Wells High School administrators have selected senior Michelle Desjardins to receive the distinction of Student-Athlete of the Month for September of 2016. This award is in recognition of a combination of factors including academics, sportsmanship and her performance on the WHS Girls Volleyball Team, an evolving team in existence for just three seasons.
Presenting a plaque to Desjardins on November 21st was Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate and John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency. Both companies are sponsors of the Athlete of the Month awards program at WHS.
Before the presentation, Desjardins speculated that she had been picked to receive the award, in part, for her successful role in motivating and rallying her teammates while playing a tough opponent, Kennebunk High School, in a WHS Homecoming game in September. “I helped bring our team up to the challenge,” said Desjardins.
WHS Girls Volleyball Coach Ryan Fairchild agreed about the motivational role that Desjardins played in that matchup. Fairchild said that she scored “seven aces, one kill and had ten digs.” “Her consistent play across the board allowed us to be competitive throughout the match,” added Fairchild.
“I feel incredibly honored to have been chosen out of all the other great athletes in this school to receive Athlete of the Month,” commented Desjardins. “It's awesome to see all the hard work that I've put into volleyball paying off and being recognized.” On the team, Desjardins plays the positions of “left side and opposite outside hitter”.
According to Moody-Maxon, “Michelle is the epitome of what a scholar-athlete should be. She is a well-rounded individual who not only excels in the classroom…but also on the volleyball court. She has a strong work ethic and that shows both on and off the court.”
Michelle Desjardins is the daughter of Gary and Cindy Desjardins of Wells. The Student-Athlete of the Month Award has recognized high achieving student-athletes at WHS since 2007.
From left to right is John C. Kreie, Michelle Desjardins and Pam Moody-Maxon. Both Kreie and Moody-Maxon are former athletes at and graduates of Wells High School.
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