Student Athletes for the Month of January

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Kelly Carucci and Ryan Cleaves

Kelly Carucci and Ryan Cleaves

Congratulations to Kelly Carucci and Ryan Cleaves who were chosen as the Booster Club Athletes of the Month for January. Students are awarded this honor based on their athletic and academic accomplishments, attitudes and leadership skills.

Kelly transferred to Suffield High School at the beginning of her junior year and has been on the Varsity Basketball team for two years. Kelly’s coach refers to her as “the engine that drives the team.” Kelly’s coach reports that Kelly is currently averaging 8.2 points and 11.1 rebounds per game (double-digit rebounds in high school girls basketball is essentially unheard of). Kelly was chosen this year to be one of the team captains and her coach states, “Her leadership ability is second to none; she not only leads by example, but is also a vocal leader for all of the underclassmen.” Kelly’s coach reported that Kelly is the first person to help up a teammate or an opponent who goes to the floor and she is polite to opposing players, coaches and referees. Not only does Kelly excel at basketball, but she is an honors student who also excels in the classroom. Kelly is an athlete that any coach would love to have on their team.

Ryan is a senior on the Varsity Indoor Track team this year. Ryan is a top-distance runner on the team. He has placed in a variety of events in the NCCC meet in previous seasons and has been a state qualifier in several events. He is on multiple school’s “Top 10” List. Ryan is a Team Captain who has a positive attitude on and off the field. His coach states, “Ryan is always willing to try new events. He constantly cheers on his teammates, congratulates opponents on good performances and has true Team Spirit.” Ryan is said to always have a positive voice at practice and meets, has a positive relationship with competitors from around the league and represents his team with pride. Ryan is an honors student in the top 20% of his senior class, and carries his work ethic into the classroom.

It is fitting that these two student/athletes were chosen for the honor of Booster Club Athletes of the Month for January.

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