Mary Stafford of Dennis-Yarmouth and Bradley Bousquet of Athol have been selected as the recipients of the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award for September 2013.
The award is presented to a male and a female student-athlete who display excellence in academics, athletics, and community service.
Stafford, a senior, competes for the cross-country and indoor and outdoor track teams and has been a varsity runner since her freshman year. The team captain has qualified for the MIAA Divisional Meets in all three sports and has been selected as an Atlantic Coast League All-Star.
The National Honor Society member is known for her teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, and positive example that she sets for others. Stafford was positioned in one of the top spots in her meet against Sandwich, but when she saw her teammate had difficulty breathing, Stafford stopped and assisted her teammate back into the race, resulting in the team's first loss since 2006.
"Mary did exactly what was needed," said cross-country coach Jim Hoar. "She helped her teammate to make sure she was safe. I've been coaching since 1973 and have seen a lot of things, but I could not be more proud of an athlete than I am of Mary Stafford."
Bousquet, also a senior, plays soccer, basketball, and baseball. The two-sport captain has led the soccer team in scoring since his sophomore year, earning him recognition as team MVP, and has won the team's Sportsmanship Award in basketball.
Bousquet is currently ranked third in the senior class and is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Peer Mediator program, among others. Bousquet is also known for being a role model as a youth soccer, basketball, and baseball coach and umpire as well as a camp counselor.
Athol athletic director David King said, "Brad has always represented himself, his family, and his school with the highest level of sportsmanship and character. He leads by example in everything he does. From his work ethic in the classroom and on the field, to his character in the school and community, he models the belief that he will never let anyone outwork him."
Both students will receive a certificate of recognition, will be recognized on the MIAA website, and will be featured in the upcoming edition of "Building the Future," the MIAA educational athletics newsletter.
For a complete list of MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month recipients and finalists, click here.
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