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Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship® Winners Recognized in Boston

Lynnfield, MA (May 18, 2015)
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 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 sixth year, the Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship received more than 2,600 entries 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 judges who identified the top three in each state. 

Gord Kluzak, former Bruins Defenseman and current investment advisor at Goldman Sachs, served as Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship spokesperson and spoke to students about the importance of good sportsmanship.  

“During my time with the Bruins I learned that sportsmanship is something that defines an athlete. I always put respect and integrity above the desire to win, as hard as that sometimes can be,” said Kluzak. “The Sportsmanship Scholarship seeks out athletes that instill these qualities at a young age and rewards them for it, which is why I am so proud to be part of this program.” 

The winners included: 


Joshua Goldstein, The Williams School, Georgetown University

Kevin Bates, Granby Memorial High School, University of Connecticut

Katherine Wang, Cheshire High School, Wellesley College


Ashley Shilko, Smithfield High School, University of Rhode Island

Sarah Morris, Rogers High School, Bard College

Savannah Hersey, Warwick Veterans Memorial High School, Sacred Heart University


Samantha Cox, Longmeadow High School, Springfield College

Bryan Flaherty, Beverly High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hiroto Watanabe, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Tufts University


Jordan Godfrey, Rutland High School, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Kennedy Pagano, Rutland High School, Elmira College

Rachel Johnson, Randolph Union High School, Norwich University


Emily Levasseur, Monmouth Academy, Unity College 

Jamie Gaughan, Sacopee High School, Maine Maritime Academy

Maeve Carlson, Wiscasset High School, University of Maine



Hailey Mcafee, Newfound Regional High School, Wellseley College

Emily Bouley, Windham High School, Villanova University

Casey Iasillo, Bow High School, Monmouth University 


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 
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