Congratulations to Andrea Pettinico '17 and Antonio D'Amelio '17, the two Holy Cross High School recipients of the 2016-2017 Scholar-Athlete Awards, given by the Connecticut Association of Schools. "This award recognizes four years of dedication and commitment to both academic and athletic achievements," said Meg Dwyer '05, Director of Student Activities. "As a school community, we are very proud that these two individuals represented us and received this prestigious award."
"This was such an honor," said Antonio. "We were surrounded by some of the greatest minds at this dinner. It is an incredible feeling to be recognized among everyone else."
According to the Connecticut Association of Schools' official website, "The Scholar-Athlete Program annually recognizes two high school seniors – one boy and one girl – from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage."
In addition to being three-sport athletes, Andrea (basketball, volleyball and track) and Antonio (soccer, swimming and track) have an intense academic workload consisting of mostly Advanced Placement and Honors courses.
How do they manage to find balance? "I had to work on my time management," said Andrea. "I made sure I got my school work done before I did anything else even if it meant bringing a text book to a game to study."
Since its inception, the Annual Connecticut High School Scholar-Athlete Awards Program and Banquet has honored over four thousand outstanding graduating seniors in Connecticut high schools. It has become the premier annual event in Connecticut's education community, looked forward to by the member high schools of Connecticut as the opportunity to recognize student excellence in academics, athletics and school and community leadership. In excess of 1,600 people attend the Banquet at the Aqua Turf in Southington each year.