One more honor for decorated Berlin High student-athletes

Each spring, two seniors from each member high school are selected to represent their school as Connecticut Association of Schools – Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes.

Berlin High School is proud to announce this year’s Scholar-Athlete Award recipients are Michael Deegan and Elizabeth Dunn.

Selection criteria include exemplary academic and athletic careers; personal standards and achievements that are a model to others; and high levels of integrity, self-discipline, and courage.

The scholar-athlete award winners were honored at the CAS-CIAC banquet held May 7 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

Michael Deegan

Michael Deegan has dedicated years of hard work to become the athlete that he is today.

As a member of the Berlin High School varsity golf team, Deegan has received the Redcoat Award and was named team captain. In addition, the team earned the CCC South Division championship in 2022.

Deegan’s dedication to the sport of hockey has led him to many wins and tournaments all over the United States and Canada. He was captain of the Newington High School co-op hockey team and an all-conference performer.

During his time with the team, Deegan earned the Coaches Award and the co-op claimed the CCC tournament championship and the CIAC Division III state championship.

Deegan was also a member of Central Connecticut Youth Hockey championship teams and participated in the USA Hockey National Championships in back-to-back years.

In the classroom, Deegan is a focused student who understands how to balance academics, athletics and family life. He has excelled in a rigorous academic program and truly loves to learn.

Deegan was inducted into the National Honor Society due to his excellent academic achievements, dedication to community service and strong leadership skills. Even with the demands of being an excellent student and athlete, Deegan finds time to work two part-time jobs.

Deegan will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall to pursue a business degree. He plans to play club hockey.

Elizabeth Dunn

Elizabeth (Libby) Dunn is an enthusiastic, articulate and intelligent young lady who is constantly pushing herself to be better.

A two-year captain of the Berlin High School girls golf team, Dunn has earned back-to-back CIAC State Open championships. She won the Division II state championship as an individual as well as with the team.

Dunn is an All-State and all-conference performer, and a Coaches Award winner. Also, she was named GameTimeCT Player of the Year.

Dunn participates in the golfing community outside of Berlin High as well. She volunteers her time as a coach for 5- and 6-year-old aspiring golfers in the First Tee program and is a PGA Junior League assistant coach at Timberlin Golf Course.

Dunn has excelled in a rigorous academic program, where she prides herself on putting maximum effort into every class and assignment. And she is always willing to lend a hand, even volunteering to come to school early to tutor a fellow student.

Based on her academic success and dedication to service and leadership, Dunn was inducted into the National Honor Society and the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society.

Dunn will attend Texas Christian University to pursue degrees in both mathematics and psychology. She plans to play club golf.


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