Emily Simpson and Kyle Michelson from Foran High were among 13 student-athletes from seven high schools named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for March.

Now in its seventh year, The SportsCenter of Connecticut/SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month program honors outstanding young men and women each month during the 2012-13 academic year.

“Many thanks to the Sports Center of Connecticut for its support of the SCC and the Scholar Athlete of the Month program,” SCC Commissioner Al Carbone said.

“This conference has been proud of its success for the last 18-plus years, and to be able to recognize outstanding young men and women who demonstrate the desire and ability to succeed solidifies what the SCC is all about.”

Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.0/B average, while demonstrating leadership qualities.

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

Emily Simpson

A captain of the Lions girl’s tennis team, Simpson has excelled on the court and in the classroom.

She has been named to the Honor Roll in addition to being named AP Scholar, CAPT Scholar and receiving the Mount Holoyoke College Book Award.

Extra-curricular activities that Simpson participates in include National Helpers, Student Government, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and the SCC Diversity Program.

Foran girls tennis coach Dan Hammond said, “Emily is a four-year starter and a four-year competitor who always gave one hundred per cent in every match. She is a true coach’s dream.”

Kyle Michelson

A member of the Lions’ boys tennis team, Michelson has been an outstanding performer in the classroom.

He has been named to the Honor Roll and was a 2013 SCC Scholar Leader — one of just 44 students recognized by the conference.

Michelson has shown academic excellence in algebra, Latin and civics, as well as being a member of Best Buddies.

Foran boys tennis coach Shelley Visinki said, “Kyle is an essential player and role model for the team and will lead the team to postseason play this year.”

Founded in 1994, the Southern Connecticut Conference is in its 19th season of competition in 2012-13 with 22 member-schools and nearly 23,000 students.

SCC member schools have captured 349 state championships since the league’s inception.

More importantly, the SCC is recognized for its outstanding non-athletic programs and events, which attempt to break down barriers and build bridges of understanding to its students.

For more information on the SCC, visit SouthernConnecticutConference.org.