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Spotlight #1: Meet 5 of PCA-New England’s 2016 Triple-Impact Competitor® Finalists


Having honored our 2016 Triple-Impact Competitors in a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox on August 31, each month, for the next four months, PCA-NE will spotlight five of the high school scholar athletes who have been recognized as Triple-Impact Competitors and Finalists for its Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship. 

Each of these Triple-Impact Competitors were selected based on their essays explaining how they meet three criteria: personal mastery (making oneself better), leadership (making one’s teammates better), and honoring the game (making the game better). All of these Triple-Impact Competitors have grade point averages of at least 2.5, and provided testimonials from a school administrator, a coach, and at least one from an individual who is familiar with the student-athlete and able to speak to his/her embodiment of the Triple-Impact Competitor principles.

Tavyen “TJ” Mathews, a senior fencing and volleyball athlete at Simsbury High School in Simsbury, Connecticut, is a dedicated athlete and leader who seeks academic challenge in AP and honors classes. TJ appreciates the importance of helping others first. Whether he is fencing or playing volleyball, Tavyen is a passionate role model for committing to make himself, his teammates, and the game better. Tavyen is from Georgia, and he attends school in Simsbury as part of the ABC program.

Mackenzie Buzzell, a senior soccer, basketball, and softball athlete at Fryeburg Academy in Lovell, Maine, is a top academic performer, is mentally strong, and constantly strives to improve her own skills as well as those of her teammates. She has been recognized as a Triple-Impact Competitor for her extensive work on and off the field to do everything she can to make her teams better.

Nadia Cardoso, a senior soccer and track and field athlete at Brockton High School in Brockton, Massachusetts, is an outstanding student who dedicates her time to self-improvement in the classroom, on the soccer field, and on the track. Consistently described as mature, hardworking and driven, Nadia is a Triple-Impact Competitor.

Zoe Clarkin, a senior field hockey, hockey and lacrosse athlete at Sandwich High School in Sandwich, Massachusetts, leads her teams by skill, example, and constant encouragement. She puts in the extra hours after practice and in the off-season to improve, and is often heard asking her teammates if they want to stay after practice to work on skills with her.

Samantha Souke, a senior lacrosse, field hockey, and ice hockey at Sandwich High School in Sandwich, Massachusetts, recognizes the importance of team play above personal statistics and goal scoring, and revels in being challenged on the field, because she knows it makes her better. Samantha exemplifies the spirit of a Triple-Impact Competitor.

This is the second year in a row that PCA-NE has recognized excellence at Sandwich High School. Last year, PCA-NE honored long-time field hockey and lacrosse coach Kelsey Hammond-Beaton as a Double-Goal Coach® not simply for her scoreboard success, but because she is so successful in teaching life lessons through sports. The 16 testimonials submitted in support of Coach Beaton made clear that she coaches her players to put in the hard work, and she uses encouragement, not shame, fear, or intimidation, to help her players succeed and be the best they can be on and off the field.

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