MERIDEN — For Chloe LaBissoniere, the four years she spent at H.C. Wilcox Technical High School made her feel as if she has a second family.
“My favorite part [of high school was the community because I seriously felt like I had a second family going [to Wilcox],” she said.
She played on the volleyball and softball teams but also focused on academics, becoming the class of 2020’s valedictorian.
“Honestly freshman year, I had no idea [what valedictorian] was,” the 17-year-old said. “By the end of freshman year, I learned what [valedictorian] was so then basically I made a promise to myself that I can do this ... Basically I just stayed on top of all my work.”
LaBissoniere was also a two-year captain of the volleyball team and was named Wilcox’s CAS-CIAC female Scholar-Athlete for 2020. She was also all-conference in volleyball and softball.
“She was always a competitor, well versed in a number of youth activities and always ready to learn,” said Wilcox athletic director Steven Wodarski. “Everything that she did in this school was done with complete focus and attention. I never saw her perform less than one hundred percent.”
LaBissioniere feels being a part of a team helped her in all aspects of school and life.
“Overall, I think being a part of a team really helps growing your character in general,” LaBissioniere said. “Since you’re so focused on doing well in a game, it pushes you to do better in other areas of life. I think athletics also pushed me to be a better student.”
LaBissioniere did not have a favorite class or subject.
“I think it just depends on the teacher. I think that any subject can be interesting as long as there is someone interesting that is teaching it,” she said.
LaBissioniere plans to attend Central Connecticut State University. She’s enrolled in the construction management program at Wilcox but is now considering a career in physical education.
Because of COVID-19, LaBissioniere is unsure when she will get to celebrate her accomplishments with the Wilcox community.
“One thing I would want to say is just ‘thank you,’” LaBissioniere said. “...it’s a genuine ‘thank you’ for making it such an enjoyable experience, constant love and support and for always just turning any day into a good one. I’m going to miss it”