Cal Coast Academy student James Bernard was named the Men’s Varsity Rowing Crew’s “Most Valuable Player” on Sunday, May 22nd, during the Annual Junior’s Banquet hosted by the San Diego Rowing Club.

Online PR News – 29-May-2011 – – Cal Coast Academy student James Bernard (11th grade) was the top honoree Sunday night at the San Diego Rowing Club's annual junior banquet. Bernard walked away with the evenings most sought after title of MVP. What makes this accomplishment even more impressive, is that Bernard has only been rowing since February. "In just three short months James has not only worked his way up to earning this distinguished compliment but he has simultaneously maintained his 4.3 GPA and demanding class schedule," states Cal Coast Academy's Founder and Principal, Ms. Jan Dunning.

During the entire nine month season, junior rowers practice six days a week for two and a half hours a day. These strenuous workouts help to prepare the rowers for events such as the US Rowing Southwest Junior Championship Regatta. Currently, Bernard and his fellow crew members are gearing up for their last event of the season, the US Rowing Junior Nationals Championships.

Led by former US National Team Member, Mr. Chris Callaghan, the junior rowers receive the knowledge and guidance required to endure and succeed at such challenging events. Bernard recognizes and appreciates the level of expertise his coach holds. “Coach Callaghan has taught me the importance of teamwork, persistence, and good sportsmanship, he has challenged and encouraged me, and he has given me the physical training required to reach my maximum potential and compete in a collegiate rowing program,” Bernard explains.

Although the season has almost come to an end, Bernard will continue to glide through the waters of Mission Bay as he eagerly strives towards excellence. “James’ accomplishments both athletically and academically are a true testament to his unwavering dedication and hard work,” says Dunning. “He exemplifies the ideal definition of a well-rounded individual and he undeniably deserves this noteworthy recognition.”

Cal Coast Academy is an independent grades 6-12 college preparatory school accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, approved by the University of California, and NCAA certified. Cal Coast Academy is renowned for providing dynamic academics within a small community of dedicated students, faculty, and staff. It is a place where students have the luxury of receiving a customized education while engaging in a 6:1 student-teacher ratio class. To learn more about Cal Coast Academy, call 858.481.0882 or visit