MERIDEN — Cam Germe walked away with one of two Record-Journal Scholar-Athlete scholarships at this year’s “Best of the Bunch” awards event.
He was too perfect a pick to pass up.
Germe was a scholar, graduating No. 2 in his class with a 4.99 grade-point average and is on his way to Yale.
Germe was an athlete, graduating as Platt’s all-time leader in saves in soccer and as All-Conference first baseman in baseball. He was also All-Conference in soccer.
“What more can I say?” remarked Tim Redican, who coached Germe in both soccer and bseball. “A four-year member of the Platt baseball team, Cameron certainly has left his mark on the program. We all, players and coaches, are amazed and impressed by his work ethic on and off the field.
“Cam has often stays positive regardless of the outcomes,” Redican added. “This season he has come up with several clutch hits and, defensively, has made many great plays.”
Germe batted .371 in his final season, drove in 18 runs and scored 16.
Platt’s CIAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year scored 800 on the math portion of the SAT and received a number of science awards — Rensselaer Medal, Carolyn Hitchcock Medal, Bausch and Lomb.
Germe was Connecticut’s Governor in the Youth and Government program. In this story, he leads the ticket as one of seven Record-Journal Scholar-Athletes selected by their coaches at Platt High School for the 2019 spring season.
Clayton Bruenn, golf: We welcome sophomore Clayton Bruenn to the Scholar-Athlete fold. Heading into his junior year, Bruenn ranks in the top 10 of his class with a 4.6 GPA.
Platt golf coach Jim Siebert notes that Bruenn “plays the game with great integrity and the intensity of a football player.” It would follow. Bruenn also plays for the Platt football team, coached by his father, Jason Bruenn.
“Clayton is a second-year golfer and one of the hardest-working golfers on the team. He is constantly analyzing his game in an effort to improve,” said coach Jim Siebert. “Clayton is one of the most coachable golfers I’ve ever had on my teams.”
Bruenn is also a musician. He’s a member of the school band and jazz band. A class officer, Bruenn participates in Youth and Government.
Daniela Fuentes, softball: This 2019 graduate is heading to the University of St. Joseph to major in Nursing.
When it came to softball, though, Fuentes could put a hurting on opponents. Coming off a Junior Select season in 2018, she batted .520 this spring as senior captain.
Fuentes was a two-time All-Conference player and four-time All-CCC Academic. She graduated No. 10 in her class with a 4.2 GPA and was a member of both the National Honor and Spanish Honor societies.
A Skills USA secretary, Fuentes took first place in the Connecticut Health Knowledge Bowl.
“Dani is a talented student-athlete with a strong work ethic, a team player to fill in positions where needed,” said softball coach Trish Wodatch. “Platt will miss Daniela Fuentes.”
Elizabeth Garlock, girls track: Lizzie Garlock sewed up a four-year track and field career this spring qualifying for the Class MM state meet in all her events — the triple jump, long jump, high jump and 4x100 relay.
Garlock placed seventh in the triple jump at 34 feet, 11 inches and 10th in the long jump at 16-7½.
“Lizzie is always ready to compete to the best ofher ability,” said track coach Chantal Plisko. “Her drive and competitive spirit have helped her become a role model for our younger athletes.”
Garlock was also a four-year player and Scholar-Athlete in soccer. A senior captain in both sports, Garlock graduated with a 3.93 GPA.
She was Board of Education student rep and president of Interact Club and Skills USA. Garlock also participated in Unified Sports, Key Club, Chemistry Club and the Student Voice and Action Club.
Julio Hernandez, boys track: Platt’s senior captain in the throwing events indeed led the way. With a throw of 162 feet, 1 inch, Julio Hernandez won the Class MM state championship in the javelin.
He also qualified for the state meet in the shot put and discuss.
A standout swimmer, Hernandez was Platt’s Scholar-Athlete in that sport. He graduated with a 3.85 GPA.
Hernandez was a member of the Platt band and the Spanish National Honor Society. He will study Physical Therapy in college.
“Julio is a self-motivated and mature individual who shows nothing but respect and support for his fellow teammates,” said track coach Bob Angiletta.
Patrick Kudewicz, boys tennis: A member of the Pentangles and Thespian Society, this junior has played a king in “Game of Thrones” and a soldier in “The Sound of Music.”
In tennis, Patrick Kudewicz p layed multiple roles for coach Kevin Cook’s squad this spring. He slotted in at No. 3 singles and also saw action at No. 1 doubles.
“Patrick is one of the finest young men I have had the pleasure of knowing and coaching. He is 100 percent a team player and is liked and valued by all,” said Cook. “Patrick is one of the first to offer a hand with equipment and anything else he might think I need assistance with.
“Patrick’s skill level at tennis has elevated each year,” Cook added. “He can be counted on to give his all in a match and always is there rooting on another team player after he is finished with his match.”
A 4.23 student who aspires to study Chemistry/Science in college — preferably at UConn — Kudewicz was inducted into the National Honor Society this year.
He’s logged 22 hour of community service, and counting. He plays double bass in the Platt orchestra.
Julia Misner, girls tennis: Platt’s athlete for all seasons completed another spring playing No. 1 singles for the tennis team.
Also a soccer player and All-Record-Journal basketball player, hoops is the game Julia Misner plans to play at Western Connecticut State University while majoring in Nursing.
Misner graduated No. 13 in Platt’s Class of 2019 with a 4.08 GPA. She was a Scholar-Athlete with the CIAC and New Haven Tap-Off Club along with the R-J.
A National Honor Society inductee, Misner was a member of the Chemistry Club, Chess Club, Key Club and Skills USA.
“Julia competed against some of the toughest players in the state in our top position,” remarked Platt tennis coach Jen Lehner. “She works hard and has grown into a fantastic team leader. She will be missed next year, but we wish her the best at WCSU!”