By Roger LaLonde
Academics and team play headed the reasons why Olivia Watt and Will Glasser were named Student Athletes of the Year at the Marco Island Charter Middle Sports Awards Night on Thursday, May 8, in the school gymnasium.
Roger Raymond, athletic director, said the eighth graders, Watt and Glasser, were academically strong while being team leaders.
Watt was also named the top athlete for the girls soccer and track teams.
Glasser was also named the top athlete in football and track.
“Olivia exemplifies the student athlete, with a 4.0 grade point average and excelled in all the activities she has been involved in,” Raymond said. “Her hard work has been ever present and she is a role model for those that will follow.”
Strong in academics, Raymond said, “this young man has worked hard to attain a high degree of success. Will’s participation in practices at a higher level made his teammates work harder. I have seen him take on challenges this year that he would not have done in his early days as an Eagle. I look forward to his success as he takes on the challenge of high school. He will do well.”
Glasser said of his award, “I am very surprised and very honored. I was dedicated to hard work in sports and academics.”
Watt also said, “I was really surprised. I think it is amazing and a great honor.”
Another top award, the Michael “Mickey” Mendel Sportsmanship Award, went to eighth graders Gianna Rose and Garveley Guillaume.
Rose was also named the top girls basketball player. Raymond coached her in track and cross country.
“Her effort has been fantastic,” Raymond said of Rose. “She once asked me if she could run the 100, and I said it was not really a good race for her. She told me she wanted to see what she could do to get better. She was an outstanding teammate as she worried about others.”
Raymond described Guillaume as, “a young man who was not the fastest and not the most talented on teams he played on, but he did the best he could and he made us all proud. I will miss him when August comes around, with his easy-going attribute.”
Individual varsity girl winners included: Susan Faremouth, tennis; Gianna Rose, basketball; Brianna Moore, volleyball; Caitlin Carlson, cheerleading; Olivia Watt, soccer and track; and Mercedes Mertens, cross country.
Boys individual varsity winners: Bayan Dadressan, volleyball; Zach West, basketball; Cody Webb, coed golf; Michael DeSantis, soccer; Will Glasser, track and football; and Mickey Polling, cross country.
Sixth grade team winners were: Vanessa Alvarez and Josh Jordan, basketball; and McKinley Champeau, volleyball.
Previous recipients of the top student athlete award were:
2000, James Pike and Natasha Sciallis; 2001, Danny Huffor, Kelly Olsen and Jessica Raymond; 2002, Ryan Polling and Allyson Walling; 2003, Ben Gillenwaters and Sara Devenitch; 2004, AJ Galiana and Sabrina Carrender; 2005, Matt Milk and Jade Dwarkin; 2006, Christian Tateo and Danin Gruesel; 2007, Patrick Lane and Maggie Antaramian; 2008, Kit Fowler and Katie Hogan; 2009, Kyle Adams and Jenna Lundquist; 2010, Cassidy Penzo and Stefan Langebeeke; 2011, Christy Thorstenson and Tanner Fulcher; 2012, Katie Schiller and Patrick Michel; 2013, Rosie Poling and Tyler Gresham.
Past Mendel winners:
2005, Jake Jarrett and Lindsey Donato; 2006, Cody Mendel and Joanna Madonna; 2007, Veronica Castillo and Brandon Hodgdon; 2008, Marisa Anguilano and Matt Browne; 2009, Brighton Summers and Jimmy Fleming; 2010, Areeb Chaudhry and Adrienne Collins; 2011, Morgan Burke and Gage Wheeler; 2012, Daniela Marroquin and Colin McMullen; 2013, Bailey Greaves and Joshua Wagner.