Showcase Student Athlete of the Year Winners 2015-2016
Erin Blake from Cranston West High School, and Austen Clark from Classical High School, have been named Student Athlete of the Year winners for 2015-2016. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the college of their choice.
Erin is a senior at Cranston West High School. She was captain of both the Girls’ Soccer and Basketball Teams. She was an All-League performer in Girls Basketball and was named the RI Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s All State Academic Team this past winter. Erin is a National Honor Society member and a Rhode Island Presidential Scholar’s Award finalist. She is a Student Council member, a Freshman Mentor and maintains a 4.6 GPA in Honors and AP Courses. In the community, Erin is a volunteer youth basketball coach and was an intern at the Cedar Crest Nursing Home and the RI Hospital Emergency Department. More impressively, Erin is the Founder and Director of a student run charity organization called “Running for Remission: From Kids to Kids” which raises much needed funds for children who cannot afford medical treatment. For her high academic and athletic achievement and her outstanding leadership and service to others, it is with great pleasure that we recognize Erin Blake as the 2016 RIIL Female Student Athlete of the Year.
Austen Austen is a senior at Classical High School. He has participated in Boys Soccer, Indoor Track, Football, Swimming and Tennis. Austen was named captain of both the soccer and tennis teams and is a two time All State recipient in the sport of tennis. Academically, he is the class Valedictorian, a Harvard Book Award winner and has taken many AP and Honors classes throughout his high school career. Interestingly, Austen is also a member of the Providence Hurling Club and has participated in events in Massachusetts and Connecticut which showcase the National Sport of Ireland. In the community, Austen is an active member of his church, assisted in food drives and has been a youth tennis instructor. He has helped organize a “Go Green” fundraiser to help a soccer teammate’s family that was impacted by cancer. For his high academic and athletic achievement and his outstanding leadership and service to others, it is with great pleasure that we recognize Austen Clark as the 2016 RIIL Male Student Athlete of the Year.