Three M-W students recognized at Senior Scholar Athlete Breakfast

on June 5, 2019

Graduating seniors Ian Ackerman and Sophia Maier were recognized as Senior Scholar Athletes at the annual Senior Scholar Athlete breakfast hosted by the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association on June 4 at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown, NY. In addition, M-W High School student Shannon Menzzasalma earned the Tyler Muise MVP Award, which celebrates and acknowledges the unique ways in which students with special needs positively impact an interscholastic athletic program.

Ian is valedictorian of the Monroe-Woodbury High School Class of 2019 and will be studying chemistry and mathematics at Brown University. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society and is trombone section leader in the Wind Ensemble. Ian was captain of the varsity swim team, where he has helped lead the team to four consecutive Section IX championship titles. He is a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete and earned the Section IX Athletic/Academic Excellence Award. Ian is co-holder of 5 pool relay records, the OCIAA 4400 freestyle relay record and was a USA Swim Team member in the 20th World Maccabi Games.

Sophia will be attending Fordham University and will major in history. She was a member of the M-W tennis and golf teams for all four years of high school, during which she earned four varsity letters and was tennis team captain. Sophia is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, LEAD and STARS.

Shannon is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Tyler Muise MVP Award. She is a student at Monroe-Woodbury High School, where she has been a four-year member of the JV tennis team and a three-year member of the varsity track team. According to M- W Athletic Director Lori Hock, Shannon shows up each day to practice with a smile on her face and inspires those around her with a positive attitude and and cheerful demeanor. When students see her working hard and giving her best, it encourages them to do the same. Shannon has paved the way for other students with special needs who want to participate on school teams.

Congratulations to Ian, Shannon and Sophia on this awesome recognition of your hard work and strong character!

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