WATERTOWN - Daniel Ottowitz and Aubrey DiStefano of Watertown High School were among three hundred and sixty senior student athletes recognized in a CAS-CIAC Virtual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on May 3. Scholar Athletes selected by 183 schools for their achievements in athletics and the classroom were honored.

The program featured many elements of the annual Scholar Athlete Banquet with some new additions for the virtual program.

Viewers were encouraged to share support for the honorees during the program on social media, with some comments being featured on CIAC social media platforms.

The event also featured recognition of each Scholar Athlete; remarks from keynote speaker Anna Mahon, a former Olympian and current principal of Amity Regional High School; retired radio personality Bob Picozzi hosted the event for the 33rd time in 36 years; a profile of Haley Lespier from Maloney High School, the 2020 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award winner; brief features on a pair of compelling scholar-athlete stories; congratulatory messages from noteworthy Connecticut sports figures.

The program is still available on the NFHS Network, CIACsports.com, the CAS-CIAC YouTube page.

The Scholar-Athlete Program annually recognizes two high school seniors from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage.

It is one of the longest running CAS-CIAC events, honoring standout senior student athletes every year since 1984, but could not be held in person this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

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