Alex was named Scholar-Athlete for soccer, and Adam for ice hockey. They will be honored — along with seniors from Staples’ 31 other varsity sports — at a special dinner on Sunday, June 7 (Continental Manor, 5 p.m.).
The Scholar-Athlete banquet — now in its 8th year — is one of Staples’ most enjoyable traditions. Each athlete is asked a question pertaining to his or her athletic, academic or extracurricular interests. Their quick responses provide intriguing insights into the depth and breadth of Staples’ student-athletes. Boys soccer coach Dan Woog is emcee.
As tri-captain of the boys soccer team, Alex Hoberman led the Wreckers to the most wins in their 50-year history, as well as an FCIAC championship and state “LL” semifinal appearance. League coaches chose him for the FCIAC All-Division team. He also was selected to play in the Senior Bowl, and received Norwalk Hour All-Area honors.
Alex serves Staples as president of Student Assembly, and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also volunteers with autistic children, through the Friendship Circle. His GPA is 3.94.
Woog praised: “They don’t come any better than Alex. He was an anchor at midfield, and led by example in everything he did. He is a role model, a leader, and a superb young man.” Alex will attend Emory University this fall.
A two-sport captain, Adam Liu’s accolades include hockey’s Coach’s Award, and soccer’s Block “S” Most Valuable Player and All-FCIAC first team.
Adam has amassed scholastic honors too: Academic Excellence and “Most Interested” in Chinese, as well as “Most Interested” in Italian. A lover of languages, he studied last summer at Middlebury College’s intensive Chinese language program. He is also a musician, excelling at cello.
Hockey coach Ralph Unker called Adam “the consummate student-athlete. His contributions to the team are unmatched.” Adam will attend Middlebury College this fall.
(Click here for ticket information for the Scholar-Athlete dinner.)