2022 Spring Sports & Activities Awards

The Spring Sports and Activities Awards were presented at Community Meeting on Monday, May 16. Coaches took the stage to read out the names of the 32 notable athletes for the season. This tri-annual tradition provides a time for the community to recognize the dedication required from all athletes and those committing to activities such as rock climbing and theater arts. We offer heartfelt appreciation to the many coaches, directors, teachers, and staff whose dedication makes these activities possible. And a big wildcat cheer to the award winners.
Girls’ JV Tennis
Most Improved Player – Ani Stephan ’24

Boys’ JV Tennis
Most Improved Player – Andrew Lussier ’22

Rock Climbing
The Iron Fist Award: The Iron Fist Award is given to a member of the Rock Climbing team
who, like Reinhold Messner, demonstrated shear tenacity and dedication to his daily work on the
wall and the crag, improving every day – Asier Otaegui Camano ’23

Equestrian
Most Improved: Rider – Elena Inclan Crespo ’23 
Coaches Award – Natalie Kucerova ’24

Theater Arts
Most Dedicated Member – Abby Hawkins ’23 

Girls’ Varsity Tennis
Most Improved Player – Lea Grassia ’23  
Most Valuable Player – Antonia Vohwinkel ’24
Coaches Award – Mamta Dey ’23   

Boys’ Varsity Tennis
Most Improved Player – Reval Suleymanov ’24  
Nathaniel Niles Award – “Nat Niles coached tennis at VA from 1945 to
1978, which is the longest continuous stretch that anyone coached tennis at the Academy. This
award given in his name recognizes the interest, dedication and positive influence that all leaders
possess” – Jason Shapiro ’22 

Golf
Most Improved Player – Liam Lucas ’22 
Most Valuable Player – Finn Scott ’22

Crew
Girls’ Most Improved Rower – Ruby Besson ’25 
Girls’ Most Valuable Rower – Lexi Lamothe-Farwell ’22 
Boys’ Most Improved Rower – Alden Ormont ’23   

Boys’ Lacrosse
Most Improved Player – Brody Adams ’22 
John Lord Most Valuable Player Award – Nolan Caruso ’22
Robert Long Lacrosse Award – “To a player whose selfless devotion to the team is reflected daily in all of his actions. Leading by example, this players pride, leadership and consistency exemplify the unwavering respect for the game of lacrosse that Bob Long shared with all of his players during his 19 years of coaching at Vermont Academy” – Leighton Geraghty ’22
Coaches Award – Aidan Healey ’22 
Coaches Award – Fray Villaman ’22  

Girls’ Lacrosse
Most Improved Award – Emma Morel ’22
Dorothy Sener Most Valuable Player Award – Riley Walsh ’22
Coaches Award – Elizabeth Pitts ’22
Coaches Award – Meagan Spring ’22

Baseball
Most Improved Award – Sam Boxer ’23
Coaches Award – Hunter DeMarco ’22
Coaches Award – Rex Hill ’22
Pi Beta Phi Award – “To that member of the varsity baseball team, who during the season has compiled the best batting average and fielding average” – Jack Pattison ’23
Richard Burton Award – “To that Jr. or Sr. member of the varsity baseball team who has contributed most to the team” – Cam Boardman ’22

Fly Fishing
Most Dedicated Angler – Dane Mulverhill ’24 
Most Improved Angler – Benny Morgado-Cabuto ’22

Receiving VA letter jackets for participating in twelve seasons of a varsity sport:
Danielle McCarthy '22
Riley Walsh '22


Photos can be found here.
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