Law, West Haven students named SCC Scholar Athletes of the Month

Jonathan Law’s Tim Maher and Ciara Hayden, along with West Haven’s Pablo Perez and Yingxian Guo, were among the 14 student-athletes from seven high schools named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for November.

Student-athletes that are selected must be a varsity letter winner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities such as: being a positive role model; helping teammates overcome adversity; showing a commitment to self-improvement; or putting the needs of the team before themselves.

Sports Center of CT/SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month recipients receive a certificate, commemorative T-shirt and a SportsCenter of Connecticut activity pass.

Maher, a three-sport athlete (football, indoor track, baseball) at Law, has been an outstanding performer in the classroom. A captain on the Eagles football team and an All-SCC Division II honoree this season, Maher has been named to the honor roll every year while receiving high honors the past three years.

He holds a 4.48 grade-point average and ranks in the top 5 percent of his class while taking six advanced placement courses.

“Tim is the perfect example of what it means to be successful in the classroom and on the playing field,” Law athletic director Mike Hoggatt said. “He is a great leader and even a better person.”

Hayden, a three-sport athlete at Law, has excelled as a student-athlete. She sports a 4.36 grade-point average that places her in the top 5 percent of the class while taking eight advanced placement courses.

Hayden has been named to the high honor roll every year. In addition to being a committed member of the varsity soccer team, Hayden is also captain of both the varsity indoor and outdoor track teams.

“Ciara works very hard in the classroom and on the soccer field,” Hoggatt said. “She is respected by the faculty and her peers.”

Perez, is one of the most accomplished soccer players in the state, as well as a tremendous student. He holds a 3.96 grade-point average that places him 23rd in the graduating class and is a peer advocate at West Haven.

Perez has received numerous awards including being named the SCC Player of the year which is voted on by league coaches. He was also recognized as the Male Athlete of the Year presented by the referee committee of the Greater New Haven Areas in addition to being the New Haven Register League MVP. He has been named to All-Division, All-Conference, All-State, and All-New England teams.

“Pablo is an excellent leader both in the classroom and on the field,” West Haven soccer coach Liam Leapley said. “He maintains great balance between the two without sacrificing either.”

Guo, a captain of the girls’ swim team at West Haven, has been an exceptional performer in the classroom. She ranks at the top of her class and is involved in a number of school activities.

Guo is captain of the Yale Urban Debate League, editor of the school newspaper, and President and field leader of the concert and marching band. She was just recently chosen to be a national delegate as part of the United States Senate Youth Program, an exclusive opportunity that only 104 high school students in the country participate in.

“Ying always pushes herself to the limit and has achieved everything she has set her heart on whether it be in the pool or in the classroom and is a shining example for other student athletes,” West Haven swimming coach Erin Reilly said.