Alleida Martinez is a four-time California High School state champion and four-year team captain for Selma High School. The daughter of Esbeide Belmontes and Noe Martinez, she helped Selma win two state team titles.
Martinez, who is a member of the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, won the 50 kg title at the Women’s Nationals to make the U.S. women’s freestyle Junior World Team that will compete in September in Trnava, Slovakia.
It is the third World Team for Martinez, who won a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in 2016 and was a silver medalist in 2015. She was a U23 runner-up in 2018 and a Fargo junior champion and a junior national folkstyle runner-up in 2017. In 2015 and 2016, Martinez won back-to-back junior national and cadet national folkstyle championships as well as the Fargo and Body Bar titles.
Martinez also ran cross country and was a state qualifier and team captain for two years. She has performed over 50 hours of community service with the Selma High School ROTC program while also volunteering at the Highland Games, Jackson Elementary Carnival and the Selma Sikh Parade.
She has volunteered to place flags on veteran graves as well as serving as part of flag honor guard at other events. She has a 3.52 GPA and has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for Menlo College.
Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award
National, West, California