Shekim, who started playing four years ago, was a three-time All-City Section selection and top singles player while leading the Dolphins to their eighth consecutive City title last fall.
Shekim is the senior class president and has a 4.68 grade-point average, which includes bonus points for taking honor classes. She has been accepted to UCLA, California and Brown and hopes to compete in tennis as a walk-on.
"It's never too late to start playing," Shekim said. "If I had started a year earlier, I would have an easier time making a team at a top college tennis program.
"I'm very ambitious, but sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to succeed."
Palisades Coach Bud Kling selected Shekim as the team's first two-time captain.
"In a six-month period, she went from a beginner--and I mean a raw beginner--to a very competitive player," Kling said. "She's a late bloomer, but I think she will make an impact at the college level."
No fooling around--The Times All-Westside boys' and girls' basketball teams will be announced April 2nd. Members of the team and their parents will be guests of The Times at an awards banquet April 4 at the Guest Quarters Suite Hotel in Santa Monica. At the banquet, the coach and player of the year will be announced.
Trying to catch on--David Saraf, the Beverly Hills standout wide receiver who led the Southern Section with 90 catches last season, has not received a college scholarship offer but will visit San Jose State next week.
Saraf also said he is considering attending Occidental, UCLA or Dartmouth as a walk-on and expects to make a final decision in two weeks.
Staff Writer Steven Herbert contributed to this notebook.