Pamela Alvares, Teacher of Physical Education, Health, Biology and Business, Bristol County Agricultural High School (Dighton) Bobbie Finn, Athletics Administrative Assistant, Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) Eleanor E. Petrovick, Wellness Teacher, Foxborough High School Linda Zacchilli, Head Girls Volleyball Coach and Assistant Boys Volleyball Coach, Milford High School
The MIAA Women in Leadership Committee yearly recognizes women who have worked with distinction on behalf of the girls’ sports in their communities. This award celebrates the efforts of those whose contributions have had a lasting and profound effect on female student athletes.
The nominations must have the support of a school administrator. When considering nominees, please weigh longevity, contributions, and distinguished service as important factors.
The successful candidate could be a coach, administrator, trainer, parent, community volunteer, etc. She is:
A woman who has provided long-term service (a minimum of 10 years) to your school and/or community in support of girls’ sports and athletics.
A woman who has made a significant impact on the lives of young girls and women in your school/ community.
A woman who has consistently served as a positive role model for girls and women.
A woman who is an unsung hero of your program.
Elizabeth Haygood - Amherst Regional High School Terry Riley - Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School Pat Ruggiero - Melrose High School Judy Schneider - Hanover High School
Mary Ryan - Rockport Middle/High School Mary Lou Thimas - Coach, Administrator, Official and Women's Sports Advocate Tanya Sullivan - Middleborough High School
Marge Bohan - Dedham High School Sarah Greeley - Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Deb Roussell - Maynard High School
Ann Simons - Holyoke High School Tara Morano - Middleborough High School Mary Burke - Medway High School
Vicky Caburian - Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Melanie Martin - Holyoke High School
Dara Johnson - Dover-Sherborn High School Theresa Smith - Plymouth North and Plymouth South High Schools Kathy Swain - Norfolk County Agricultural High School Kathleen Thompson - Wayland High School
Sue Dean Ames - Framingham High School Lynne Geiger - East Longmeadow High School Debra Riggott - Waltham High School Janet Sullivan - Stoughton High School
Jean Fedak - Algonquin Regional High School Molly Foster - Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
Pat Coniff - West Bridgewater M/S High School Elizabeth Grady - Natick High School Mim Jarema - Reading Memorial High School Patricia Morano - Mashpee High School
Sharon Dupre - Blackstone-Millville Regional High School Karen Grezesik - Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School Gladys Perez-Byrd - Madison Park Technical/Vocational High School
Donna Brickley - Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) Amy Heath - Newburyport High School Karen McCarthy - Avon Middle/High School Brenda Sullivan - Maynard High School
Elizabeth Knight - Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Elaine Wasylow - Bristol-Plymouth Regional Vocational Technical High School Nancy Williams - Chelmsford High School Lisa Zappala - Academy of Notre Dame (Tyngsboro)
Virginia Slagle - Lynnfield High School Susan Moss - Whitman-Hanson Regional High School Kathy Brosnahan - Douglas High School Angelina Chilaka - Harwich High School
2003 (Unsung Heroine)
Mary Kelleher Nancy Martens - Official Mary Ellen Hasenfuss - Medway High School Chris Brown - Wayland High School
2002 (Unsung Heroine)
Marge Bohan - Dedham High School Barbara Damon - Danvers High School Katharina Decas - Sharon High School Nancy Mowry - Bishop Feehan High School Yvonne Van Goor - Triton Regional High School
2001 (Unsung Heroine)
Beth Ahern - Plymouth Lorraine Benoit -Peabody Patricia I. Brown - Winthrop Dorothy Houston - Williamstown Verna Mulready - Weymouth Carol Ryan - Worcester Janet Cassidy Wood - Wilmington
2000 (Unsung Heroine)
Sandy Curt - Lexington Nancy Healy - Weston Rose Naples - Nauset Margaret O’Leary - Beverly Joan Pacheco - Rockland Cynthia Tozzi - Hingham
1999 (Unsung Heroine)
Mary Anne Clougher - Dedham Midge Durgin - Hingham Sandy Lezon - Salem Pat McGee - Winthrop Ruth M. “Penny” Pension - Lynn Lisa Reynolds - Wakefield Joan Rosazza - Winchester
1998 (Unsung Heroine)
Susan Leddy - Raynham Laurie Hill - Mansfield Kathleen McSweeney - Agawam
1997 (Unsung Heroine)
Judy Corwin - Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Janice Dolan - Winchester HS Cynthia Cuthbertson - Apponequet Regional High School Marilyn Fitzgerald - Andover Diane Jackson - Mansfield High School Sally Johnson - Gardner Jody McManus - Shepherd Hill Regional High School Karen Olander - Osterville Cheryl Palm - Minnechaug Regional High School
The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Massachusetts high schools are invited to send two female athletes who are members of an officially recognized MIAA interscholastic sport team who will represent all female athletes at that school. For more information, or to register, please use the links below.
10th Annual Girls and Women in Sport Essay Contest
We are pround to announce the winners of the 2017 GWS Essay Contest:
First Place: Emily O'Neill, Cardinal Spellman High School (Brockton)
Second Place: Katherine Arsenault, Oakmont Regional High School (Ashburnham)
Third Place: Mia McDonald, Westfield High School
Thanks to all who entered!
Essay Prompt: Opportunities for participating in competitive athletics have expanded since Title IX was passed almost five decades ago, and experts agree these opportunities give female athletes a toolkit for success in life. How has this expanded opportunity affected you? How will you use your participation in athletics to help expand opportunities for future female athletes?
• Be recognized at the event at Faneuil Hall. • Receive a certificate commemorating their achievement. • Receive a free GWS Day shirt. • Have their essays published in the day’s program and posted at www.miaa.net. • Receive a financial token:
First Place: $500 and the opportunity to read the winning essay at the Massachusetts Celebration of GWS Day February 3, 2017 at Faneuil Hall
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a United States law, enacted on June 23, 1972 that states,
"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."