Mary Deneen ’12, an outstanding volleyball player, and Brian Poirier ’12, a remarkably accomplished runner, have been named NWC's CIAC Scholar-Athletes for 2012.
Deneen, the daughter of Jen and Mike Deneen ’77 of Windsor, played varsity softball and volleyball for NWC. She was the MVP of the volleyball team in her junior and senior years, and was named All-Conference and All-State as a senior, when the team was the Class S runner-up – the best performance in school history.
She was also named All-Academic as a sophomore, junior, and senior, and has been a member of the National Honor Society since junior year. She will play volleyball at Bates College next year.
Poirier, the son of Rick and Trish Poirier of Windsor, is an outstanding runner who has amassed dozens of awards during his track career, including MVP, All-Conference, All-State, All-New England, and All-Academic many times throughout high school. He has also been in NHS since he was a junior.
The 2011 Class SS State Champ in Cross Country, he was named The Hartford Courant’s Runner of the Year for Fall 2011. In Winter 2012, he was crowned State Champ in the 1000m, contributing to the Boys’ Indoor Track team’s first-place finish – the first State Title for the team in 31 years. He will run at Princeton University.
“Mary and Brian are excellent examples of students who work extremely hard at their studies and carry their work ethic over to their chosen sports,” said Mrs. Williamson. “They have also exhibited leadership skills and helped other athletes on their teams become better.”
“We are so proud of who Mary and Brian have become during their years here at Northwest Catholic, and can’t wait to see what they achieve in the future,” said Martorelli. “They are the epitome of excellent student-athletes.”
The Scholar-Athlete Program recognizes a boy and girl from each CIAC member high school “whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage,” according to the CIAC.