February Accolades

The Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association has named Classical High School the School of the Year and Michaela Keegan, principal of the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, Administrator of the Year for their support of school athletics. They will be honored at a banquet on April 2.

The School of the Year Award is based on the Winter 2013-2014, Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 sports seasons and is granted to a school respected for the success and quality of its athletic programs as well as sportsmanship and conduct at all events and outside of the school.

Classical’s athletic success has ranged from being the boys’ swimming division champions, winner of the boys and girls track division champions and state runner-up; boys indoor track team sportsmanship award, boys basketball division champions, chess state championship runner-up, girls outdoor track division and state champions, boys baseball division and regional champions, boys varsity soccer division and state champions, boys junior varsity soccer state champions, girls field hockey junior varsity state champions and the boys and soccer and girls field hockey coaches of the year.

“On behalf of our school, I am humbly honored,” said Classical Principal Scott Barr. “This is a great honor for our athletes, our coaches, our academic departments and our families.”

The Administrator of the Year Award is designed to honor an administrator other than an athletic director who has demonstrated concern and support of high school athletics.

Since Keegan’s arrival at JSEC, the school has added seven varsity programs, including wrestling, softball, girls volleyball, boys and girls indoor track, and boys and girls outdoor track.

She also arranged for additional funding to purchase a new wrestling mat. Under her administration, JSEC athletic programs have appeared in two consecutive fastpitch softball finals, the girls volleyball semifinal, two consecutive girls basketball division championships and a boys basketball state championship. Keegan is also a member of the Principals Committee on Athletics and is the principal representative on the R.I. Interscholastic League Tennis Committee.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award,” said Keegan. “Many administrators whom I greatly admire have received this award as well, so I am humble to be in their company. As a former athlete, I truly value the impact participation in high school sports can have on students. Additionally, a robust athletics program has such a positive impact on the culture and climate of a school. Students and teachers take such pride in their teams, and for us at Juanita Sanchez, it is something around which we have really come together. My Athletic Director, Steve Nadeau and our coaches to all the hard work; I am fortunate to have the opportunity to support it.”

Frank Rose, Central High School Boys Basketball, was named the 2014 Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Coaches for his contributions on behalf of high school athletics.