LYNNFIELD, Mass., May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- HP Hood, New England's leading dairy processor, today awarded 18 high school seniors with a $5,000 Hood® Sportsmanship Scholarship® presented by Hood Milk. During a May 17th ceremony, 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 on and off the playing field. These students will also now be included in the Sportsmanship Exhibit at The Sports Museum at the TD Garden – the first sportsmanship exhibit in the country.
Hood has been committed to supporting local communities for more than 160 years. In its fifth year, the Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship program received more than 3,400 entries. Ten finalists in each state were determined by a general public vote, which was followed by in-person interviews by a panel of judges who selected the winners in each state.
Gord Kluzak, former Bruins Defenseman and current investment advisor at Goldman Sachs, served as Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship spokesperson this year and spoke to students about the importance of good sportsmanship.
"Sportsmanship was always at the forefront of my athletic career. It is something that defines an athlete and stays with them both on and off the field," said Kluzak. "Because of that, I am honored to be a part of the Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship program, which not only celebrates, but rewards, sportsmanship and those in our communities who embody it."
The winners include:
Kathleen Fedor from Masuk High School
Emilee Kemnitz from Southington High School
Christian Junquera from Newington High School
Trevor Lyford from Penquis Valley High School
Kevin Kingsbury from Cony High School
Briana Goud from Wiscasset High School
Erin Feeney from Norton High School
Christopher Sierra from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
Kaitlyn McElligott from Pembroke High School
Devin Marino from Windham High School
Tyler Tambouris from Trinity High School
Peyton Kent from Souhegan High School
Jessie Barrios from Central Falls High School
Stephanie Ricci from Smithfield High School
Jamie Fugere from East Greenwich High School
Sabrina Roberge from Lake Region Union High School
Olivia Bryce from Lamoille Union High School
Sawyer Kamman from Mount Abraham Union High School
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.
SOURCE HP Hood