Spadinger, Packnick honored by SCC

Sydney Spadinger and Craig Packnick from Shelton High were two of 16 student-athletes from eight high schools named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for March.

Now in its seventh year, The SportsCenter of Connecticut/SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month program honors outstanding young men and women each month during the 2012-13 academic year.

Sydney Spadinger

A standout in soccer, indoor track and lacrosse for the Gaelsettes, Spadinger has been a superb performer in the classroom.

She was the captain of this year’s lacrosse team and is ranked 37th out of 385 students in her class, while holding a 94.03 grade point average.

Spadinger has been named to the SCC All- Academic Team, as well as being a CAPT Scholar, AP Scholar, and a member of the Spanish Honor Society.

She is also involved in many school activities, including being National Honor Society Secretary, Gael Winds Newspaper layout editor and a member of the Spanish Club and Best Buddies.

Girls lacrosse coach Paul Leonard said, “Sydney is a leader on and off the field as well as being an amazing person.

“She is a very talented lacrosse player and dedicated student. She is involved with various activities in and out of school and is a great role model. It was a pleasure to coach her.”

Craig Packnick

A two-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball) for the Gaels, Packnick currently holds a 92.77 grade point average and is ranked 48th out of 385 students in his class.

Packnick has received numerous academic achievement awards, including being named SCC All-Academic Team, CAPT Scholar, AP Scholar and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

He is also involved in many extra-curricular activities at Shelton, including the SportsCenter Club, Student Council Executive Board, FBLA Public Relations Officer, Youth Leader and Sunday School. Packnick has previously been named Student of the Month at Shelton and was captain of the Gaels basketball team this season.

Boys volleyball coach LeAnn Blanchine said, “Craig is a team player with great motivation and passion. He is a role model for his peers. “It has been a pleasure to have coached him the past two years.”

“Many thanks to the Sports Center of Connecticut for its support of the SCC and the Scholar Athlete of the Month program,” said SCC Commissioner Al Carbone.

“This conference has been proud of its success for the last 18-plus years, and to be able to recognize outstanding young men and women who demonstrate the desire and ability to succeed solidifies what the SCC is all about.”

Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.0/B average, while demonstrating leadership qualities.

Sports Center of CT/SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month recipients and receive a certificate, commemorative tee-shirt and a SportsCenter of Connecticut activity pass.

Founded in 1994, the Southern Connecticut Conference is in its 19th season of competition in 2012-13 with 22 member-schools and nearly 23,000 students.

SCC member schools have captured more than 350 state championships since the league’s inception.

More importantly, the SCC is recognized for its outstanding non-athletic programs and events, which attempt to break down barriers and build bridges of understanding to its students.

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