At the Spring Athletic Awards ceremony last week at Wakefield Country Day school in Huntly, senior student-athletes Alexandra Cancio-Bello and Hannah Tufts were given the prestigious Leonard Cowherd Award. This annual award is named for an alumnus of the school who lost his life while serving our country in Iraq.
Cancio-Bello is a decorated volleyball and soccer player. She also played varsity basketball and was on the swim team one season. She was rewarded this fall with a four-peat team championship sweep of the Conference regular season and tournament championships. She earned a spot on the All-Conference first team in volleyball and was her team's Co-Most Valuable Player.
Cancio-Bello is a decorated soccer player, a three-time All-Conference selection and a three-time team MVP. She has been her team's leading scorer for three straight seasons. She was named Athlete of the Month in April after she scored 16 goals in the month.
Her community service includes charity Coffee Houses, Soup for Supper, volunteer Spanish interpreter, Renew New Orleans and a service trip to Puerto Rico. Scholastically, Cancio-Bello is an AP Scholar and Virginia Aerospace Science Technology Scholar. This spring, she won a prestigious Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship Initiative Award that is bestowed on only 50 Virginia residents. She has taken cultural immersion trips to Canada, France, Germany and Portugal.
Tufts had a busy career playing on multiple teams in the fall in all but her senior year. As a team captain this fall, she helped lead the volleyball team to their fourth straight sweep of the regular season and tournament championships. She earned the Coach's Award for her efforts. Tufts also was named First Team All-DAC by the conference coaches. She also won the Coach's Award in JV volleyball during her career as well as the Most Valuable Player Award in Girls' Tennis twice and in Boys' Tennis once. A multiple-year soccer player, she was named first team All-Conference this spring as a defender.
Tufts had held a number of offices in the Key Club. She was a fixture at the VJCL State Latin Convention, was elected as State Second Vice President and won many awards in the competitions. She attended several NJCL National conventions.
Tufts' other leadership conferences have taken her to Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. She was involved in community service with the Key Club, several 5k and 10k fundraisers, Special Olympics, Relay for Life and Renew New Orleans. Scholastically, she won the Molly Fraser French Award, several certificates form the National Latin Exam and she placed in the Jostens and Wolfe National Photography Competition.