Graduating senior athletes and their families gathered Monday at New Canaan High School for the 36th Annual Varsity Senior Athletes’ Picnic & Athletic Awards.
The event, which celebrates the achievements of seniors who participated in a varsity sport during their time at the high school, traditionally is held outdoors at Waveny, but was moved to the NCHS gymnasium this year due to weather concerns.
With family members and coaches present, each senior athlete was awarded a plaque in recognition of his or her contribution.
A handful of students received special honors, as follows:
- Firstly, the Vin Iovino Scholarship Award was granted to field hockey star Mariana Ferreira, diving captain Katie Kushner, and football player Chris White. Named for former NCHS coach Vin Iovino, the scholarship is granted to senior athletes who exemplify the qualities of leadership, loyalty, and humility.
- For their dedication to promoting and supporting New Canaan High School Athletics, and for their unapologetic pride in their identity as Rams, Abby Crowley and James Freyre received the School Spirit Award.
The Rotary Club of New Canaan-sponsored School Service Award, which rewards students who have freely given their time and effort to the athletic programs in which they partake, went to Ryan O’Connell, Molly Keshin, and Francesca Guynn for their devotion to football, softball, and volleyball respectively.
- All-star softball player Rachel Keshin and multiple-sport athlete Jack Hoelzer were awarded the Sportsmanship Award in recognition of their respect for coaches, teammates, and competitors. The award puts special emphasis on these recipients’ high character.
The Unsung Hero Award was established to pay tribute to dedicated athletes who, despite their hard work, never really stepped into the limelight. This year, these “behind the scenes” people were Molly Rochlin, Tim Russo, and Spencer Williams.
- Finally, the Sikorski Memorial Award was given to Lauren Carlson and Drew Morris, two senior athletes who possess the values of loyalty, leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication that make up the foundation of “Ram Pride.”