Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Lucy Koester was honored Tuesday for her achievements on the track, in the classroom and in the community.
Koester was the recipient of the January MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award, which is given monthly to two MIAA student-athletes who demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics, and community service.
Koester is a three-sport athlete with the Panthers, competing in county, indoor track and outdoor track. She is a three-time captain.
“I had complete confidence in Lucy’s ability to lead,” Pioneer track and field and cross country coach Gina Johnson said in a statement to the MIAA. “She has consistently modeled what it means to be part of a team and take care of her teammates. In my nearly 30 years of teaching and coaching, I would be hard pressed to find a brighter youngster. .
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more involved in his school community than Koester. She is a trainer for Training Active Bystanders, an anti-bullying program, sits on the Pioneer Student Council, serves as drum major for the band Pioneer, is a member of the Western Mass. Senior Districts and is a member of the Pioneer Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is an ecology teaching assistant, has been on yearbook staff for the past two years, and is an active member of Envirothon, an environmental-themed university competition.
Koester has also been inducted into the Pioneer Valley Regional National Honor Society, as well as the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is still a highly honored student, excelling both in the classroom and in athletics.
“She’s able to shine while taking it all on,” Pioneer Valley regional manager Kevin Burke told MIAA. “She was never afraid to ask questions or speak her mind, which is well received and appreciated.”
Outside of school, Koester volunteers at the local soup kitchen, works at a summer camp, and is a marathon runner.
“She is a tremendous advocate for all students in her school community,” Johnson said. “She empowers those around her through her respectful, responsible and intelligent leadership.”
Koester, along with each recipient of the Student-Athlete of the Month award, will be eligible for the Harry Agganis Student-Athlete of the Year Scholarship offered on behalf of the Agganis family.
Koester joined Erin Condon of East Bridgewater High School as recipients of the January award.