2017 CIAC Scholar-Athlete Award Winners


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Congratulations to Alexandra Alsup and Richard Sorensen for being recognized as Coginchaug Regional High School’s CIAC Scholar-Athlete Award winners!
The Scholar-Athlete Program annually recognizes two high school seniors, one boy and one girl, from each 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.
The Annual Connecticut High School Scholar-Athlete Awards Program and Banquet has honored over 4,000 outstanding graduating seniors in Connecticut high schools since its inception in 1984. It has become the premier annual event in Connecticut’s education community to recognize student excellence in academics, athletics, and school and community leadership. Over 1,600 people attend the banquet each year.
Senior Alexandra Alsup has demonstrated outstanding academic high school achievements throughout her high school career. These academic achievements have earned her membership to the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She has participated in cross country for three years, helping her team to both a Shoreline Conference and Class S State Championship title her sophomore year. A member of indoor and outdoor track for four years, she has racked up numerous accolades. As part of indoor track, she was named to First Team All-Conference her sophomore and junior years, All-State her sophomore, junior and senior years, All-New England her sophomore year, and All-American her junior year. In addition, she was nominated to the New Haven Register All-Area Team her junior and senior years, and All-Hartford Courant Team her sophomore and junior years.
The accolades continue for her outdoor track career, selected to First Team All-Conference and All-State her freshman, sophomore and junior years, and All New-England her sophomore year. She is a back-to-back State Champion in the 800m run and hopes to three-peat this spring.
Alexandra’s cross country career is also impressive: Second Team All-Conference her sophomore year, First Team All-Conference her junior and senior years, and All-State her junior year. She has been nominated to the New Haven Register All-Area Cross Country Team and the All-Hartford Courant Team twice each.
Academically, Alexandra has been honored as a Shoreline Scholar-Athlete for three consecutive years, meaning she has also maintained over a 3.5 cumulative GPA during her sports seasons (while being named to All-Conference teams). She has earned high honors in each of her four years at Coginchaug Regional High School. As a member of the Captain’s Council, Alexandra has demonstrated fine leadership skills, and her commitment to her sport, her team, and her academics has been evident throughout her high school career. Alexandra has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic and academic career at the University of Connecticut in the fall.
Richard Sorensen has been a member of the football team at Coginchaug Regional High School for four years, as well as a member of outdoor track his junior year, planning to compete again this spring. As a sophomore on the football team, he was named Rookie of the Year. He earned a varsity letter as a sophomore, junior, and senior and was a two-way varsity starter. He had many outstanding accomplishments during his senior season: he rushed for over 1,000 yards, was named an All-Conference Runner-Up, and the team’s Most Valuable Player. As a track athlete, Richard is a Shoreline Conference Champion in the 4 x 100 M relay, and a State Qualifier in both the 4 x 100 M relay and 200 M race.
Richard, also a member of the Captain’s Council, has earned High Honors all four of his years at Coginchaug Regional High School as well.
Alexandra and Richard will be recognized during the Scholar Athlete Awards banquet which takes place on Sunday, May 7th at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

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