: I played basketball. I thought going into high school I would play basketball in college. But now, I'm really into kicking.
Q: Did you go to La Jolla Country Day your whole life?
A: Since 5th grade. It feels like my whole life.
Q: You are the head of disciplinary council. What drew you to that position?
A: I like being involved, but not as much a person who will go make speeches in public, so it was kind of behind the scenes. I feel like it's an important part of the school.
Q: What does the disciplinary council do?
A: When students get in trouble, they are sent to us, we listen to their case, and assign them a punishment. We don't want them to just go to the principal's office. There are three teachers and six or seven students on the panel.
Q: What do you want to study in college? What subject do you like best?
A: No idea. I'm good at math.
Q: What do you want to do for a career?
A: I don't know yet. I just want to go to a great school and hopefully something will open up for me from that.
Q: Tell me about the 10th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament.
A: I'm leading it for the school. I thought it would be really cool because my uncle has Downs Syndrome, and he's participating in it. We'll set it up, ref the games, and take it down. I'm getting teams together and helping to get students involved.
Q: Do you have a personal hero? Someone you admire?
A: Kicking is a big part of my life so Nate Kaeding, the kicker for the Chargers.
La Jolla Country Day's next game is Thursday, Sept. 20 against Francis Parker. For more information on the Torreys varsity football schedule visit www.ljcds.org.
The 10th Annual Bocce Ball tournament is run by Sports for Exceptional Athletes and more than 200 special Olympic athletes are expected to be on campus participating in the event. For more information visit http://www.s4ea.org or call (858) 565-S4EA.