The Connecticut High School Coaches Association honored four high school athletes with its scholar-athlete awards during its annual banquet Thursday.
Darien’s Nicolai Ostberg, Branford’s Megan Shea, Amity’s Lisa Gorham, and Southington’s James Hoder were this year’s recipients.
The CHSCA also gave out awards for ‘Coach of the Year’ in each of the season’s sports.
Nicolai Ostberg, Darien
Nicolai has a 4.325 GPA/4.0 weighted and a total SAT score of 2280. He earned varsity letters all four years in swimming.
Academic honors and awards for Nicolai have included: AP Scholar; Harvard Book Award for Academic Excellence and high character; Vassar Book Award for Excellence in Humanities; Fairfield University Excellence in Mathematics and Science Award; Governor’s Scholar semi-finalist; and National Honor Society.
He was captain of the swim team, an FCIAC, State and State Open qualifier, member of the All-State 400 freestyle relay and winner of the swim team’s Warrior Award for Spirit and Attitude.
Nicolai has served as president and treasurer of the Student council, a class officer, member of the school orchestra on violin and participated in Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Nicolai is a state certified EMT and a first responder at his town’s only ambulance service, one that has been nationally recognized. The service is staffed by high school students with a small group of adult volunteers.
After becoming a member freshman year, he volunteered 20 hours a week supporting the EMTs on the ambulance. As a sophomore he completed a six-month EMT course to become state-certified. He was also a mentor to incoming freshmen with the service.
Following junior year, he was selected to the six-person leadership team as VP of training. That year based on his skill, knowledge and dedication to excellence, he was selected as Outstanding EMT of the Year. In 2014, he was selected a one of four Crew Chiefs and now also is an ambulance driver. He is on duty approximately 400 hours a month, including 24-hour, on-call shifts.
Nicolai says: “EMS is my passion and has changed my life … I realize it is the human element that draws me in so close, the chance to help someone in need.
Nicolai will attend Stanford University in the fall.
Megan Shea, Branford
Megan is ranked No. 1 in a class of 238 and scored 2100 on her SATs and 34 on ACT.
She has earned varsity letters in field hockey for four years and played basketball as a freshman and outdoor track freshman and sophomore years.
Her academic honors and awards include: Yale Book Award; Bausch and Lomb University of Rochester Science Book Award; National Chemistry Olympiad Qualifier; Awards for Excellence in Advanced Placement Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP Psychology, Honors English and Honors Spanish; Rotary Club Student of the Month twice; National Honor Society Book Award.
Megan earned first-team All-State field hockey honors twice and New Haven Register All-Area field hockey twice. She was selected All-SCC two times for field hockey and has been an SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month.
She was co-MVP for her team twice, second team All-SCC sophomore year, and a member of the HTC field hockey club.
She has been a Town Board of Education Student Representative and member of the Model Congress, National Honor Society, World Language National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.
Since seventh grade, Megan has volunteered at a local charity bike ride called AngelRide, which benefits The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp’s Hospital Outreach Program. The program serves patients in 26 hospitals, three in Connecticut, that provides a summer camp experience for children with life-threatening diseases such as cancer and sickle cell anemia.
She has served as a co-organizer of the Young AdultRide, forming a team of young adults to fund-raise and ride together, helped organize registration and apparel details and has been a fund-raiser and rider.
Megan says: “I’ve been very fortunate to have helped change the lives of many seriously ill children by providing the means for joy and fun in a hospital setting. I plan to continue my involvement in AngelRide and the camp for years to come.”
Megan will attend Amherst College in the fall, where she will play Division III field hockey?
Lisa Gorham, Amity Regional
Lisa scored 34 on her ACTs and 2210 on SATs.
She has lettered in three sports all four years of high school: cross country, and indoor and outdoor track.
Academic honors and awards for Lisa include: National Merit Commended Scholar; AP Scholar; Wellesley Book Award; Science Department Award of Excellence in Chemistry, Class I, Class II and Class III Award, and CAPT Scholar.
In cross country she has earned All-Housatonic honors, first team All-Conference and New Haven Register Runner to Watch. In indoor track, she was All Eastern Sectional as a junior. In outdoor track, she was All-Housatonic, All-Eastern Sectional and All-Conference second team. She was a captain on all three teams as a senior.
Lisa is a member of the National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Link Crew Leader, Peer Tutor, Student Government and President of Infinite Possibilities Club.
In the past four years, Lisa has volunteered for numerous community service activities. She is a Link Crew Leader, a program in which Lisa helps oversee 10 freshman and follows them throughout the year providing guidance and support. This includes a full-day orientation and follows with social and academic events during the year.
She is also a Peer Tutor in Math, English and Spanish. She works after school with students who are struggling academically.
Lisa is president of Infinite Possibilities, a club that holds an after-school program once a month with fourth-grade girls in which math and science concepts are taught though fun activities. Last year, she co-founded a running club at the same school and during fall season taught children about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
Also, she takes part in Relay for Life, which holds special significance because of a diagnosis of cancer in her family, and is a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Junior Board who volunteers at concerts and galas, helping pass out programs and serving as an usher. She also volunteers at the local community farm, running game stations for children when it hosts events.
Lisa volunteers at the soup kitchen with fellow National Honor Society and Student Government students, and at numerous road races with her high school team and with Girls On The Run, an organization that encourages third-through-eighth grade girls to get excited about running.
Lisa says: “I sincerely enjoy giving back to the community and I love all of the volunteer work I do.”
Lisa will attend Washington University in St. Louis in the fall, where she will study Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and will run cross country and track.
James Hoder, Southington
James is ranked No. 1 in a class of 476 and scored a 2260 on his SAT.
He has earned a varsity letter in tennis for four years.
James’ academic achievements have included: President of the National Honor Society; RIT Computing Medal Award; Harvard Book Club of Southern Connecticut Prize Book; Fourth in Business Math at FBLA State Leadership Conference; Highest Schoolwide grade in Biology and Geometry; Scoring in the top 10 percent nationwide in the National French Exam in 2013 and 2014.
He has been a three-year varsity doubles tennis player, the runner-up in a large local tournament and winner of Southington’s varsity 11th Man Award for outstanding performance.
He is a member of ACE (Engineering) Mentorship, the Drama Club, FBLA, the Math team, French Exchange Program and Junior Achievement, teaching elementary school children.
James has done volunteer work at a local elementary school, teaching children, at his church and in aiding needy with a local furniture and clothing donation ministry.
He has taught second-grade children at a local elementary school on subjects such as money, government and community. At his church, James has taught children religious services, played bass guitar and sang on the worship team, mentored pre-teens and run a summer program to teach and entertain children.
Through the donation ministry, he has delivered entire households of furniture to people in need.
James says: “My work has greatly impacted my community. I have taught children, offered service for the benefit of others and provided food, furniture and clothing to those in need. I am extremely proud of and grateful for these opportunities I have been granted.”