February 2015 Showcase Cinemas Student Athlete of the Month
Candis Kowalik from the Warwick Vets High School, and Jamie Villanueva from the Mount St. Charles Academy, have been named winners of the Showcase Cinemas Student Athlete of the Month for February 2015.
The February Athlete of the Month last year after regaining the individual state title and guiding the Hurricanes to their first Division II Championship, Candis earns the honor once again after becoming only the fourth gymnast in the nearly 40-year history of R.I. high school gymnastics to win three individual championships. The senior won the gold on vault and beam and took the silver on floor, en route to posting the top all-around score of 37.79. Serving like an assistant coach on the team, she also helped Warwick Vets finish tied for the regular-season title in its first season competing in Division I. A high honor student, Candis is involved with the school's Leadership Academy, volunteering many hours of community service.
A four-year letter-winner in indoor track, Jamie has also competed for Mount St. Charles’ cross country team for the past two seasons and is embarking upon his third season of outdoor track. The senior has performed numerous hours of community service that include serving a medical apprenticeship and working as a library assistant and musical tutor. Jamie has also won an assortment of gold and silver medals as a member of Mount’s Competitive Marching Band, Competitive Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. An extremely committed student, as well, he is enrolled in Honors Geometry, Honors French III and Honors Physics, along with AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP U.S. History, AP Chemistry and AP Psychology.
North – Megan Lefebvre, North Smithfield HS and Jamie Villanueva, Mount St. Charles Academy
South – Abigail Cuddy, Chariho HS -- (no nominations received for male)
East – (no nominations received for male or female)
West – (no nominations received for male or female)
Central – Candis Kowalik, Warwick Vets HS