The Fairchester Athletic Association, made up of eleven independent schools in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, has named seven Scholar Athletes for the 2011-2012 school year.

Three of these students attend Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT. Charlie Ross, Kate Tomlinson and Wills Rooney, all from Darien, were honored during the spring athletic banquet last Friday at GFA.

The Scholar Athlete award goes to high school seniors who display excellence and superior achievement in both athletics and academics. To qualify, a student must have a GPA of 91 percent or better during junior and senior year, take a minimum of three advanced placement classes, and rank in the top 10 percent of the class.

In addition, the student must have played at least one varsity sport during junior year, and two during senior year. Finally, the student must have earned an FAA All-League designation during junior or senior year. A committee of Athletic Directors decides the final honorees.

GFA Athletic Director, Tauni Butterfield, presenting the award to Wills Rooney, commented, "His consistent strong daily preparation helps him to do well in his classes, but it is his ability to think at a higher level and push his learning deeper that distinguishes him from many of his peers. Athletically he has been a constant three-season force at GFA. He will have competed in 12 seasons by graduation with all but two at the varsity level." Rooney is attending Duke University in the fall as a recruited cross-country runner.

Charlie Ross was the captain of both the varsity wrestling team and the varsity cross-country team this year. Butterfield presented his award, saying, "Charlie is an adventurous and caring individual who loves the outdoors, loves to challenge himself and loves to experience new activities. He has consistently pushed the limits of the GFA curriculum to its breaking point. Tackling two languages during his upper school years, six academic classes; by the time he graduates he will have completed AP courses in every academic discipline." Ross will attend Hamilton College in the fall.

Kate Tomlinson was awarded Connecticut all-state in soccer both her junior and senior year for prep schools. Butterfield said, "As a defensemen, while Kate is slight in size, her quick, tough and determined never-give-up attitude helped to prevent the other team from scoring. With all her accomplishments and with all the expectations that we place on her, she carries off her achievements with a blissful modesty and a grace and elegance that is compelling. Also while taking every class at the highest level possible, she has completely re-designed what it means to be a top scholar at GFA." Kate will attend Dartmouth University in the fall.

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