Newington High School announced the four finalists for the Joyce Jamer Award and the George Brinley Award, awarded annually to the most outstanding senior female and male multisport athletes who, in the opinion of the head coaches, have shown outstanding achievement, have brought recognition to Newington High School or the town, and have been an inspiration to their teammates and to the student body.
The 2019-2020 finalists for the Joyce Jamer Award are Reagan Pelton and Lindsay Weaver.
Pelton played soccer, lacrosse, and participated in indoor track & field during her time at NHS. On the soccer field, she was 2x All-Conference selection and was a CGCSA Senior Bowl participant. She also earned All-Conference in lacrosse as a junior, scoring 27 goals in 2019. On the track, she was a captain and member of the school’s record-breaking Sprint Medley Relay squad.
Weaver starred in both swimming and tennis. She earned All-Conference and was the team MVP in the pool, participating in the Class L finals in the 200 Medley Relay, 50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, and 200 Freestyle Relay. On the tennis courts, Weaver played #1 doubles and was a team captain.
The finalists for the George Brinley Award are Keenan Esau and Gunnar Johnson.
Esau excelled at football and volleyball. On the gridiron, he was a two-year captain who was an All-State selection this season, as well as All-Conference and the team’s defensive MVP. Esau was also a starter on back-to-back state championship volleyball teams (2018 & 2019) and was an Academic All-Conference member.
Johnson was a three-year varsity player and a captain in both baseball and football. On the diamond, he was a 2x All-State and All-Conference player, and also earned All-Conference in football this past season. Johnson will play baseball at the next level, committing to Wofford College.
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