PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALEX EWALD, KATIE DEVORE, PETER MATT, LAUREN CHAPEY AND LIZZIE CLARKE : Seniors Alex Ewald, Katie Devore, Lizzie Clarke, Lauren Chapey and Peter Matt have all been recognized in The Journal News as winners of the Con-Ed Award. This amount of winners is only surpassed in Mamaroneck sports history by the 2015 season, in which six seniors won the award.
By Talia Land
Mamaroneck High School has always been known for producing some stellar athletes on the field, but recently, more student athletes have been receiving recognition for their impressive work in the classroom and the real world.
The prestigious Con-Ed award is given once a week to an athlete in the Lower Hudson valley who demonstrates a combination of tremendous academic achievements, leadership, citizenship and school and community activities. Each week, the winner is selected by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach. Once an athlete is selected, he or she is required to complete a phone interview, followed by a radio interview, which generally take around 15 minutes to complete. Both interviews are conducted by a representative from L
ohud, and are then transcribed into an article that is released on lohud.com as well as in The Journal News. The interview is designed to provide insight into the student’s athletic and academic accomplishments in his or her community and beyond.
Last year, Mamaroneck High School ended up having six seniors receive this prestigious award —the largest number from any school. This year’s senior class has almost equaled that success. So far, Katie Devore, Lauren Chapey, Alex Ewald, Lizzie Clarke and Peter Matt have received Co
n-Ed honors. Devore (Penn), Chapey (Yale), Ewald (Cornell), and Matt (Penn) are set to play at Ivy League Universities next fall and Clarke (Hamilton University) will be attending a top Division Three program. Along with their impressive academic achievements, all five have won state championships in their respective sports; two of them are even national champions. The Globe caught up with Clarke, a field-hockey player, who said, “I was really excited when I got the award because everyone I know who has received it before me is an amazingly talented athlete as well as student. To be given the same recognition as them was a huge honor.” When asked why she thinks so many Mamaroneck athletes receive the award each year, Clarke said, “I think the amount of Con-Ed awards that Mamaroneck players have won is a huge testament to the type of athletes that compete here. Not only is there so much talent on the field, but everyone is just as focused in the classroom.” The Mamaroneck Con-Ed winners will be honored at an annual dinner for all the winners this year on June 1.