In late May, at the US athletics awards ceremony, awards were announced for outstanding athletes in all sports. Some awards were voted on by students and some determined by coaches. The Super Eagle award is awarded to the athlete who has participated in three competitive sports at Harker during one school year. Awardees for 2009 were seniors Barrett Glasauer, Kevin Laymoun, Harry Schwartz, and Candace Silva-Martin; juniors Jose Costa, Kyle Drummer, Stefan Eckhardt, Kevin Fu, Tara Hansen, Sean Morgan, Aadithya Prakash, Mark Roh and Rohan Shah. For the sophomores, Monisha Appalaraju, Rex Chen and Baran Ozdemir all were three-sport athletes, as were freshmen Saira Ahuja, Shivani Bigler, Proteek Biswas, Neda Ghaffarian and Rahul Madduluri.
The Eagle Award is voted on by the team members of each sport. The winning athlete displays enthusiasm at all times, support for the team and individuals throughout the season, hustle in every task, is a positive role model and has a selfless giving approach to the athletic program. For fall sports, the following students earned this award: David Belogolovsky, Gr. 12, football; Christy Emery, Gr. 12, volleyball; Lauren Moser, Gr. 12, tennis; Michael Clifford, Gr. 11, boys water polo; Angeli Agrawal, Gr. 12, girls water polo; Andrea Kim, Gr. 12, golf; Elena Madan and Sam Levine, Gr. 12, cross country; John Ammatuna, Gr. 10, cheerleading. Winter sport Eagle Awards went to Alex Abarca, Gr. 12, boys basketball; Nafeesa Laiwalla, Gr. 12, girls basketball; Sean Mandell, Gr. 12, boys soccer; Esther Belogolovsky, Gr. 11, girls soccer; Shirley Galbiati, Gr. 12, wrestling. The spring Eagle Awards were won by Bogdan Botcharov, Gr. 11 and Kristie Sanchez, Gr. 10, for track and field; Daniel Tien, Gr. 12, volleyball; Stefan Eckhardt, Gr. 11, baseball; Jeremy Whang, Gr. 11, golf; Alyssa Boyle, Gr. 12, lacrosse; Sammi Lowe, Gr. 12, softball; Vivian Wong, Gr. 1, and Darren Syu, Gr. 11, swimming; Harry Schwartz, Gr. 12, tennis.
The Coaches’ Award is given to senior athletes who have given tremendous effort and have contributed greatly to the athletic program. This is a high honor voted on by the head coaches. Boys receiving this honor were Levine, Glasauer, Tien, Schwartz, Julian Stahl, Ian Hoffman, Taylor Martin and Andrew Chin. Female honorees were Agarwal, Emery, Madan, Alyssa Boyle, Clara Lyashevsky, Michelle Lin, Dominique Dabija, Tara Panu, Sarah Christiano and Kaytee Comee.
The criteria for the Athlete of the Year award is similar to the Coaches’ Award with more of an emphasis on athletic drive, desire, and ability. These individuals are chosen regardless of grade. They are the students who the coaches feel are the representatives of Eagle athletics from Gr. 9-12. The awards for both male and female athlete of the year was shared this year, with the male award going to seniors Alex Abarca and Arman Gupta, and the female award to seniors Kristina Bither and Silva-Martin.