LYNNFIELD, Mass., May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- HP Hood, New England's leading dairy processor, awarded 18 high school seniors with a $5,000 Hood® Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship. During a ceremony held at the TD Garden, three high school seniors from each of the six New England states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – were honored for their integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the playing field. These students will also be included in the Sportsmanship Exhibit inside The Sports Museum at the TD Garden – one of the only sportsmanship exhibits in the country.
Hood has been committed to supporting local communities for more than 160 years. Now in its seventh year, the Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship is one of the largest scholarship programs in New England and continues to receive thousands of applications from New England high school seniors. Ten finalists were determined from each state by a general public vote, which was followed by in-person interviews by a panel of independent judges who selected the winners from each state.
New this year, World Champion gymnast and team captain, Aly Raisman, partnered with Hood Milk to promote the program and the importance of good sportsmanship. Raisman provided a video message to the scholarship winners, which was aired during the banquet, that touched on the importance of hard work and the importance of good sportsmanship in her own career.
Gord Kluzak, former Bruins Defenseman and current investment advisor at Goldman Sachs, was in attendance to deliver an address on the importance of good sportsmanship. "I have been involved with the Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship Program for the past three years and always look forward to discussing how sportsmanship, respect and integrity have played integral roles in both my professional and personal life," said Kluzak. "During my time with the Bruins, I learned that sportsmanship defines an athlete and has a far greater impact than a short term win. I'm proud to be part of this program."
The winners included:
Haley Mistretta from Vernon who will be attending University of Hartford
Colin MacDougald from Windsor Locks who will be attending the University of Connecticut
Richard Junquera from Newington who will be attending Bryant University
Alicia Gaiero from Belfast who will be attending The University of Maine at Orono
Jessicca Girsa from Millinocket who will be attending The University of Maine at Fort Kent
Hannah Morley from East Boothbay who will be attending The University of Rhode Island
Janina Yutkins-Kennedy from Tewksbury who will be attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Riana Pozsgai from Medway who will be attending Simmons College
Kevin Messinger from Canton who will be attending The University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Madison Olsen of Auburn who will be attending Keene State College
Kaileigh Davis of Newbury who will be attending The University of Rochester
Victor Keith Brown from Pelham who will be attending Endicott College
Jordan Del Bianco from Rutland who will be attending The University of Delaware
Molly Pfennig from Rutland who will be attending Colby-Sawyer College
Alexander Crompton from Killington who will be attending Babson College
Corrie Traverse from Riverside who will attend Providence College
Emily Angeli from South Kingstown who will attend Connecticut College
Elena Miceli from Exeter who will attend Holy Cross
Each applicant was required to meet the following in order to participate in the program:
- Minimum of 3.0 GPA
- Participated in a varsity sport in high school
- Volunteered in his/her community
- Displayed a high degree of sportsmanship while participating in sports in high school
For more information, and rules and regulations, please visit Hood.com.
Founded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States. Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, HERSHEY'S Milk and Milkshakes and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. For more information about Hood, please visit www.Hood.com.
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