Two girls from Vorheesville who were teammates at Clayton A. Bouton High School are among the four scholarship recipients of the Capital District Youth Soccer League.
The award is based on success in high school as well as community service.
The scholarship winners:
Amanda Gillenwalters of Voorheeseville, N.Y. graduated from Clayton A. Bouton High School, where she played soccer for the past six years, becoming the leading goal scorer on her varsity team and ending regular season play as a Top 10 Section II goal scorer. She also played for the Greenbush Soccer Club the past 10 years. She finished her high school/youth career as team captain for both teams. Gillenwalters’ essay scholarship expressed the importance of teamwork that has helped her in many facets of her life. This fall, she will attend Binghamton University as an English major in English and continuing her soccer career.
Cayden Smith of Voorheeseville, N.Y. graduated from Clayton A. Bouton High School, playing soccer for three years and competing for the New Scotland Soccer Club the past eight years. In her essay, she described how soccer gave her confidence in her abilities as a player and leader. This fall, Smith will attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges as a biology major on a pre-veterinary track. She also plans to join the club equestrian team and the club soccer team.
Tyler Trahan of Troy, N.Y. studied at LaSalle Institute, where he was a member of the JV and varsity soccer teams. He also played for the Brunswick Soccer Club the past 13 years. Soccer has taught Trahan to be a positive person who tries to encourage people. The leadership skills and discipline he learned through the sport has helped him lead successful fundraisers in school. He wrote about his experiences fundraising over $15,000 for the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research the past two years. Trahan will attend the University of South Carolina as a finance major and as a member of their Capstone Scholars program.
Jared Meisel of Rensselaer, N.Y. graduated from Columbia High School and played for five years with the Greenbush Soccer Club. He was captain of his varsity team. Soccer has given Meisel invaluable leadership skills and the opportunity to play with people he may have not met otherwise. Some of his teammates were refugees from Myanmar, whose plight has been influential on Meisel’s choice in career paths. This influenced him to volunteer with the RISSE (Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus) after-school program. He will attend Notre Dame this fall.
The CDYSL scholarship program has been in existence since 2004.