2019-20 RILL Student-Athlete of the Month
Every member school is encouraged to nominate a deserving male and female student-athlete each month. The goal of this program is to recognize the outstanding efforts of student-athletes in Rhode Island high school athletic programs who:
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League congratulates 2019-20 RIIL Student-Athletes of the Year:
The Honorable Monsignor Robert Newbold Scholarship Award winners are typically announced during the annual RIIL Awards Luncheon. However, with the luncheon cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RIIL paid surprise visits to Mallay and Vygoder this week to inform them they had been chosen.
The RIIL Student-Athlete of the Month program recognizes the outstanding efforts of student-athletes in Rhode Island high school athletic programs who excel in the classroom and during competition, participate in multiple school sponsored sports and demonstrate good citizenship in their school and community.
First selected as the RIIL Male Student-Athlete of the Month for October, Frederick Mallay graduated with honors from Mt. Pleasant High School in June, where he competed in football and track for the Kilties and established himself among the best in the state in both. Leading the state in rushing yards, touchdowns and yards per carry last fall, he led Mt. Pleasant to an appearance in the 2019 Division II Super Bowl. Several months later, Mallay helped the track team to a third-place team finish at the 2020 RIIL Indoor State Championships, running a leg of the Kilties’ winning 4x200-meter dash, placing third in the 300-meter dash and sixth in the 55-meter dash. In addition, he was a member of the Mt. Pleasant chorus for three years, as well as a member of the math team and was involved in student government. Mallay will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Rhode Island, where he has received a full football scholarship.
Asked to share a piece of advice with other student-athletes around the state, Mallay and Vygoder had this to say:
“I got this advice, being a lucky man,” Mallay said. “It’s all about preparation, how you prepare yourself. Just going into every task at hand, make sure you have a plan, make sure you have a vision. And even if others don’t see your vision, make sure you see it. As long as you see it and you know how to get there, just put in 100 percent effort and you can’t fail.”
“I would say don’t worry as much. Just try to take it one day at a time,” was Vygoder’s advice. “Everything isn’t the end of the world, even though it does [feel like it sometimes]. Just stick with the right people. You have a lot of great kids throughout the state that are there for you. The bonds, they’re unbreakable, and if you ever have questions or need help, just ask your friends, ask your coaches. They’re like a family. They would always help.”
The RIIL also congratulates the following RIIL Student-Athlete of the Month selections who were recognized throughout the 2019-20 school year: