Student of the Year
Every spring, the students, faculty and staff of California Ballet School select the Student of the Year, a dancer in the Junior Company who exemplifies a positive attitude, strong work ethic and leadership qualities. This year that honor was awarded to 17 year old Zoe Mendel.
Zoe has been at CBS for 7 years. She loves dancing with both the junior and senior company, and enjoys the opportunity to mentor younger students. She is an incoming senior at La Jolla High School and plans to become a physical therapist.
Zoe says being named Student of the Year is important because it reaffirms her personal values of hard work and dedication that she uses in her own training. Receiving the award also let her know that what she gives back to our dance community is making a difference.