UHS Student Earns Statewide Recognition
For Immediate Release:
January 11, 2022
Uxbridge High School Senior Earns Statewide Recognition
Athletic Director Chris Carbone and Uxbridge High School Principal Michael Rubin are pleased to announce that Cecelia Schleinitz, a member of the Uxbridge High School Class of 2022, has been named the recipient of the Mickey Sullivan Student Achievement Award.
This recognition is awarded by the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association (MSSADA) and honors a student who has contributed to high school athletics in a meaningful and lasting way. Each of the nine MSSADA districts in the state nominates one student for this prestigious award. Cecelia was the awardee from District 2 due to her efforts not only on the field but also in the classroom. District 2 comprises the Worcester Public Schools, Dual Valley Conference, and Southern Worcester County League.
Through her hard work and a tremendous desire to excel, Cecilia always leads by example and has demonstrated a shared responsibility of high standards of excellence both on and off the field. As a member and president of the Student Council, Cecilia has accumulated countless hours of community service through our connection with our local food pantry and various other organizations that the school supports throughout the year. Additionally, for the past three years, Cecilia has been one of UHS’ MIAA Student Ambassadors where she participates in multiple community service leadership workshops throughout the school year. The goal of the MIAA Student Ambassador program is to collaborate with other student-athletes across the commonwealth to learn new and innovative ideas to bring back to our school and our community. This year, she was elected to a seat on the UHS School Council as well.
“When we think of the students to exemplify what we want to see in all our student-athletes, Cecelia immediately comes to mind,” said Mr. Carbone. “Whether it is supporting her teammates, finding ways to support our athletic program as a hole, or bringing new ideas to our school community, she truly embodies the epitome of this award.”
“We could not be prouder for Cecelia,” said Mr. Rubin. “This award is a testament not only to the hard work and dedication she has brought to our school on a daily basis, but also the many ways she has found a way to be involved. This is incredibly well-deserved.”
In addition, from an athletic standpoint, Cecelia has been a member of the Girls Varsity Soccer team since her freshman year and has been the team captain for the past two years. Since 8th grade Cecilia has been a member of the Girl’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field programs as well. During her Junior year she was named team captain for both the Indoor and Outdoor season. She competes in a variety of events, based on what the team needs, from every running event from the 300 meters up to the 2 mile indoors, and the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles outdoors. She also threw the shot put and javelin when needed, despite being an accomplished jumper as well.
“Cecelia gives a tremendous effort during all practices, games, conditioning workouts, film review and team meetings and is a key component for their recent success,” said girls soccer coach Allyson Durkin. “She is a role model for all of the players on the field, and her passion does not go unnoticed.”
“Her willingness to adapt for the sake of her team's successes has made her an excellent leader and role model for her teammates,” added girls track coach Walter Berkowicz. “She truly is a pleasure to coach.”
She will be presented the award at a banquet this spring.