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Near-perfect scholar-athlete makes history

Eriana Pula is the first female honored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football Foundation - College Hall of Fame

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“I wasn’t scared and I am proud. I was trying something new with football. People did doubt it, but whatever guys can do, females can do it too. It is 2017,” said Pula. Photo: YouTube/Compton Schools

Compton-Centennial extraordinary scholar-athlete Eriana Pula is school’s first female varsity football player

COMPTON — What would you conclude about a prep super scholar-athlete who starts on the Centennial High School varsity football team, also excels in rugby, volleyball, basketball, and softball, and ranks tops in their senior class with a GPA of 4.3? Superman, right?

Eriana Pula

Eriana Pula interviewed by KABC News. Courtesy CUSD

But, there’s more. This individual plays the trombone and saxophone in the marching band, sings in the school choir, serves as Associated Student Body president, and school council chairperson.

Eriana Pula

Eriana Pula also excels in the sport of rugby. Courtesy CUSD

“Super” is quite appropriate. But, just not superman — try “Supergirl!”

Oh, almost overlooked the fact this super individual also was homecoming princess for both her 9th and 10th-grade class? Yup, she’s a girl!

Centennial High Apache Eriana Pula is this remarkable history-maker. There may not be another like Pula, who, quite remarkably in a world of male brawn, is the first female player selected to participate in the Plays and Grades California All-Star Football Classic. Pula didn’t just make the football team — which would have singularly been a stellar achievement all by itself — she excelled at a level among the best athletes in the state as a nose guard on both the offensive and defensive line for the Apaches. She earned that distinction three straight years as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

Pula was honored by the National Football Foundation – College Hall of Fame at their annual banquet in March, 2017. She was the very first female honored by the Foundation’s Los Angeles Chapter.

Eriana, who is a top student at Centennial as well as active in student government, music and a host of other activities, was recently the first female to play in the Plays and Grades All-Star football team.

Eriana Pula truly is one of a kind.

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Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.


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