Virtual senior day honors BBA spring sport athletes
MANCHESTER — With the cancellation of spring sports throughout the state of Vermont, Burr and Burton Academy has found a creative way to spotlight the senior athletes who lost their typical senior day celebration.
BBA athletic director David Miceli has started a virtual senior day on Twitter, posting a photo of each athlete along with the sport(s) they played and the years they participated. BBA sent out a poll asking senior spring sport athletes to share the sports they played throughout their four years at the school, as well as a photo of them during competition.
The Bulldogs offers seven different varsity spring sports where about 60 seniors were set to participate in their final high school athletic season. Approximately 50 responded to the poll.
Miceli would like to see BBA graduates take the lessons they have learned during their time playing sports into their professional and personal lives.
"Take what you learned from athletics, and what you learned about yourself from athletics and be ready to apply them to life situations," he said.
The spring sports season in Vermont was on hold for nearly two months before the cancellation became official on April 30. Miceli believes the process taking a while to finalize helped ease the sting of the news.
"They have gotten used to saying goodbye to different phases of their lives. It's the same process, figure out what you learned and get ready to apply it in the next thing that you do," he said. "It's time to take those lessons and transition them,"
Miceli acknowledged the virtual recognition is something he would like to do moving forward, along with the typical senior day festivities.
Andrew Toussaint was the first senior athlete to receive the recognition. Toussaint was about to begin his second season participating in track and field before the coronavirus forced the cancellation. Toussaint also played soccer, hockey and lacrosse for the Bulldogs.
BBA is going in alphabetical order based on the athletes first name. Miceli plans to recognize around three senior athletes per day until all senior athletes have had their virtual senior day.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.