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Rockwood Students, Alumnae Earn National Accolades from USA Lacrosse

 Six Rockwood students and alumnae earned national recognition from USA LacrosseA total of six current Rockwood School District students and 2022 graduates earned national recognition from USA Lacrosse in its annual high school awards.

Lafayette High graduate Ansley Hails, Eureka High graduate Haley Ritchie and rising Lafayette senior Natalie Tomljenovic are among the seven players from the Missouri-St. Louis region to earn All-America status. USA Lacrosse All-Americans are players who exhibit superior skills and techniques and possess exceptional game sense and knowledge. A USA Lacrosse All-American is one of the best players in the United States, while also embodying excellent sportsmanship. 

Hails, Marquette High graduate Jennifer Liu, rising Lafayette senior Kara Niewoehner and Eureka graduate Kennedy Rausch are also among the seven players from the region to earn All-Academic honors, which are awarded to players who exhibit exemplary lacrosse skills and good sportsmanship on the field while representing high standards of academic achievement in the classroom.

Liu was also named the Jackie Pitts Award recipient for her region, making her one of only 66 players nationally to receive the honor. The Jackie Pitts Award recognizes high school seniors who go above and beyond in service to their team, school and community. These athletes, who truly honor the game of lacrosse, are invested in the development of the game in their town and are exemplary teammates. In addition, they must be outstanding students with high academic achievement and serve as role models within their school community.

2022 graduate Tony Yan and the Rockwood Summit logoIn other Rockwood athletics news, 2022 Rockwood Summit High graduate Tony Yan was named a High School Boys Scholar All-American by United Soccer Coaches.Yan is one of only 54 boys soccer players from around the country and one of only two from Missouri to earn this honor.

Scholar All-American status is awarded to players who exhibit a combination of excellence in the classroom and outstanding performance on the field during their secondary school careers.

Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes!