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Averill Park’s Ware to be honored

SCHENECTADY — Lydia Ware, a senior at Averill Park High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2020 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year.

Ware, who competes in soccer and track and field, will be recognized at the first-ever Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets for the Gala will go on sale April 13 at proctors.org and at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics and community service. More information is provided at the website, cdswoy.com.

Academically, Ware is valedictorian of the APHS class of 2020 and a member of the National Honor Society. Other honors include recognition as a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Finalist, recipient of the Rensselaer Medal Award, New York State Capital District Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit, CASDA Capital Region Scholar, NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and Averill Park High School Academic Excellence Awards for thirteen courses over the span of her freshman through junior years. Ware received Rensselaer County Legislature Commendation in her freshman, sophomore and junior years, which is awarded to the top five students per class in Averill Park High School. Ware participated in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program, where she also earned High Honors (awarded to the top 30% of selected students).

Ware’s athletic highlights include: Varsity member of the soccer team with Scholar-Athlete honors for three seasons, Brunswick Soccer Club age-level travel team from 2011-19, Varsity member of the track & field team with Scholar-Athlete honors all four seasons, Suburban Scholastic Council All-Star Award in outdoor track, APHS Coach Aldi Athleticism, Leadership, Dedication and Integrity Award, qualifier for New York State Outdoor Championships in the 100m and 200m, APHS outdoor record holder in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m relay, APHS Most Outstanding Track Performer Award, indoor record holder in the 55m, 400m, 4x200m, 4x400m, and sprint medley relays, qualifier for New York State Indoor Championships in the 55m, third place in the NY State Intersectional Relay, Penn Relays Wheel 4x400m, Times Union High School Track & Field All Star, Second Team Suburban Scholastic Council All-Star, APHS Most Outstanding Sprinter, APHS Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete, and APHS Rising Star Award.

Ware’s community service includes the following: Averill Park Student-Athlete Advisory Council (nominated by coach to serve on the committee promoting sportsmanship, leadership, and community service in APHS Athletics). Secretary and co-founder of the APHS Science Club. Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program participant at Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks. Music Ministries, Child Nurture Ministries, Vacation Bible School volunteer, and Audio/Visual Ministries at Brunswick Church.

Ware joins Northville’s Brytney Moore, Galway’s Rachel Wnuk, Middleburgh’s Makenzie Terrell, Lake George’s Rachel Hunsicker and Fort Edward’s Morgan Fish as those who will be honored at the event.

CDSWOY will announce the next student-athlete today and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 7.

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