Bennington County's best high school athletes to be celebrated during special ...Time to Shine

Bennington Subaru, SVMC are sponsors for 2nd Banner-Journal Regional All-Stars gala

Last year's Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars event was such a success, we're doing it again.

The Banner and Journal will host the second gala event this June honoring Bennington County's best high school athletes and coaches for the 2017-18 school year.

And we have invited another special guest to help honor our area's best student-athletes: three-time Team USA Olympic snowboarder Nate Holland.

"I am honored to join the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal's Regional Sports Awards," Holland said. "Youth are our future, and I'm excited to share some of my experiences in achieving athletic success through hard work and dedication while touching on failures within my Olympic and X Games Snowboard career."

Save the date: The gala is June 26 at Bennington College's Greenwall Auditorium.

The gala celebrates and honor the top student-athletes and coaches from our region's high schools.

"From the sports reporters to this newspaper's owners, everyone here at the Banner and Journal is excited and proud to place Bennington County's finest student-athletes and coaches in the spotlight on June 26," said Fredric D. Rutberg, publisher and president of the newspapers.

"This gala is one part — a very special part — of our efforts to highlight the extraordinary youth of the region."

Making the event possible, Bennington Subaru, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Bennington College have signed on as the Regional All-Stars title sponsors.

"Bennington Subaru is proud to sponsor the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal Regional All Star Gala again this year," said Bennington Subaru owner Abel Toll. "Highlighting the best of the best of our student athletes, their accomplishments in sports and academics was astounding. At Bennington Subaru we believe in our community and hope that there will be more events like this one in the future."

Last June, the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars featured three-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas as the honored guest. The event earned first place from the New England Newspaper and Press Association as the best of its kind the past year.

In this Winter Olympic year, we will be joined by Holland, who represented the U.S. in men's boardercross at Turin in 2006, at Vancouver in 2010 and at Sochi in 2014. He's a two-time bronze medalist at the World Championships and has won seven Winter X Games gold medals, including five in a row.

In the coming months, top student athletes and coaches in their respective sports from Arlington Memorial High School, Burr and Burton Academy, Cambridge High School, Hoosick Falls High School, Long Trail School, Mount Anthony Union High School and Stratton Mountain School will be announced and featured in the Banner and Journal.

Athletes and coaches will be honored in 21 interscholastic sports sanctioned by the governing bodies of Vermont and New York state high school sports. Those athletes and coaches get to attend the ticketed dinner event for free, get recognized on stage for their sporting achievements, and get to meet and greet the evening's honored guest.

The honors don't stop at athletic achievement. The student athletes and coaches in attendance are also finalists for special awards for courage, perseverance and leadership.

In addition to athletes and coaches of the year honors for boys' and girls' sports, awards will be given for remarkable comeback stories, unsung heroes who made their teams' success possible, and ambassadors whose effort and dedication promoted a positive reputation for their school and their teammates.

A team of the year also will be recognized for its 2017-18 athletic achievement.

Stay tuned to the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal for additional announcements about the student athletes and coaches.


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