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Junior Lauren Willis named one of 10 Capital District Sports Women of the Year

March 30, 2020

Lauren Willis Head ShotSouth Glens Falls High School junior Lauren Willis, who competes in field hockey, lacrosse and bowling, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2020 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year (CDSWOY) 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 available at the website

Lauren’s academic accomplishments include her earning High Honor/Honor Roll recognition since 2017. She also is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and National Honors Society.

In terms of athletics, Lauren was named the Most Valuable Player for the field hockey team in three seasons, 2017-19. She also was a scholar-athlete in field hockey in those three years. For the past three seasons, Lauren was named to the Section 2 Foothills Field Hockey All-Star First Team. He was a Section 2 All State honoree in helping to lead South Glens Falls field hockey team to the Sectional Finals. Lauren has been a lacrosse scholar-athlete since 2017 and was named to the Foothills Lacrosse Honorable Mention team in 2019. She also earned scholar-athlete honors in bowling in 2018.

Lauren’s community service includes the following: Salvation Army bell ringer, volunteer for the Ben Osborn Fund (getting gifts and wrapping them for children in need at Christmas time), South Glens Falls Marathon Dance participant, field hockey intramural/youth coach for girls age five and up, ice hockey youth coach and landscaping for the Double H Ranch.

SGFHS Staff has the following to say about Lauren:

“Lauren is an extremely dedicated young woman who is not afraid to put in the work and step outside the norm to be the best she possibly can be. Lauren’s positive attitude is contagious and invigorates her teammates and coaches. Academics are very important to her as can be seen by her 94.18 GPA. It’s nearly impossible to look through her transcripts and find a teacher that hasn’t stated she’s a pleasure to have in class, strives to do her best, or displays a positive attitude.”
-Matt Griep
Director of Physical Education, Health & Athletics

“Lauren is a ‘natural’ leader. This characteristic was very much evident during her freshman year on the varsity team. With a strong, intimidating group of seniors, Lauren did not hesitate to speak up when needed, whether she was asked to or not. I knew that she would be capable of handling the leadership role and has been elected team captain every year thereafter. She works extremely hard to balance her high academic standards and extracurricular activities. Lauren is also active in her community, volunteering her time to help others.”
-Mary Ponda
Physical Education/Health Teacher/Field Hockey Coach

Category: District News, SGFalls HS News