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YOUTH SPORTS: Tourney’s off, but TWIST still has scholarships to award

YOUTH SPORTS: Tourney’s off, but TWIST still has scholarships to award

WALLINGFORD — The coronavirus may have sidelined The Wallingford Invitational Soccer Tournament for 2020. It did not prevent the event’s organizing committee from issuing its annual college scholarships.

With this year’s allotment, TWIST went over $200,000 in its all-time scholarship count.

This year’s class featured 10 girls with ties to TWIST and the Wallingford Youth Soccer League who excelled academically at Lyman Hall, Sheehan or Choate. 

“This was a great group of kids that volunteered for all types of things that keep the club going,” said TWIST co-director Dave Rodriguez.

The winner of this year’s William Cahoon Award of Excellence, which goes to the scholarship applicant who scores the highest based on academics, community service and Wallingford Youth Soccer League involvement, was Elizabeth Overstrum. A Choate grad, Overstrum is heading to Hamilton College in upstate New York.

The other 2020 scholarship winners were as follows.

■Katherine Cappetta, Sheehan: A two-sport athlete with the Titans, Katie Cappetta was named All-SCC Academic in soccer and All-Record-Journal in track.

Volunteering at Masonicare tops Cappetta’s long list of community service.

She has been accepted by several universities and has yet to make her final decision.

■Olivia Cuticelli, Sheehan: Cuticelli was a senior captain of the 2019 Sheehan soccer team, which reached the semifinals of the Class L tournament.

She also played tennis and served as manager of the boys basketball.

A member of the National Honor Society and active in C.R.E.W. (Community Revitalization Efforts of Wallingford), Cuticelli is going to the University of Vermont in pursuit of a nursing career.

■Alexis Eaton, Lyman Hall: Eaton graduated as Salutatorian in Lyman Hall’s Class of 2020 after a four-year soccer career with the Trojans.

Eaton was a Peer Advocate and is involved with the town's anti-bullying and cyberbullying programs.

Interested in a conservation-based career, most likely environmental engineering, Eaton will attend the University of New Hampshire.

■Marley Esch, Sheehan: Esch was Sheehan’s CIAC Female Scholar-Athlete for the 2019-20 school year.

Esch was a three-sport athlete throughout her career with the Titans. She played soccer in the fall, swam with the boys swim team in the winter and ran track in the spring.

A member of the National Honor Society, Esch graduated in the top five of Sheehan’s Class of 2020. She was class secretary and president of the school’s German Club.

Esch is going to UConn. She will pursue a career in orthodontics.

■Crystal Gallagher, Sheehan: Gallagher was a soccer and tennis player with the Titans. She made the All-Record-Journal Tennis Team last spring and earned All-Academic status with the SCC.

Gallagher has her sights set on a career in the medical profession. She is currently in a Certified Nursing Assistant class and will pursue a career in physical therapy. She will attend the University of Hartford.

■Avery Holden, Sheehan: A goaltender, Holden is heading to Eckerd College in Tampa, Fla., where she will play Division II soccer.

While at Sheehan, Holden was involved in C.R.E.W. and Student Council.

She was a referee in Wallingford Youth Soccer and part of the TWIST field crew. She was also a TOPS buddy mentor and provided training for goalies. 

■Anna Medici, Sheehan: Medici played four years of soccer for the Titans, suiting up as a goalkeeper.

Medici also managed the boys basketball team for three years. She volunteered with foster children and helped train goalies in the Wallingford Youth Soccer League.

Medici is going to Monmouth University in New Jersey. She’s interested in becoming either a physician's assistant or physical therapist.

■Jordan Smith, Lyman Hall: Like Anna Medici, Jordan Smith is heading to Monmouth University.

She was a four-year soccer player at Lyman Hall. Last fall, as a senior captain, Smith was named to the All-Record-Journal and All-SCC First Team.

A National Honor Society student, Smith was a member of the Key Club and Future Farmers of America.

■Grace Waldron, Sheehan: In addition to soccer, Waldron played tennis in her time as a Titan.

She was the president of Sheehan’s Class of 2020 and a member of the National Honor Society.

An artist by hobby, Waldron is committed to Michigan State University and will pursue a career as a physician's assistant.



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