On Monday, November 5 the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association in coordination with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association held their annual scholarship banquet at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington. This banquet serves as one of the highlight events of the annual Vermont Student Athletic Leadership Conference, to which BFA Fairfax sends eight of our top student-athlete leaders each year.
This year, BFA Fairfax was proud to have Shane Seals (‘19) selected as one of ten NIAAA Student-Athlete Scholarship winners in the State of Vermont. In addition to an essay on how athletic participation has impacted his life, Shane was required to demonstrate his exceptional qualities in academic potential, athletic participation, and service to others.
At the awards banquet, Athletic Director Geri Witalec-Krupa’s introduction of Shane stated “Whether on the cross country and Nordic trails, the ultimate frisbee pitch, serving on our School Board, or leading the construction of our phenomenal school farm, Shane guides others to success with humility and integrity. Many BFA Fairfax programs have greatly succeeded with him, and our school is a much better place because of him.”
Shane’s acceptance speech included a powerful and motivating message to the younger student-athletes in attendance, sharing “Before I go, I have one thing to say: For every sports superstar there are hundreds of athletes working just as hard, day after day, to reach their goals; be that athlete, push yourself to the limit and keep pushing, because, at the end of the day, that’s what you’ll be proud of.”
We are extremely proud of Shane’s scholarship, as well as all of his accomplishments during his time at BFA Fairfax. He has been a leader and role model for others, and will undoubtedly experience continued success next year at the University of Vermont as the Green and Gold Scholar. Congratulations Shane!