SCHENECTADY — Amelia Canetto, a senior at Taconic Hills High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2020 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year.
Amelia, who competes in field hockey and track & field, will be recognized at the first-ever Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala scheduled for May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets for the Gala will go on sale on Monday, April 13 at proctors.org and at the Proctors Box Office.
The Capital District Sports Women of the Year (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics and community service. More information is provided at the website, cdswoy.com.
Academically, Amelia is a scholar-athlete and earned High Honor Roll recognition. She also is a member of the National Honor Society. She sailed the Caribbean to do marine biology research and received scuba certification. Amelia has been part of the University at Albany Science Research Program for three years.
On the track, Amelia has set new records at Taconic Hills in the 100 meters, 200m, 400m and also joined her teammates with new records in the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800. She was the team’s Most Valuable Player in 10th and 11th grade. She competed at the state championship level in the 400m, finishing third, and in the 200m, finishing eighth. She competed in the USATF National Junior Olympics in the 200m, 400m and triple jump.
“As Amelia’s coach I have had the opportunity to witness an exceptional work ethic and competitive spirit,” Taconic Hills girls track coach Paula Voight-Jause said. “She trains and competes during the winter and summer in USATF meets and plays field hockey in the fall.
“A well-rounded young person, Amelia maintains a challenging academic schedule, volunteers at the local library and still finds time for hunting and fishing with her dad. She is fun to work with and a joy to watch compete. Pleasant and cheerful, she is a positive addition to any group.”
In field hockey, Amelia was the Most Improved Player honoree in 11th grade and scored 24 goals in her junior year. In her senior season, she was the captain and MVP and scored 21 goals while earning first team all-star honors.
“Amelia is a very cooperative and respectful young lady” Taconic Hills field hckey coach Angela Webster said. “As her teacher in Algebra 2 Common Core and her Varsity Field Hockey Coach, I have been able to observe Amelia’s strengths and successes as a student and athlete. She is a work horse, wants to improve, and holds high expectations for herself.
“Amelia is a quiet, humble leader that strives to be a good role model. She is a remarkable young lady that will be missed in our classrooms and athletic fields next year. She is driven to be a success!”
Amelia’s community service includes volunteering at the Roe Jan Library at the circulation desk, and at the Roe Jan Food Pantry picking up and delivering donations. She volunteered her time at the library’s kid booth at a local farmer’s market.
Amelia has worked as a camp counselor for elementary grade level kids, and organized hikes, arts and crafts, and sports activities. She has served as a Girl Scout and reached cadet level.
CDSWOY announced a total of 10 scholastic and three collegiate award recipients since March 10.