Athletics are an important part of a student’s high school experience, where she can learn to work with others, lead and improve her skills and physical health. Central’s Athletics Luncheon, held on Tuesday, May 30 was a celebration of our athletics teams. It was a chance for Central’s sports teams -- basketball, softball, volleyball, hockey, soccer, and tennis -- to recognize the year’s achievements. Coaches for each team gave moving remarks praising the athletes and distributed awards for overall performance, improvement, and sportsmanship, addressing the entire skill set needed for the student-athlete experience -- talent, resilience, and a deep respect for the supportive bond that exists between teammates. Junior Simona Pitterman was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for her work on Central’s hockey team. “Being on the hockey team this year was incredible,” she said. “I played as goalie for the first time, and it was so much fun to play both as a defenseman and then as a goalie. It was cool to experience both roles, and with the help of my coaches and teammates, it was a very easy transition. I’m so happy to have been a part of the hockey family this year!”