King Low Heywood Thomas school seniors, Samantha Karp, of New Canaan, and Max Orenstein, of Darien, were named FAA Scholar Athletes for the 2010-2011 school year at the annual Fairchester Athletic Association league dinner May 25. The Scholar Athlete Awards are given to those graduating student-athletes who display excellence and superior achievements in both athletics and academics.

Karp, a four-year varsity letter winner in soccer, basketball, and tennis, was one of 10 female student-athletes in the FAA to receive the award. Ornestein, a four-year varsity letter winner in lacrosse and two-year letter winner in soccer, was one of eight male student-athletes to receive the honor within the FAA.

Additionally, King's girls' sports teams received the Allen D. Hall Sportsmanship Award. The award is given annually to the FAA Core Member School receiving the highest cumulative score on evaluations by FAA coaches at the end of each season for the entire school year. The evaluations are based on the sportsmanship exhibited by the players, coaches, and fans in each FAA sport the school competes in.

"This is quite an honor not only for the students honored, but for our coaching staff and for King. We always place an emphasis that academics and sportsmanship come first," athletic director Thomas Decker said. "We want to win every game that we play, but not at all costs. Winning the sportsmanship award shows that we can do both, and I am very proud of this."

King is an independent, college preparatory school serving 685 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in Stamford. It is a diverse, vibrant learning community dedicated to educational excellence and to the fullest academic and personal achievement of its students.

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