Athletes are often led to believe that stats and athletic achievements are the only things that matter when competing in sports. Nothing could be further from the truth.
On February 5, the Orange County Athletic Directors Association honored student athletes from 60 schools from the county who embodied competing in their sport but more importantly embraced exemplary behavior as well. The 2018 “Athletes with Character” selection for Rosary this year was tennis and swim athlete, senior Maura Cannon. Our Head of School, Ms. Shawna Pautsch, along with head tennis coach Debbie Simonton, Maura and the Cannon family were in attendance. Coach Simonton was able to share with the audience of over 500 why this special athlete was chosen.
“I am thrilled and privileged to be honoring a student athlete of Rosary Academy, Maura Cannon. Maura is the youngest daughter of Tim and Sally Cannon and their fourth and final daughter to attend the Academy. I have had the privilege of coaching Maura since her freshman year. She is a young lady that embodies the principles of Rosary, in faith, ethics, service, and commitment. As an athlete she has blossomed into a fierce competitor, all the while representing our school with the utmost humility. She is always fair and she has a mature and dignified approach when competing. Her amazing character is evident when with her team, as she always has a willingness to sacrifice and to praise others rather than focus on herself. As a leader this year and co-captain on the tennis team, she had a keen sense of when anyone was in need of help. She had a calling and desire to do the right thing. She is a true pleasure and a joy to be around.”
With a GPA of 4.35, Maura hopes to attend Marquette, Villanova, or Gonzaga in the fall, majoring in engineering. We appreciate her dedication to competing, but more importantly being a role model for her teammates and school community. She is so deserving. Her Rosary community is very proud. Congratulations Maura!