HAMDEN – Senior Emily Wielk has been named the 2015-16 Sacred Heart Academy Scholar-Athlete. Recognized for her cumulative grade point average, varsity sport participation, community service, self-discipline and leadership, she will be honored at the 34th annual Connecticut High School Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner in May at the Aqua Turf Club.
A member of National Honor Society and Math, Science and Spanish national honor societies, Miss Wielk has earned high honors all four years. Notable academic accolades include winning the Gettysburg College Book Award and attaining Honorable Mention on the National Spanish Exam.
A four-year varsity soccer and indoor and outdoor track standout, Miss Wielk is captain of all three this year. Athletic honors include SCC Academic All-Star Team, SCC All-Quinnipiac Division SCC (soccer), New Haven Register All-Area Team (soccer), CGSCA Senior Bowl Participant (soccer), SCC All-Academic Team (soccer and track), SHA Outstanding Sophomore and Junior (track), and SHA 2015 MVP (track). Outside of school, she has played Premier Soccer since sixth grade.
In addition to her academic and athletic accomplishments, Miss Wielk volunteers at her local parish teaching first grade religious education as well as serving as a counselor at Vacation Bible School.
In summer 2014, she assisted with the West Haven Sandy Ground Project. The following summer, after studying and sequencing a gene that helps in the production of a small protein with her honors biology class, she and her classmates attended a symposium dedicated to mitochondrial medicine in Washington to present their findings on mitochondrial disease.
Miss Wielk also works as a sales associate in the Sacred Heart University Follett Bookstore and is a youth soccer referee in West Haven.
“Emily is goal-oriented and methodical in her approach to everything. When she sets a goal, she never wavers until she reaches it,” said Kerry Alexander, director of guidance. “She is a student you can count on to not only do the work assigned, but to do it well and learn more from it than you may have expected. Emily has led by example since arriving on our campus, and she will be missed when she graduates in May.”
Athletic director and varsity soccer coach George Bedocs called Miss Wielk an “exceptional” student and athlete.
“As captain of the soccer and indoor and outdoor track teams, she is an inspiration to her team-mates demonstrating a tremendous work ethic on and off the field. She was named to the All-Academic teams in all three sports, in addition to earning many other athletic and academic honors. A true leader in every sense of the word,” he said.