CHESHIRE, Conn. – Westbrook High School senior multi-sport athlete Alana Bochanis has been selected as the 2019 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport recipient which is given by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).
Bochanis was born with congenital heart disease that required her first surgery when she was three months old; the first of nine surgeries she has endured in her young life. Despite the incredible physical challenges her disease presents she has been a four-year participant for the Westbrook field hockey team, played one season of basketball and indoor track & field, played three seasons on the softball team, and is planning to compete for the Westbrook girls tennis team this spring. She has also maintained an exemplary academic record, serves as Class President, and is a positive presence and leader in the Westbrook community.
As the Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Honoree, Bochanis is the official nominee for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit of Sport Award from Connecticut. An announcement on the section and national NFHS Spirit of Sport honorees will come in March.
The Spirit of Sport award seeks to recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. CIAC began awarding the Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award in 2010, and two Connecticut recipients have gone on to be recognized with the national NFHS Spirit of Sport Award.
Previous Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport recipients:
2018: Marissa Walker, Waterford High School
2017: Danny Deitz, Simsbury High School
2016: Grace Wohlberg, Darien High School
2015: Grace Cummings, Daniel Hand High School
2014: Tyler Mauriello, Branford High School
2013: Michela Veillette, Killingly High School
2012: James Burgoyne, Darien High School
2011: Jamie Botteon, Bristol Eastern High School
2010: Rachel Grusse, Glasontbury High School