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TIMOTHY MALONEY
SHELTON HIGH SCHOOL
Timothy Maloney of Shelton High School is a four-year varsity swimmer and 2012-2013 Captain of the boys swim and dive team. He has been a driving force on the team, earning top points in meets and qualifying for SCC and State L finals championships every year. This year he earned a spot on the All-SCC Team for the backstroke. He has broken 2 school records, this year for the 100Y Backstroke and last year for the 200Y Medley Relay. Not only has Tim excelled in swimming, but also in the classroom. He is ranked in the top 5% of his class and has earned awards for All-American Academic Swimming, SCC Academic All-Star Team, CT Swim Scholar Athlete, SCC All-Academic Team, SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month, and was on the All-American Scholar Silver Medal Team. He has also been committed to utilizing his swim talent for service to the community by being a swim volunteer coach for Special Olympics for 4 years and participating in SWIM Across the Sound to raise money for cancer patients. Even with a heavy course load as an AP student and volunteering his time, Tim also manages to work as a lifeguard and coach 8/u swimmers.
Congratulations to Tim as he continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb the mountain!

AMANDA JESSEY
EAST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL
Amanda Jessey of East Haven High School is a four-year starter and senior captain on the varsity softball team. This season Amanda got her 100th career hit while batting .508 with 19 runs, 21 RBIs and two home runs. The team finished 17-3 during the regular season. Amanda also achieves in the classroom with a 4.3 GPA.

Congratulations to Amanda as she continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb the Mountain!

SYDNEY SPADINGER
SHELTON HIGH SCHOOL
Sydney Spadinger of Shelton High School is a captain for Shelton Girls Lacrosse team and secretary of the National Honor Society. Sydney is an outstanding student-athlete and a tremendous leader on and off the field of play. She excels on the lacrosse field, recently scoring four goals and one assist to lead the Gaels’ offense.
Sydney does community service with the Best Buddy Program and helps various fundraisers by organizing 5K road races. Sydney gets it done in the class room with a GPA of 3.80.

Congratulations to Sydney as she continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb the Mountain!

ALY FERRANTE
SHELTON HIGH SCHOOL
Aly Ferrante of Shelton High School is a captain for Shelton Girls Lacrosse team and member of the National Honor Society. Aly is an outstanding student-athlete and a tremendous leader on and off the field of play. She excels on the lacrosse field, recently scoring 6 goals against Masuk, leading her team.
Aly is very involved in community service. She goes on a mission trip during the summer for 10 days for Habitat for Humanity. She is captain for Relay for Life, and does cleanup on Shelton Day. She also is a leader for her church’s community service. Aly gets it done in the class room with a GPA of 3.93.
Congratulations to Aly as she continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb the Mountain!

LAURA BROOKS
LYMAN HALL HIGH SCHOOL
Laura Brooks of Lyman Hall High School is co-captain and an amazing doubles player for the Lyman Hall girl’s tennis team. Her outstanding leadership on and off the court has brought structure and organization to their team. The team is striving and is very close to achieving their first ever team state tournament qualification with Laura leading the way with an individual 7-3 record in doubles.
Laura is also an active member of the Lyman Hall Cross -Country team. Additionally, she is a member of S.A.D.D and Unified Sports. She is a Varsity Scholar, secretary of the National Honors Society and is a very talented violin player.
Congratulations to Laura as she continues to do great things both on and off the field. Climb the mountain!

JIM FARRELL
SHELTON HIGH SCHOOL
Jim Farrell of Shelton High School is the captain of the varsity lacrosse team. Jim exemplifies what it is to be a leader and a top level scholar-athlete; playing two sports and being in the top 10% of his class.Jim, who was also captain of the varsity football team this past Fall, suffered a shoulder injury, taking him out of play this Spring after surgery to repair it. Jim is rehabilitating the shoulder and has an outside chance of being ready for playoffs. He has been diligently acting as an assistant coach to the program and helps prepare the team for play. Jim truly exemplifies what it is to be a leader through his character, determination, and abilities on and off the playing field. Congratulations to Jim as he continues to do great things both on and off the field. Climb the mountain!

LUKE PEPPER
WOLCOTT TECH HIGH SCHOOL
Luke Pepper of Wolcott Tech High School is captain of the Boy’s Varsity Volleyball Team. He is a standout player, recently notching 36 assists, one ace, six digs and three kills in one of his latest games. He is currently a senior, leading the team both on and off the court.
Luke is also President of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Student Council, a member of student government, a member of the prom committee, a senior mentor, electrical shop representative, a member of the captain’s council and a scholar athlete. He also spends many hours giving back to his school by volunteering at community events, managing the girls’ volleyball team and operating the sound system.
Luke, who has been inflicted with Cystic Fibrosis, has been fundraising for the illness for the past 12 years and it is his goal to assist in finding a cure for himself and the other 30,000 people who suffer from this genetic condition. Throughout the years, Luke has coordinated can drives, car washes, coin collections, faculty basketball games, dodge ball tournaments, concession stand, walks for a cure, letter writing campaigns, and community education events to make people aware of Cystic Fibrosis in order to raise funds for the foundation. He has had the opportunity to speak at schools and local civic groups to educate them about the urgency of finding a cure for this terminal disease. Sharing his story through essays and written letters has been a way for people to learn about Cystic Fibrosis while they get to know him. Over the years, he has raised over $323,000 for cystic fibrosis and he has recruited over 700 walkers for the Great Strides Event.
Congratulations to Luke as he continues to do great things both on and off the field. Climb the mountain!

HUNTER CARDEN
BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL
Hunter Carden of Branford High School is the captain of the varsity Field Hockey, Indoor and Outdoor Track teams. She was named to the All-SCC First Team, New Haven Register All –Area Team, and Connecticut All-State Team for Field Hockey. Hunter is a great leader and an excellent student. Congratulations to Hunter as she continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb The Mountain!

SAMANTHA BARTEL
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL
Samantha Bartel of Sheehan High School is an outstanding student-athlete and a tremendous leader. In addition to being successful on the field, she is a committed leader as she holds the captainship in both indoor and outdoor track. In the classroom, she is in the top 10% of the class and maintains a 3.78 GPA. Congratulations to Samantha as she continues to perform on and off the field. Climb The Mountain!

ANDREW KLARMAN
BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL
Andrew Klarman of Branford High School is the captain of the Football and Basketball teams. He was named to the All-SCC Team and Class M All-State Team in football. He was also named to the All-Oronoque team in basketball. Andrew is a CAPT Scholar, a Model Congress Member, and maintains a 3.5 GPA.
Andrew is a member of “LifeTeen” Core team at Church. He will be attending Middlebury College in Vermont next fall and will be playing on the football team.
Congratulations to Andrew as he continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb The Mountain!

DAN BAUM
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL
Dan Baum of Sheehan High School is an excellent student-athlete, both on and off of the field of competition. He is an SCC and state champion in the hurdles and captains both the indoor and outdoor track teams. He is an AP scholar, holds a 3.8 GPA, and is greatly involved in the school and community. An excellent example of this is how he helps lead and coordinate the school’s many blood drives, as well as volunteering countless hours of service to various organizations.
Congratulations to Dan as he continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb the mountain!

NICK GERBO
IMMACULATE HIGH SCHOOL
Nick Gerbo of Immaculate High School in Danbury, CT is a four-year varsity player in both soccer and basketball. Nick is also the captain of both teams and was named to the All-Conference team in soccer this past Fall. He is an Honor Roll student and maintains a 3.89 GPA.

Congratulations to Nick as he continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb the mountain!

WILLA RUSO
SACRED HEART ACADEMY
Willa Rusowicz-Orazem of Sacred Heart Academy is the captain of the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player during the 2011-2012 season. She is a volunteer string player at the Griffin Hospital in Milford and is also a server at the Beth-El soup kitchen. She used to be a part of the Trinity Choir of Men and Girls as well as the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Youth Orchestra. Willa is also a member of the Key Club. Some of her past awards include the Fairfield University Book Award and the Scholar-Athlete Award. Willa is a member of the Spanish National Honors Society, maintains a 4.14 GPA, and is consistently on the high honor roll.
Congratulations to Willa as she continues to do great things on and off the field! Climb the mountain!

RYAN PEARL
HAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Ryan Pearl is a member of the cross country and track teams at Hamden High School. He is also a volunteer at an elder care facility, a BBYO chapter member, and has devoted his time to helping the local animal hospital. His participation on these teams has helped his high school teams achieve high marks in many competitions. During his Junior year, Ryan ran in the New Balance High School National Track and Field Championship, anchoring the 1600 meter Sprint Medley Relay Team to a school record.
Recently, Ryan has added traveling experience to his resume. For the last two years, he has attended several different running related camps across the country, including ones in Colorado and Florida. Because of his wonderful personality, he has met many new friends and continues to correspond using social media.
Congratulations to Ryan as he continues to do great things on and off the field. Climb the mountain!

KATHLEEN KALBIAN
CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Kathleen Kalbian of Cheshire High School is a three-sport captain of the Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Lacrosse teams. She was selected to the New Haven Register’s All-Area team for all three sports. She has also been selected to the All-Housatonic, All-SCC, and All-State teams throughout her four years.
Additionally, Kathleen is a member of the English, Science, and National Honor Societies and maintains a weighted 4.088 GPA. Kathleen was an SCC Scholar Athlete and Meriden Record Journal Scholar Athlete in the fall of 2012. She is also a class of 2013 Senator and an active member of the Superintendent’s Luncheon Group, which meets once a month to discuss school issues and solutions. Kathleen is involved in a number of community service and leadership groups. She has been a volunteer at Relay for Life, the Mark Jardim Memorial Jog, and Cheshire Arts Day for a number of years.
Kathleen will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey in the fall of 2013. She will be playing lacrosse and running cross-country at Stevens as well.
Congratulations to Kathleen as she continues to do great things on and off the field! Climb the mountain!

ALI SPERRAZZA
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Ali Sperrazza of Sheehan High School is a member and captain of the Girls Volleyball team. Since she joined the team as an underclassman, she has shown a drive and determination well beyond her age. As a junior and senior, Ali was a key component of the success of the team being as she was a starter and would play the entire rotation as a defensive and offensive player. Not only did her skills shine through on the court, but her leadership skills did too. Her great skills and positive attitude were contagious on the court and she made an ideal role model for those girls that will be following in her footsteps.
This season, Ali was an All-SCC Housatonic League player, a member of the All-SCC Academic All-Star team, and a Class ‘M’ All-State player. Additionally, she is a four-year honor roll student, a girls volleyball coach at Walllingford Parks and Rec, and she does volunteer work with homeless veterans. Ali maintains a 3.84 GPA.

GREG SUPLINSKAS
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Greg Suplinskas, a junior at Sheehan High School, is a three year member of the Titan’s football team. He has been awarded the ALL-SCC academic team athlete award two years in a row. Greg was recently recognized as a Record Journal Scholar Athlete at Sheehan for his dedication to football and his rigorous academic schedule. He has earned two varsity letters for his commitment to football and was named Freshman Lineman Of The Year during his freshman year.
In addition to year round football training, Greg is a member of The Wallingford Peer Advocacy Group and is a participant in The Wallingford Rotary Club Next Generation Program. An active community service participant, Greg has offered his help at the annual Church of the Resurrection carnival and has volunteered his time at Relay for Life events to support The American Cancer Society. He recently volunteered for a walk to support Alzheimer’s awareness and participated in the holiday gift giving event organized by the Peer Advocacy Group. Greg is a member of several clubs at Sheehan, as well as a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and has consistently maintained a high honors academic standing with a cumulative 3.91 GPA. Greg is a CAPT scholar and is currently ranked 5th in his class out of 220 students.

CHRISTINA BEAULAC
BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Christina Beaulac of Branford High School was the captain of the girls Swimming and Diving team that won the Class M state championship in 2012. She was named to the All-SCC team and All-State team for three straight years. Christina is als
o a member of the varsity golf team.
Christina is a Capt Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, President of the National World Language Honor Society, and President of Model Congress. Christina also volunteers at Saint Rafael’s Elderly Hospital Care Center. Christina maintains a 3.78 GPA.

JARYD HOBBS
BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Jaryd Hobbs of Branford High School is a member of the varsity boy’s soccer and track teams. Some of his academic credentials include being a National Honor Society member, Capt Scholar, and maintaining a 3.99 GPA. He is the captain of both
the varsity soccer and track teams. In soccer, he was named to the SCC All-Oronoque, All-Area, All-State, and All-New England teams. In track, Jaryd holds the school record in the 55 meter hurdles.
Jaryd also went on Mission Trips from 2010-2013 to help rebuild houses.

KRISTEN GRABARZ
SHELTON HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Kristen Grabarz of Shelton High School is a member of the Girls Varsity Soccer team. Not only is she a superior student, ranked first in her class, but she has an incredible list of academic awards and honors she has earned since her freshm
an year.
Some of the community service she has done includes work for the Special Olympics, Relay for Life, SYSO, her Church, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. She is also an applicant for the NSCAA Academic Scholarship.

LAURA DAVIS
WETHERSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL (CT)Laura Davis of Wethersfield High School is a member of the girls varsity Swimming and Softball teams. Laura’s academic resume speaks volumes about her intellectual ability. She has taken the most difficult and challenging honors and advanced placement courses and has maintained a 3.9 GPA. She is sixth in her class of 291 students, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has received many academic awards.
By the end of this Spring, Laura will have earned 4 varsity letters not only in swimming, but also in softball. As a swimmer, she was selected to the All-Conference team for the past three years. In softball, she not only earned All-Conference honors as a pitcher for the past three years, but she also has been selected as captain of this year’s team. Her leadership is outstanding and her willingness to help others is evident in Laura volunteering at youth sports camps, at a food shelter, and at her church.

MAEGAN RODRIGUEZ
SACRED HEART ACADEMY (CT)
Maegan Rodriguez of Sacred Heart Academy has been a member of the Varsity Soccer and Varsity Softball teams for four years and is currently captain of the softball team. She was a part of the Sacred Heart Academy 2011 State Championship softball team and was named All-State honorable mention, New Haven Register All-Area, and two-year All-SCC.
Maegan continuously works hard on the field and in the classroom, currently holding a 3.3 GPA and volunteering in organizations such as Key-Club, Spanish Club, Athletic Hospitality Team, and SADD. She also received the Philip Paolella Jr. Memorial Scholarship and The Jack Viele award for her work with a child with a disability.
Maegan has worked at the Eli Whitney Museum for the past five years, participates in Relay for Life and volunteers at the David Hines Baseball Academy on Saturday mornings with girls who want to learn basic fundamentals of softball. Maegan is an accomplished student-athlete who is motivated and driven in everything she does on and off the field.

AALIYAH ROBINSON
WILBUR CROSS HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Aaliyah Robinson of Wilbur Cross High School is a 4-year varsity standout athlete in both volleyball and basketball. She is also captain of both teams this year. In volleyball, she was a 3-year All-Oronoque Division selection, a 2-year CHSCA All-State selection, a 2-year New Haven Register All-Area selection, and also the SCC Scholar-Athlete of the Month. In basketball, she was a one-year All-Oron…oque Division selection (2010-2011 school year), a one-year CHSCA All-State selection, a New Haven Tap-Off Club All County selection, and she reached the milestone of scoring 1,000 points during her senior year.
Academically, Aaliyah is a 3-year Honor Roll Student, a CAPT Scholar, a National Honor Society inductee, and has taken college classes at the University of New Haven. Aaliyah maintains a 3.9 GPA and has accepted a scholarship to Iona College to play basketball. She continues to excel on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.

TARA LEE
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Tara Lee of Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Connecticut is the type of student that every school needs. In the classroom, she is a solid student who is interested in learning and participating to the best of her abilities. A member of the SCC All-Academic teams for Field Hockey, Tara maintains a 3.7 GPA and has made the honor roll every semester while at Sheehan.
Outside of the classroom, she is very active on the athletic field. She is, and always has been, a three-sport athlete. In each of these sports, she is a true leader and has served as captain of the Indoor and Outdoor Track teams during her Junior and Senior Years. Her drive to work hard and participate sets an example to the rest of the athletes on the team. In addition, her strong relationships with her teammates allow them to freely talk to her and at the same time listen to her and follow her lead. Tara is the reigning SCC Conference and State Champion in the shot put as well as Housatonic Division Champion in discus. She was chosen to be a member of the New Haven Register All-Area teams for Indoor and Outdoor Track. She is the 2012 Indoor Class M State Champion for shot put and currently holds the school record in that event.
Tara has been a great asset to Sheehan High School and the Wallingford community as she is very involved in community service in the town. Her work with the Elks club has lead her to work with children in basketball and soccer leagues and has afforded her the opportunity to work with the Special Olympics Volleyball teams. An avid supporter of the American Cancer Society and Diabetes Association, Tara is instrumental in organizing and participating in fundraisers to support these organizations. She volunteers at the annual Vietnam Veteran’s Welcome Home Day Celebration and supports Vet Finders, an organization to aid the homeless veterans of the United States. Tara has committed to Bucknell University’s Track and Field team for next year.

ANDREW VARGA
HAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Andrew Varga of Hamden High School is a four-year varsity hockey player. He is a senior and is the starting goalie for the Hamden High School varsity ice hockey team, a team rich in high school hockey tradition with over 30 state titles. Andrew has played goalie since he was five-years-old and patiently waited for his turn to start. Most importantly, Andrew is getting it done in the classroom with a 4.7 GPA and is involved in community service.
Outside of sports and school, Andy is starting his own team for a walk for Alzheimer’s. Both of his grandparents have and had forms of this illness. After his grandmother passed away due the disease in December of 2011, Andy dedicated the rest of his season to her and to all other people who suffer from this disease. In terms of community service, Andy has worked at Brooksvale Park cleaning animal pens and other miscellaneous jobs. He has also helped out at the Hamden rink to help young players improve their game and intensity. He tries to push the kids to their best level and become the best athletes they can be.

SAVANNA REILLY
HAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Savanna Reilly of Hamden High School is the captain of the girls field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams. She finished as the leading scorer in the SCC, was first team All-State, first team All-SCC, and part of the New Haven Register’s All-Area team. Savanna was also named to the All-SCC first team for ice hockey. She will play field hockey at Quinnipiac University next year.
Outside of athletics, Savanna is a member of the House Leadership Council, was named the Superintendent’s Student of the Month in October of 2011, and has participated in the Play for the Cure (a game and fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness) in Field Hockey. Additionally, Savanna has participated in the Best Buddies Walk, the Walk for Autism, and the Special Olympics. She is a high honors student at Hamden High School.

ALEC LYNDE
LYMAN HALL HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Alec Lynde of Lyman Hall High School is the captain of the varsity hockey team. He is the Senior Class Treasurer, the Student Council President, and was the Junior Class President from 2010-2011. Alec is also part of the Wallingford Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee (Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee). He is also a writer and editor for the Lyman Hall PATH Magazine.
Alec is on the High Honor Roll with a 4.075 GPA. His AP Coursework includes World History, United States History, United States Government, Comparative Government, Economics, Chemistry, English 3, English 4, Spanish 5, Physics, and Calculus. Some of his honors and awards include: AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Honor Society Member, and a member of the SCC All-Academic Team last year.
Alec is also part of a number of fundraisers, groups, and charities in Wallingford. Some of these include Wallingford Peer Advocates and Wallingford Family Day.

MIKE TROIANO
WEST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Mike Troiano of West Haven High School is an icon for all student-athletes. As a varsity hockey player, he has had to overcome a great deal of adversity both on the ice and in life this season. Even after the loss of his younger sister in the first week of this season, Mike is off to a great start and has 19 goals in his first five games. His academic and athletic successes are a testament to his mental fortitude and resilience.

MICHAEL VESSICCHIO
EAST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Michael Vessicchio is the captain of the East Haven varsity basketball team. He is averaging 15 points per game, is a very good leader, and an excellent role model. Michael is a National Honor Society student and received the New Haven Gridiron Club Scholar-Athlete Award for football this year. He is also involved in student leadership clubs, ROPES and SADD. Outside of basketball, Michael also plays football and tennis.
Michael’s college choices are UConn, Fairfield and Providence College. He gets it done both on the court and in the classroom.

KELSEY CUDDY
DANIEL HAND HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Kelsey Cuddy of Daniel Hand High School has been the leading scorer on the Hand varsity basketball team since her sophomore season. As a senior, she has emerged as one of the top players in the area. She is currently averaging 20 points per game, 12 rebounds per game, 4 steals per game and 4 blocks per game. She is on pace to surpass 1,000 points for her career. Kelsey gets it done on the court and in the classroom with a 3.4 GPA.

JAKE SAVOCA
DANIEL HAND HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Jake Savoca of Daniel Hand High School is on the varsity wrestling team and is currently undefeated this season. His accolades include being the 2011 SCC Champion, the 2011 Class L State Champion, the 2011 State Open Championships 4th Place finisher, a New England Championship Qualifier, a 2012 Berlin Invite Champion, and a 2012 Danbury Invite Champion. Outside of wrestling, Jake excels in the classroom and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

MARIA WESELYJ
MERCY HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Maria Weselyj of Mercy High School is a varsity basketball player who achieves greatness on the court and in the classroom. As a Junior point guard, she has been a two-year starter and a three-year varsity letter winner. She averages 19.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, and 2.9 assists per game. Outside of basketball, Maria’s GPA of well-above a 3.0 is a testament to her desire to achieve in all facets of life.

MELISSA GUILLEMETTE
BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Melissa Guillemette of Branford High School is the captain of the varsity girls soccer, basketball, and outdoor track teams. In 2008, she was named Rookie of the Year on her soccer team. Melissa was also given the Heart and Hustle Award for her soccer team in 2010. In both 2010 and 2011 she was also selected as an All-Oronoque player in soccer. For basketball, Melissa was named the Most Improved Player during her freshmen year and was given the Free Throw Award in 2010-2011.
In track, Melissa was named Rookie of the Year in 2009 and finished in 7th place in the 4×100 meter relay and 3rd place in the 4×400 meter relay at the SCC West Sectional Meet 2011. She also finished in 2nd place in the 2011 State Class MM 4×400 Relay.
Academically, Melissa is a high honors student for all four-years, maintains a 4.04 GPA, and was a school winner for the Wendy High School Heisman Scholar-Athlete. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and the World Language National Honor Society. She is a volunteer at St. Mary School’s Kitchen and works at the Little Hornet Soccer Clinic.

SAM PORYANDA
BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Sam Poryanda of Branford High School is achieving success on and off the court as the captain of both the varsity basketball and outdoor track teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society, World Language National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, President of the Italian American Club, a CAPT Scholar and maintains a 4.15 GPA and High Honors every semester.
Sam has recently been nominated as a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award for outstanding leadership and character. Also, he has been named a SCC Scholar Athlete of the month. Off the court, Sam displays a strong sense of altruism. He is an active member in the SARAH Tuxis organization, which aids the mentally challenged. Recently, Sam organized a basketball clinic to develop the fundamentals of the game and to have some fun in an active way. Most importantly, Sam created and directed a fundraiser named “Shoot for SARAH Tuxis” which raised money to benefit a club within the SARAH organization. Sam is truly climbing the mountain to success.

SEBASTIAN LITTLE
CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Sebastian Little, a remarkable student-athlete from Cheshire High School, is climbing the mountain and on his way to achieve greatness. Vice President of the class of 2012, Little is also a Link Crew member, a peer health educator, on the Superintendent Panel, and volunteers for Church community service.
An extraordinary football player, Little accounted for 20 points as a wide receiver in a victory over Hamden High School on September 16th, 2011. He had two touchdown catches, a two-yard rushing touchdown, and a two-point conversion on a rush. On top of football, Little maintains above a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society
Sebastian’s photos are courtesy of Cheshire Trott Shots.

MARIA BLOIS
CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Cheshire High School student-athlete Maria Blois has achieved success both on and off the athletic field for as long as she can remember. Outside of sports, Blois volunteers at homeless shelters, works part-time on a nearby farm, and is a member of Best Buddies, which is a nonprofit organization devoted to developing and maintaining a worldwide volunteer program that facilitates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment growth and leadership progression for people who suffer from intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also the Co-Founder of the Health Wellness Club.
Maria, who excels in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse, maintains an excellent GPA on top of her athletic commitments and community service time. She is an exceptional model of success for Achieve Athletics and is an icon for student-athletes all around the world.

NICOLE BOISVERT
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Nicole Boisvert of Sheehan High School is an incredible student-athlete who continuously shows commitment and dedication to both her academics and athletics. Nicole, currently ranked 6th in her senior class, has been a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council for two years and has received several academic awards such as Varsity Scholar, Connecticut Academic Performance Test Scholar, and the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award and Scholarship. Nicole balances her academics with several athletic activities such as softball and volleyball. In volleyball, Nicole serves as a captain and has received awards such as SCC All-Conference, SCC Scholar Athlete, and Record Journal Scholar Athlete. Her extracurricular community activities include four years of Funny/Mega Muscles Mentor, four years of volunteering at Gaylord Hospital, a volunteer of Relay for Life, People to People, Peer Advocates, and a local Church.

RYAN HACKETT
BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Ryan Hackett of Branford High School is achieving success both on and off the field as the captain of his cross country team, he is the President of Model Congress for his class, a Model Congress Officer, and a member of the National Honor Society. He is also the 2011 First Male Race Coordinator for the 8th Annual Tommy Sullivan’s Breast Cancer run for the ribbons. Ryan balances academics with athletics as he maintains a 4.1 GPA and leads his team on the athletic field.

CARLEY WETED
BRANFORD HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Carley Weted of Branford High School is a member of the National Honor Society, the Girl’s Nation Senator, Captain of the Girl’s Swim Team, a member of Big Brother/Big Sister and part of the Youth Group of First Congressional Church. Her captaincy of the swim team along with her community service and charitable work leads her to be an outstanding Achieve Athletics Feature Athlete.

EMIR KULJANCIC
WETHERSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Emir Kuljancic of Wethersfield High School is a great young man who has overcome many obstacles that may have limited another’s perspective on life. Emir was born in Bosnia and lived through the Bosnian War. This war devastated the Bosnian population incredibly, tore apart families and destroyed the dreams of their people. Emir’s father took his family (his wife, Emir, and Emir’s sisters) to a safe haven, then returned to the war to help his fellow Bosnians. Mr. Kuljancic was shot in the neck upon his return to help others, but survived. Emir was a child when this occurred, but remembers it very well.
Emir was just 8 years old when he came to the US. When Emir registered for third grade, it was the first time he had ever been in school. Having started school in Hartford for the first time and not knowing the language, Emir had to work very hard to be a serious student. He accepted this challenge and integrated in all facets of the school when he came to Wethersfield. Emir has emerged, in just two years, to be an outstanding football player and very well-liked by his peers. This year, Emir has been selected as an All-State Football Player (Defensive Tackle). Emir could go to college right away, but he is intent on becoming a better student and would like to attend Cushing Academy in the Fall of 2012.
Please support Emir as he continues to climb the mountain and achieve greatness!

CLARK SHURTLEFF
AMITY HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Clark Shurtleff of Amity Regional High School is a four-year member of the boys cross country team who was an All-State and New Haven Register All-Area selection and captain of the team this season. Clark is also a four-year member of both the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams. Recently, he was selected to the All-State, All-New England, and New Haven Register All-Area teams for Indoor Track.

COLBY CHAMPAGNE
AMITY HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Colby Champagne of Amity Regional High School is a four-year member and current captain of the girls swim team. She represents a very integral part of this team, which is currently undefeated. Colby is also a member of National Honor, Art Honor, and Spanish Honor Societies. She is also a CAPT scholar who is a volunteer for many community service activities such as Special Olympics, Red Cross Blood Drive, and Relay for Life. Colby is a well-rounded student-athlete who also finds time to give back to her community.

CONNOR FALAGUERRA
JONATHAN LAW HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Connor Falaguerra of Jonathan Law High School is a four-year member of the Football and Baseball teams, recently earning SCC All-Academic membership in both sports. Outside of athletics, he is also a bat boy for Bluefish, a volunteer at the Christ of Redeemer Church Picnic, and the Latin, Music, and Business Award recipient for the top student in the class.

MICHAEL MASTROIANNI
XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Michael Mastroianni of Xavier High School is a three-year varsity football player and current captain of the team. He is also the Student Activities Council Vice President, National Honor Society member, part of the Senior Gift Committee, and a volunteer at the Church’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. Michael is a member of both the indoor and outdoor track teams. He gives his best effort on and off the field, from sunrise to sunset!

ERIN HILLIS
SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Erin Hillis of Sacred Heart Academy has been the goalie on the Field Hockey team for four seasons. Due to an operation, she missed three games at the end of this year’s season. Erin has also played softball for two years.
Outside of athletics, Erin maintains a 4.1 GPA. She is Vice President of the Student Council, President of SADD, President of Key Club, and a member of the National Honor Society. Erin is also involved in the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, the Campus Ministry, part of the Outreach Program, Peer Connection, and has been a volunteer at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital for the past four years on the Oncology Floor.
Erin is an advocate for the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) and is Founder and organizer of the Farmington Canal Trail 5K Walk for Pediatric Dysmotility Disorders. She has helped coach basketball at the Bret Nichols Basketball Camp in the summer, St. Mary’s St. Michael’s School JV basketball team, and coaches baseball for Derby Little League. She is also a member of the school orchestra.

TIM FENGLER
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Tim Fengler of Sheehan High School is an outstanding student as displayed by his membership in the National Honor Society and making the all SCC All-Academic Team in all three seasons every year. Tim is an extraordinary athlete, receiving a varsity letter every year in cross-country (number two runner), indoor track, and outdoor track. Tim excels in community service as demonstrated by his active membership in boy scouts (he is an Eagle Scout), CREW (Community Revitalization Efforts of Wallingford) and his church youth group. Tim also displays amazing leadership and involvement at Sheehan as a class officer, captain of the cross-country team, member of the pep band, jazz band, marching band, Frisbee club and French club.

THOMAS BASSINE
FORAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Thomas Bassine of Foran High School succeeds both on and off the athletic field. A varsity Cross Country and Track runner, Thomas is also ranked #1 in his senior class, a member of the National Honor Society, as well as a member of Natural Helpers and the Science-Lion Team. Thomas maintains a steady 4.2 GPA on top of his athletic commitments and community service dedication.

TESS GILDEA
FORAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Therese “Tess” Gildea of Foran High School achieves tremendous success both in and out of the swimming pool. Ranked sixth in her senior class, Tess is also the President and Founder of the UNICEF chapter at Foran High Schol, a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies, an annual High Honors constituent, and a volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Tess excels on the girl’s varsity swimming team and maintains a 4.0 GPA on top of her community service and charitable work.

ISABELLE JACOBSON
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Isabelle Jacobson of Sheehan High School is a member of the Girls Tennis team. Isabelle is many things, and among them are a scholar, athlete, and community servant. She is currently ranked #2 student in her class, and she did so while taking the most rigorous schedule possible. She is also the doubles leader on the Girls Tennis team.
Outside of athletics, Isabelle is also involved with a number of community events, and is connected to a myriad of Sheehan clubs and activities.
Please support Isabelle as she continues to climb the mountain and achieve greatness!

KEVIN THOMPSON
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Kevin Thompson, a junior from Sheehan High School, has emerged as a strong leader on the Boys Tennis team. He currently has an individual record of 9 wins and 3 losses (through May 15th, 2012), while playing in both singles and doubles positions in the line-up.

In the classroom, Kevin is a highly respected honors student with a 4.0 GPA. In April, Kevin traveled with his school group CREW (Community Revitalization Efforts of Wallingford) to Alabama to build houses with Habitat for Humanity after recent tornado destruction. Kevin exemplifies what a student-athlete should be and is a valued member of his tennis team, his school, and his community.
Please support Kevin as he continues to climb the mountain and achieve greatness!

TIM DESSUREAU
EAST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Tim Dessureau of East Haven High School is a great leader both on and off the tennis court. As a member of the boys tennis team, he has demonstrated tremendous workmanship with himself and others during the season. As a captain, he has shown an outstanding commitment to our tennis program from playing in our varsity lineup to helping with fundraising activities off the court.
utside of athletics, Tim maintains a 4.2 GPA and is an outstanding model for student-athletes all around the world.
Please support Tim as he continues to climb the mountain and achieve greatness!

AMARIAH LEM
EAST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Amariah Lem of East Haven High School is a natural leader that brings a “calm” to her girls tennis team during stressful moments. She is ranked 4th out of her class of 164 students, maintains a 4.2 GPA, and has been involved in community service around town for years.
Please support Amariah as she continues to climb the mountain and achieve greatness!

CODY ALBERT
SHEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Cody Albert of Sheehan High School is currently a junior on the varsity ice hockey team. On the ice, he leads the team in points. Off the ice, he has donated many hours in helping the Wallingford Youth Hockey Learn to Skate program. He is a true leader and always sets a good example for others to follow both on and off the ice. Cody possesses the character traits of being a true scholar-athlete.

YAWEI BI AMITY
HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Yawei Bi of Amity High School is a conscientious and diligent student with a wide array of talents. As a member of the indoor track team, she is a well- rounded young lady who is optimistic, responsible and works hard in all aspects of her life.
Yawei is involved in several musical programs and a number of community service activities as well as being a member of the athletic program.

CRYSTAL MANSI
EAST HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL (CT)
Crystal Mansi of East Haven High School is a special leader and role model for all student-athletes. She is captain of both the Indoor and Outdoor Track teams and was a member of the wrestling team during her freshman and sophomore years. She is ranked 12th in her class and is a member of the National Honor Society. Additionally, Crystal is involved with HOSA (Health, Occupations, Students of America). She is also the East Haven High School CAS-CIAC female scholar-athlete of the year.

TAULANT IBRAJ
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL (NY)
Taulant Ibraj of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in New York, NY competes at a high level both in the community, in the classroom, and on the court. He maintains a commendable GPA and completes 20 hours of community service each year, all while leading the varsity basketball team in scoring.

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