On March 8, the Connecticut High School Coach Association named the 2020 All-Academic team for fall season, honoring a half dozen Glastonbury High School student-athletes.
Cross country runners Casey MacElhiney and Emma Smith were honored.
MacElhiney said, “Being selected as All Academic means dedication. Different from other athletic awards, being named All Academic recognizes hard work in both sports and school. As an athlete, school has always been my top priority. As a student athlete, I work hard to balance my academic career with my athletic career and put my maximum effort into both.”
Smith added, “Being all-state and academic all-state means so much. In a year where so much was taken away from us, I have learned to appreciate the opportunities that have been given to us. I know I, and all the other seniors have worked so hard these past four years, only for it to end on a year without the chance to win states or stand at the start line of Wickham along with 500 other girls. I am beyond happy that I received recognition for the hard work I’ve put in throughout my high school career.”
Field hockey players Caitlin Gallagher, Mary Norman, and Abby Peterson were also selected.
Peterson stated, “When I found out I was selected for the All-Academic team, I was deeply honored. Being an athlete at GHS is more than just the work you put in on the field, but also the work you put in the classroom. Having the ability to manage both a high intensity sport and a demanding course load has taught me the true meaning of perseverance and success. This recognition is very important to me because as I continue my academic and athletic career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute playing field hockey this fall, I will continue to strive for excellence on and off the field.”
Swimmer Caroline Cermignani also received the distinguished honor.
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