HHS says one last goodbye to their 2019 senior athletes


John Renz

Dominique giving his speech for the Male Athlete of the Year award while Davis stands beside him, presenting Dominique's plaque.

Jack Renz and Alex Lasin

On Tuesday, June 4, the HHS Athletic Department hosted an event that encapsulated all of the senior athletes’ careers at HHS.

The ceremony commenced with a speech given by Athletic Director Michael Davis, who talked about how much the class of 2019 had impacted it.

“I have had the joy of watching this group grow up over the past 8 years; I have been able to see first hand from this group how hard work and dedication to a craft can pay off,” Davis said. “I have been able to get to know several great young men and women and I am excited to see what this group can accomplish as it moves on to the next chapter in their lives. I am so proud of the entire graduating class of 2019.”

Throughout the night, senior athletes got plaques that had pictures from their high school athletic careers, wearing the burgundy and gold. Athletes of several different sports were also awarded scholarships pertaining to different foundations or donors.

The two scholar-athletes of 2019 were four-year varsity gymnast Cindy Lou, and 11 season runner Preet Patel. Both of these student athletes took place in many extracurricular activities outside of their sport, earning high GPAs in the classroom.

Four-year varsity softball player Julia Kwiatek won Female Athlete of the Year for her performance on the diamond, which helped her team go far in the postseason. Justin Dominique, varsity soccer captain and middle for the volleyball team, won Male Athlete of the Year. Dominique was given All American Honors in both sports, leading his soccer team to a record of 16-1-2, and his volleyball team into the postseason.

“It is an amazing feeling to be named the Senior Male Athlete of the Year,” Dominique said. “As a freshman, I would have never imagined getting all of these accolades for sports, and it just goes to show how far you can come with hard work and determination.”

All of the athletes have big futures ahead of them, and this night was a recap of how their sports and HHS molded them not only as athletes, but as humans.