Congratulations to AHA Scholarship Winner - Elizabeth Smith
Ms. Smith played goalie at Central Catholic and was a lifelong AHA member, from the initiation clinics through high school half season teams. In her application essay, she noted how she needed to convert from skater to goaltender relatively late in her hockey career, as a U-14 player, and confessed that at first she was terrified! But gradually she improved and learned to love playing in net. Elizabeth’s favorite subject in high school has been English, and she is currently deciding between Fordham University and Virginia Tech for college, where she would like to study business. She recalls Coach Hellman as being influential in her hockey development during her youth hockey days. Her lasting memory of this past season was senior night, when Central Catholic faced off against Andover High - meaning she got to play against many of her friends with whom she has grown up playing hockey. Her advice for young AHA players is don’t be afraid to try something new – whether it be hockey related (like she did when she switched to goalie) or in life.
The AHA is very proud of these scholarship winners. All three young ladies epitomized the mission of the AHA in terms of their commitment, teamwork, sportsmanship, and community service. We are grateful that their families chose AHA for their youth hockey experience and wish them luck and success as they embark on their next adventures in life.