Fisher Cats Foundation Names 2015 Scholarship Winners
MANCHESTER, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Fisher Cats Foundation have named their 2015 Scholar-Athlete Scholarship winners. Eleven graduates from New Hampshire and two from Massachusetts high schools have all earned a $2,500 scholarship based on their athletic and academic achievements in high school, and they will be celebrated in an on-field ceremony prior to the Fisher Cats' game on Thursday, July 9.
"These students have had excellent careers in high school, and we are proud to recognize them as our Class of 2015 scholarship winners," said Art Solomon, Fisher Cats owner and chairman of the Fisher Cats Foundation board. "They've excelled both in school and on the sports fields, and each has displayed a commitment to making their communities better places to live. We congratulate these students and look forward to recognizing them at the ballpark."
The scholarship recipients were selected based upon criteria of academic excellence, athletic achievement, and active citizenship in the community. Money for the scholarships was raised through several Foundation endeavors, most notably the Granite State Baseball Dinner held annually in November.
The Fisher Cats Foundation has also named three special scholarships among the thirteen - the Swymer Family Scholarship, offered annually to a student who has overcome a barrier and gone on to college; the Chris Carpenter Scholarship, named in honor of New Hampshire native and National League Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter; and the Easter Seals Veterans Count Scholarship, presented to a New Hampshire graduate whose parent or guardian is an active, reserve, or veteran member of the United States Military.
A full list of this year's winners is below.
William MacPhee (ConVal Reigional High School/Peterborough, N.H.) - William is being presented with the Chris Carpenter Award. As the valedictorian of his class, he played varsity baseball for three years and captained the team during his senior year. He also had two-year careers in varsity golf and basketball. He was the recipient of a Coach's Award in basketball and the Most Improved Player Award for golf in his first year. He has also served as a member of student council for four years, and spent a summer studying at St. Paul's School Advanced Studies Program last year. He has plans to attend Harvard University.
Karam Sandhu (Bedford High School/Bedford, N.H.) - Karam is receiving the Swymer Family Award. In fifth grade, he was in Boston's Children's Hospital with a life threatening pulmonary hemorrhage. His immune system was no longer his protector and he developed lupus, an autoimmune condition that caused the hemorrhage. He was able to pull through this scary time of medication, therapy, and treatment by turning to his swim family that grew to become his inspiration. He was the recipient of the Coach's Award for the Dedication and Perseverance in 2012 while swimming at Bedford High, and he won the school's Sportsmanship Award in 2015. As a beacon of inspiration, Karam also served as the captain of the swim team. He will attend Dartmouth College.
Sean Cashman (Laconia High School/Laconia, N.H.) - Sean will be receiving the Easter Seals Veteran's Count Award and plans to attend Pennsylvania State University. He served as captain of his school's football, alpine skiing, and baseball teams, and he plans to use that leadership to follow in the footsteps of his heroes. Sean plans to become officer in the United States Army, just like his father, uncle, grandfathers, great uncles, and great grandfathers before him. After graduation, he will be commissioning as an officer in the Army and is interested in pursuing a career as a military police member or in the Army medical corps.
Amanda Dupuis (Raymond High School/Raymond, N.H.) - Amanda is the Salutatorian of her high school class and a participant on the varsity gymnastics team. She earned the Coach's Award in each of her last three seasons, and she has been a competitive gymnast for the past 11 years. She plans to attend St. Lawrence University.
Isaac Walker (Virtual Learning Academy Charter School/Dunbarton, N.H.) - The Harvard-bound Walker has long been a competitive swimmer, finding his stroke at the Executive Swim Club in Manchester since 2003. More recently, he's added competitive rowing to his resume with Greater Lawrence Rowing, which has garnered him attention with Harvard's Lightweight Crew Team. He has been actively involved in politics, volunteering with Organizing for America and 2012 and interning with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in 2013-14.
Amanda Szostak (Pinkerton Academy/Chester, N.H.) - It's not easy to stand out at New Hampshire's largest high school, but Szostak has done that during her career at Pinkerton Academy. She was a member of the varsity field hockey and lacross teams, serving as senior captain on the latter. She was also acitive in soccer, basketball, and unified basketball with the Astros. She'll study this fall at UNH.
Sarah Hubbard (Pembroke Academy/Chichester, N.H.) - Sarah is destined for Champlain College in Vermont this fall after completing her high school career. She competed on the varsity alpine ski racing team and also received a Most Improved Award. She has been actively involved in the school when not on the ski slopes, serving in the Key Club, on the yearbook committee, and on the math team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Erica Seely (Profile High School/Franconia, N.H.) - Erica is the president of the National Honor Society at her lakes region school. She spent a good portion of her high school career outdoors, playing varsity soccer while also skiing on the alpine and Nordic ski teams. She is also a member of the Franconia Ski Club. Seely is musically gifted as well, playing on the jazz, pit, and pep bands, and serving on the All-New England Band while in high school. She plans to attend Ithaca College.
Richard Heath (Spaulding High School/Rochester, N.H.) - The Rochester native has been a varsity athlete for his school's cross country and tennis teams. He has also served in leadership roles for his classmates, serving as both secretary and president for the Class of 2015. A former art club president, he is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Richard will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Megan Wilson (Dover High School/Dover, N.H.) - A three-season athlete, Megan has served as captain for her indoor track and field, field hockey, and lacrosse teams as a member of the Green Wave. She is a four-term vice president for the Class of 2015 and also serves as president of the Athletic Leadership Council. She will pursue her college career close to home at the University of New Hampshire.
Mackenzie Collins (Manchester Memorial High School/Manchester, N.H.) - A Manchester native, Mackenzie has made a name for herself in field hockey and softball during her prep days. A team captain for field hockey, she made her biggest impact on the diamond as a two-year captain, second-team All-State selection, and Twin State nominee. She is also a member of both the National and Latin National Honor Societies. She intends to pursue a nursing degree at Keene State College.
Eric Salina (Burlington High School/Burlington, Mass.) - A high honors student each year at Burlington (Mass.) High School, Eric has been a star for the indoor and outdoor track teams. On the inside oval, he has been a state champion in the 4x800 meter while earning Boston Globe All-Scholastic Status. He was also a league All-Star in the outdoor 400 meter. His speed has also been tested nationally as he led teams to top-ten finishes at the New Balance Nationals for both indoor and outdoor track. An Eagle Scout, he has been an active participant in First Robotics and will continue his academic career at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Katelyn Wentworth (Tewksbury High School/ Tewksbury, Mass.) - Posting a 4.43 GPA, Katelyn is the president of the chemistry club and a member of the National Honor Society in Tewksbury (Mass.). She was a varsity cheerleader in high school and competed in team and individual dance categories at meets. In the community, she has participated in Dana Farber Cheer for a Cure, Treats for Troops, Teens for Jeans, and was a coordinator at Vacation Bible School. She will cross the border and continue her pursuit of the sciences at the University of New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats established the Fisher Cats Foundation to be a catalyst for the betterment of communities statewide by supporting youth programs that encourage education and promote healthy living. Through the generous support of players, employees, sponsors, and fans, the Fisher Cats Foundation continuously works to make a positive impact throughout New Hampshire and north central Massachusetts. As the primary funding source for the team's philanthropy, the Fisher Cats Foundation supports a wide variety of non-profit organizations and coordinates several fundraising programs and events. Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation and the Fisher Cats have provided nearly $4 million in monetary and in-kind donations to thousands of non-profit organizations.
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