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Cassidy McClement of Waterford-Halfmoon Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

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Cassidy McClement of Waterford-Halfmoon Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

ALBANY, NY – Cassidy McClement, a senior at Waterford-Halfmoon High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Cassidy, who competes in soccer, indoor track and outdoor track & field, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Cassidy was the Valedictorian of her class at Waterford-Halfmoon. She is a President of the National Honor Society and was the Treasurer for the Class of 2024. Cassidy was in the top 10 of her class in all four years of high school.

Athletically, Cassidy was a three-time individual sectional champion in outdoor track. She is the school record holder in the 100, 200, long jump and the 4×1. She was a member of the back-to-back Class C Girls Soccer State Championship teams at Waterford-Halfmoon and earned Wasaren League All Star honors in soccer. She was a All-League First Team soccer selection and was a Third Team All State honoree. Cassidy served as captain of the Waterford-Halfmoon soccer team in her senior year.

Cassidy’s community service includes volunteering for the food drives for the Town of Waterford. She also volunteers for the town’s Dragon Boat Event, which benefits To Life, a cancer charity. She works the blood drives at the school through the American Red Cross.

Cassidy becomes the second student-athlete from Waterford-Halfmoon High School to be selected by CDSWOY. Addyson Galuski was honored in 2023.

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on July 15.

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Leonni Griffin of Shaker Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

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Leonni Griffin of Shaker Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

ALBANY, NY – Leonni Griffin, a senior at Shaker High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Leonni, who competes in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track & field, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Leonni had a 95 GPA while excelling in rigorous coursework that included 14 college credits from the State of New York. She is an active member in the Latin Club and the Business Club. She is expected to receive a New York State Advanced Regents Diploma. Leonni has been on the high honor roll and honor roll during her time at Shaker. She a four-time recipient of the NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Award.

Athletically, Leonni was the cross country team MVP for three years. She has broken several school records on the track, including the 300m, 600m, 800m and 20m hurdles as well as SMR and the 4×800. She has received Indoor Track and Outdoor Track Team MVP honors for five years. Leonni is the state champion for the 600m indoor race and was second in the Federation in 2024. She also was fourth in the state for the outdoor 800m twice in her career. She was invited to the prestigious Millrose Games two straight seasons, in the 4×800 in 2023 and 600m in 2024 (she ranked 10th in the country in the 600m this past season). Her time of 1:33.06 holds the 600m record in Section 2 and she is a three-time Track & Field All-American (Nike, New Balance, AAU and Junior Olympics). Leonni has been a member of the Albany Allycats travel soccer club for eight years and has played semi-professional soccer for the New York Shockers for two years.

Leonni’s community service includes volunteering for the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club, where she helps work the water stop at a marathon each year. She serves as a mentor, role model and source of inspiration for younger runners and volunteers her time supporting the youth cross country and track community programs.

Leonni becomes the first student-athlete from Shaker High School to be selected by CDSWOY.

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on July 12.

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Katie Pascale of University at Albany Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

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Katie Pascale of University at Albany Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

ALBANY, NY – Katie Pascale, a senior at the University at Albany, has been named as one of the three collegiate award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Katie, who competes in lacrosse, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Katie had a 3.64 GPA and graduated with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Business. She was a three-time America East All-Academic Team honoree and was a two-time America East Women’s Lacrosse Spring Scholar-Athlete. She was the SUNY Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was selected to the 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team and the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll that season. Katie was a two-time America East Honor Roll honoree and was selected to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Athletically, Katie was on the 2024 Tewaaraton Award Watch List and was a 2024 Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-America Honorable Mention and Preseason All-America Honorable Mention honoree. She was a two-time America East Midfielder of the Year (2023 and 2024) and a two-time Inside Lacrosse All-America Honorable Mention selection. Katie was a two-time IWLCA All-Region Second Team selection as well as a 2022 IWLCA All-Region First Team selection. In 2023, she made All-ECAC and was the America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player. A three-time America East All-Conference First Team performer, she made the America East All-Tournament Team twice. During her career she also had received honors as a pre-season offensive player of the year, rookie of the year, six-time player of the week, and five-time rookie of the week. Katie holds UAlbany career records in points, assists, draw controls and single season draw controls and single game points. She holds the America East tournament record for single game points. She suffered a major knee injury that caused her to miss most of the final five games of the 2024 season. Before that injury, she ranked ninth among NCAA Division I players in points per game and was fourth among all active Division I players in career assists and career assists per game. She is the first woman in UAlbany lacrosse history, and third overall including men’s lacrosse, to record 300 points in a career. She is the fifth women’s lacrosse player and seventh overall in America East to record that mark. Katie suffered a major head injury playing basketball in high school that required her to be resuscitated, and the injury nearly ended her athletics career.

Katie’s community service includes assisting in cleaning up Madison Park, youth sessions with CityLax, a Communities Day Clinic, Women’s Sports Day, and Gift of Life. She had worked with the Tunnel of Towers Foundation and volunteers as a youth coach.

Katie becomes the third University at Albany student-athlete to be selected by CDSWOY in the organization’s five-year history. She joins Amanda Chambers (2023) and Katie Falotico (2022).

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on July 10.

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Taylor Holohan of Averill Park Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

Taylor Holohan of Averill Park Named to 2024 CDSWOY Class

ALBANY, NY – Taylor Holohan, a senior at Averill Park High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Taylor, who competes in basketball, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Taylor had an 87.22 GPA and ranked 93rd in her class. She had a 92 GPA throughout her first three quarters of her senior year and made the Honor Roll.

Athletically, Taylor was a varsity basketball player for five years. She will attend Northeastern University in the fall on a full athletic scholarship. Four of her teams won the Section 2 Championship (there were no sectionals in her freshman year due to the covid pandemic). She was a member of three NYSPHSAA regional championships, and a New York State Class A championship. Taylor was a two-time Section 2 Class A Tournament Most Valuable Player and was a Section 2 Class AA Tournament MVP in her senior season. She was named the MVP of the Averill Park Tip Off Tournament in both her junior and senior seasons. Taylor was the Suburban Council Player of the Year in 2022-23 and 2023-24 and received the Albany Times Union Large School Player of the Year honor in both of those seasons. Taylor was the team’s Most Improved Player as a sophomore and the Team’s Most Outstanding Player in her junior and senior seasons. Also, athletically, she played for an Under Armour sponsored travel team, the New York Havoc, for five years. Out of all players on the 32 Under Armour teams in the league, she was ranked in the top five for points in her sophomore year. For her 2023 season, she was ranked second in blocks per game and third for most productive interior scoring. She was also a McDonald’s All-American Nominee in 2024.

Taylor’s community service includes volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, making meals and baked goods with family for people staying at the facility. Throughout her seasons she volunteered for the Averill Park Youth Basketball program, and she also assisted at a food pantry. Taylor has volunteered to hand out thanksgiving meals with Equinox and works in the track and field events for the Special Olympics when they happen locally.

Taylor becomes the fourth Averill Park student-athlete to be selected by CDSWOY in the organization’s five-year history. She joins Michelina Lombardi (2022), Anna Jankovic (2021) and Lydia Ware (2020). Lombardi and Ware each were also recipients of the Grand Scholastic Woman of the Year Award in their year.

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on July 8.

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Kennedy Swedick of The Albany Academies Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

Kennedy Swedick of The Albany Academies Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

ALBANY, NY – Kennedy Swedick, a senior at The Albany Academies, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Kennedy, who competes in golf, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Kennedy graduated as the Salutatorian. She carried a 4.24 GPA, scored a 1570 on her SAT and a 35 on her ACT, and is a member of Cum Laude. She also received a Harvard Book Award.

Athletically, Kennedy won the NYS Women’s Amateur Championship as a 15 year old. This year she made it to the Quarterfinals in the US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship in San Antonio, Texas. She won her third straight NYSPHSAA Girls’ Golf Championship, shooting 8 under par for the tournament. She won the NENY PGA Section qualifier shooting 11 under par for the tournament and will play in her fifth straight Girls’ PGA Jr. Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Kennedy was a co-medalist at the U.S. Girls’ Jr. Qualifier, shooting three under par for the tournament. She will play in her fourth straight U.S. Girls’ Jr. Championship at El Caballero Country Club in Los Angeles, California. This month, Kennedy is competing in the AJGA Ralph Lauren Junior Classic at Bethpage – Black Course. She will compete at the University of Virginia and the team’s first tournament in September will be in Japan.

Kennedy’s community service includes volunteering for the Special Olympics, where she worked with the golfing competitors. She also worked with Camp Abilities Saratoga, a sports camp for children and teens who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind. Finally, for several years she assisted with the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (VBOB), a World War II association that celebrates and puts on luncheons and programs for the veterans who served, as Kennedy’s own Great-Grandfather was killed in action in the Battle. She becomes the first student-athlete from The Albany Academies to be selected by CDSWOY.

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on July 1.

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Isabella Miller of Fonda-Fultonville Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

Isabella Miller of Fonda-Fultonville Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

ALBANY, NY – Isabella Miller, a senior at Fonda-Fultonville High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Isabella, who competes in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Isabella received the Xerox Award from the University of Rochester for the Highest Cumulative Average during her high school career. She also received the Highest Average in Algebra honor, the Excellence in AP Biology award and Excellence in Anatomy & Physiology and Highest Average in Geometry honor. Isabella was third in her graduating class at Fonda-Fultonville and made the Principal’s List in each of her four years.

Athletically, Isabella was presented the Section II Class C Sportsmanship Award at the New York State Cross Country Meet. Isabella was a two-time Most Valuable Cross Country Runner for Fonda-Fultonville as well as a two-time Best Distance Runner in Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. She was named a WAC All-Star all four years and qualified for the State Cross Country Championship Meet in 2023. Other honors included Dedicated Cross Country Runner and Best Newcomer for Indoor Track. For 2023, she was the Ken Smith Bi-County Female Track Athlete of the Meet and in 2024 she was the Overall Female Athlete of the Meet. In her senior season, Isabella was the MVP for both Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. She also received the WAC Scholarship Award.

Isabella’s community service includes serving an internship at the Neural Stem Cell Institute in Rensselaer. She was a Ronald McDonald House volunteer and at Conbeer’s Farm as well as serving as a volunteer coach at a Learn to Row Summer Camp. She also received the Seal of Civic Readiness. At graduation, Isabella will be receiving the Community Service Award for completing over 300 community service hours during her time at Fonda-Fultonville.

Isabella becomes the second Fonda-Fultonville student-athlete selected by CDSWOY. She joins Emma Crahan, who was selected in 2023.

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on June 28.

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Talia Spenziero of Siena Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

Talia Spenziero of Siena Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

ALBANY, NY – Talia Spenziero, a senior at Siena College, has been named as one of the three collegiate award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Talia, who competes in swimming & diving, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Talia graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Health Studies at Siena. She earned an Outstanding Academic Athlete Award and received the distinguished Alpha Kappa Alpha membership award, which is the highest award granted to a Siena Honor Society member. Talia was a two-time CSC (College Sports Communicators) Academic All-District Selection. She earned MAAC All-Academic and MAAC Academic Honor Roll recognition throughout her collegiate career.

Athletically, Talia was a five-time All-MAAC Diver at Siena. She finished second in one-meter diving and fourth in three-meter diving at the 2024 MAAC Swimming & Diving Championships. A six-time MAAC Diver of the Week in the 2023-24 season, Talia received 11 weekly MAAC honors during her career. She was the 2023 MAAC One-Meter Diving Champion and was the MAAC Co-Diver of the Meet at that championship event. She is a two-time NCAA Diving Zone Regional Qualifier (2022 and 2023), and a one-time competitor in that meet.

Talia’s community service includes her time as a Global Medical Volunteer at Oaxaca, Mexico in 2022. Weekdays, she spent five hours every morning learning about the disparities in the healthcare system and the struggles of those with lower incomes. She volunteers at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and at Albany Medical Center. At Albany Med, Talia provides activities at the children’s hospital. She is a member of the Red Cross Club at Siena, where she assists in service events including blood drives, fundraising management, 5K runs, and food drives. She also coaches for the Siena swim clinic.

Talia becomes the second Siena College student-athlete selected by CDSWOY. She joins Olivia Lomascolo, who was selected in 2023.

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on June 26.

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Ariana Dingley of Lansingburgh Named to 2024 CDSWOY Class

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Ariana Dingley of Lansingburgh Named to CDSWOY Class of 2024

ALBANY, NY – Ariana Dingley, a senior at Lansingburgh High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Ariana, who competes in bowling, soccer and softball, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Ariana was the Valedictorian of the Class of 2024 at Lansingburgh with a 99+ average. She earned High Honor Roll recognition in each marking period in grades seven through 12 and is a member of the National Honor Society. Ariana received the Rensselaer Medal for outstanding academic achievement in mathematics and science. She also was awarded the Certificate of Merit, given by the new York State Capital District Society of Engineers. Ariana performed at the All-County Band Music Festival.

Athletically, Ariana was a Colonial Council Co-Defensive Girls Soccer Player of the Year and Team Most Valuable Player during her career. She was a two-time First Team Section 2 Class B Girls Soccer All-Star. She was a two-time Colonial Council First Team All-Star in bowling, and served as a captain in all three sports, bowling, soccer and softball.

Ariana’s community service includes assisting nursing home residents at Heritage House. She was a volunteer for Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club and assisted with numerous fund raisers and events and also placing flags on headstones for the Lansingburgh Veteran’s club. Ariana was the treasurer of her class in all four years of high school, and her activities included Odyssey of the Mind, SADD Club, and working on school musicals.

Ariana becomes the first Lansingburgh High School student-athlete selected by CDSWOY since the program began in 2020.

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on June 24.

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MacKenna Roberson of Hoosick Falls Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

MacKenna Roberson Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

ALBANY, NY – MacKenna Roberson, a senior at Hoosick Falls High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

MacKenna, who competes in basketball, field hockey and softball, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets are available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, MacKenna has been a scholar-athlete each year since seventh grade. She has been named to the Principal List and Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.

Athletically, MacKenna received the Triple Crown Award at Hoosick Falls for four years and was the basketball team’s Rookie of the Year Award recipient in her freshman year. She was a two-time basketball Most Valuable Player and a two-time First Team All-Star in field hockey. In 2023, she was named to the All-State Team in field hockey.

MacKenna’s community service includes volunteering for the EC Fund and working in the Hoosick Falls Waterworks program. She assisted youth in making projects for loved ones for Christmas and helped coach youth programs for basketball and field hockey. She was a volunteer at the Karen Magovern Volleyball Tournaments and assisted teachers in cleaning classrooms. MacKenna volunteered at the HACA Food Pantry and Christmas Wish Work program. She assisted the Town of Hoosick Falls in work for the town and mentored at the Town of Hoosick Falls Youth Center.

MacKenna becomes the first Hoosick Falls High School student-athlete selected by CDSWOY since the program began in 2020.

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on June 21.

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Amber Kolpakas of Galway Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

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Amber Kolpakas of Galway Named to CDSWOY 2024 Class

ALBANY, NY – Amber Kolpakas, a senior at Galway High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2024 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization.

Amber, who competes in basketball, softball and volleyball, will be recognized at the Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets will be available online at proctors.org or at the Proctors Box Office in July.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year organization (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. More information is provided at the website: cdswoy.com.

Academically, Amber ranks 10th in her class at Galway. Athletically, Amber was a three-time First Team All-State selection in volleyball and was a two-time league Most Valuable Player and Offensive Most Valuable Player twice each. She was a four-time Section 2 First Team All-Star and was selected to the Albany Times Union Section 2 All-Star team, the only small school player selected. She made the All-State First Team twice and Second Team once. Amber made the New York State All-Tournament Team three times in her career. She set a school record with 1,578 career kills and recorded 1,028 career digs. On the softball field, Amber was the League Most Valuable Player twice and three-time Division MVP. She was selected to the Section 2 All-League First Team twice and once received Second Team honors.

Amber’s community service includes making personal hygiene packages for a backpack program and making blankets for a dog shelter. She assisted a teacher by organizing musical performances for a service project. Amber is extremely active with youth coaching in the community, including youth softball and volleyball camps. She also helped softball little leaguers to learn how to pitch.

Amber becomes the fourth Galway High School student-athlete selected by CDSWOY. She joins Grace O’Brien (2023), Isabella Mancini (2021) and Rachel Wnuk (2020, the first year of CDSWOY).

A total of 10 high school and three college female student-athletes will be honored at the August 12 event. The next recipient will be announced on June 19.

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