Winter Sports & Activities Awards 2022

Vermont Academy celebrated our winter athletes at Community Meeting on March 28. Athletic Director and Assistant Head of Student Life Mr. Brian Gilloran and the teams’ coaches congratulated the award recipients.
Boys’ JV Basketball
Most Improved Player Award: Jaden Frimpong ’24
 
Girls’ JV Hockey
The Mark Peabody Award is given annually to that member of the girls’ hockey team who shows the most improvement over the course of the season. This year the award was given to Jillian Miles '22.
 
Dance
Most Improved Dancer Award: Sophie Balk ’25
Greatest Contribution Award: Mia Hennum ’22
 
Recreational Skiing
Most Dedicated Award: Elias Norton ’24
 
Robotics
The Team Inspire Award is given to a member of the team that is a strong ambassador for Vermont Academy, a role model, a gracious competitor, and an inspiration for the rest of the team as demonstrated by their ability to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the game. This season the award was given to Andrew Gould ’22.
 
The Robotics Team Innovator Award celebrates a person that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. This season the award was given to Yuliang “Raymond” Feng ’25.
 
Nordic Skiing
Most Improved Skier Award:
            Boys: Wyatt Turner ’23
            Girls: Susannah Pennell ’23
 
The Roger Emerson Award is awarded to an athlete from the Nordic Ski team for excellence in all-around performance in practice and competition. This season the award was given to Sydney Palmiotto ’24.
 
Freestyle Skiing
Most Improved Skier Award: Josh Paprin ’23
Most Valuable Skier Award: Ellis Dunbar '24
 
Snowboarding
The Burton Snowboard Award is awarded to a rider who has shown the greatest improvement in his or her snowboard racing ability over the course of the season. This year the award was given to Oliver Walsh-Fischetti ’25.
 
Most Valuable Rider Award:
            Boys: Dane Mulverhill ’24
            Girls: Kalaya Hudziec ’22
 
Snow Sports
The Peter J. MacKenzie Ski Program Award is given annually to a member of the VA Ski Program whose quiet determination and perseverance reflect the honor at Vermont Academy and its Ski Program. Their contributions are not measured by statistics, but rather by their industrious and conscientious approach to snow sports which exemplifies a genuine love for the sport. This is considered the highest award for the snow sports program and is awarded to Finn Scott ’22.
 
Girls' Varsity Hockey
Coaches Award: Danielle McCarthy ’22
Most Valuable Player Award: Emma Morel ’22
 
The Wildcat Heart & Soul Award is presented to a player who has proven to elevate her game in key situations and has made key contributions to the team’s success, but more importantly whose determination, attitude, hard work, consistency, and reliability are the ‘pulse’ of the hockey program. With a relentless work ethic, an unyielding desire and a huge heart, this leader by example demonstrates the tremendous difference one individual can make on a team and program. This year’s recipient is Maika Paquin ’22.
 
Girls' Varsity Basketball
Most Improved Player Award: Natalie Kucerova ’24
 
Greatest Contribution Award is given to the player who has made the greatest contribution to the team. The contribution is to be measured by her interest in and enthusiasm for the game; intensity of her effort; her sportsmanship as shown by her spirit in victory or defeat; and, most of all, by her constructive influence on other members of the team. This year the award was given to Eliza Asante '22.
 
Most Valuable Player Award – Colby Casey '22
 
Boys' Varsity Hockey
Most Improved Player Award: Brady Walsh ’24
 
The Daniel MacFayden Award is given annually to that member of the boys’ varsity hockey team who has made the greatest contribution. That contribution is to be measured by his spirit in practice and games, by his positive influence on his teammates and his sportsmanship exhibited in both winning and losing. This year's award is given to Liam Lucas ’22.
 
The Eric Charles Ostebo Award is given in memory of Eric C. Ostebo, whose cheerful attitude, devotion, and hard work often went unnoticed. Eric was a player who was easily coached, would play any position asked of him, and often played when injured without complaint. Although not a flashy player, Eric typified the “coach’s player.” He was steady, dependable, and a hard-working team player. This year's award was given to Jordan Bernstein ’22.
 
Boys' Varsity Basketball
Most Improved Player Award: Joson Sanon ’25
 
Greatest Contribution Award is given to the player or manager who has made the greatest contribution to the team. The contribution is to be measured by his interest in and enthusiasm for the game; intensity of his effort; his sportsmanship as shown by his spirit in victory or defeat; and most of all by his constructive influence on other members of the team. This year's award was given to Chike Ndefo ’24.
 
The Keron Deshields Award goes to a member of the boys’ varsity basketball team, who, like Keron, will not let any circumstance deter him from an unyielding commitment to the team and Vermont Academy as a whole. This year's award was given to Andrew Lussier ’22.
 
Lakes Region All Stars include:
Andre Mills ’24
Darin Smith ’23
Colby Casey ’22
Danielle McCarthy ’22
Riley Walsh ’22
Maika Paquin ’22
Liam Lucas ’22
Sydney Palmiotto ’24
 
NEPSAC Recognition:
All-NEPSAC Small Schools Honorable Mention Team: Maika Paquin ’22
All-NEPSAC Small Schools First Team: Emma Morel ’22
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