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Having honored our 2016 Triple-Impact Competitor Finalists in a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox on August 31, each month PCA-NE shines a spotlight on five of the twenty high school scholar athletes who have been recognized as Triple-Impact Competitors and Finalists for its Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship. This is the third installment.
Each of these Triple-Impact Competitor Finalists 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 Competitor Finalists 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.
Carly Bernstein is a senior soccer and track athlete at E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield, Connecticut. Through a combination of track and eleven years of soccer, Carly developed an appreciation for the team cohesiveness required to achieve success on the field, and beyond. Carly impressed peers and coaches with her kindness, work ethic, dedication, and academic excellence earning their respect as well as this recognition as a PCA Triple-Impact Competitor.
George Colarullo is a standout swimmer and diver, and a senior at Groton Dunstable Regional High School. George was named MVP of his swim team last year, and is fearless in learning new dives and inspires his teammates to personally excel in sport and in life. Importantly, George is a swim instructor for 4-10 year olds, and believes that his role in helping these students overcome obstacles in the pool as among his greatest achievements. PCA congratulates George who is deserving of this recognition as a PCA Triple-Impact Competitor.
Cynthia DeLeon is a senior 3-sport athlete, in soccer, swimming and “coed” lacrosse, at Lynn English High School. Cynthia demonstrates tenacity as a versatile athlete, as a disciplined student, and as a teammate committed to helping her teammates improve every day. In three years of high school, she has also served as Class Secretary and produced several fundraising events to benefit her teams and the community at-large. PCA is proud to recognize Cynthia as a Triple-Impact Competitor.
Tajahane Francis is a senior track athlete at Boston Latin Academy. PCA proudly recognizes Tajahane as a Triple-Impact Competitor for her standout performance as a track athlete, her academic rigor as an AP Latin student, her consistent desire to meet challenges head on, and her unmatched capacity to stare failure down and learn from it.
Sarah O'Sullivan is a senior track and field athlete at Greenfield High School. Sarah understands that success requires more than just talent and training; that being a true competitor requires mental strength, focus, and leadership. An outstanding AP student, Sarah shows her mental strength every day to pursue academics, to become an All-State pole vaulter and to be a source of positive, encouraging energy for her cross country and ice hockey teammates. PCA recognizes Sarah as a Triple Impact Competitor based on the strength of her own statement plus those of her references, including her own sister, a long-time teammate.