Student Athlete of the Month: Rachel Levine

Rachel has played volleyball all four years while attending South Windsor High School, and during that time she has also managed to achieve honor roll awards over the course of those four years.  She has also received Central Connecticut Conference All-Academic Team Award because of her successes as a student athlete.

To prepare for a game she is all about spending time with her teammates and listening to music. “They are the true reason I get excited for a match. I get to go and do what I love with my best friends,” said Levine.

Spoken like a true captain, Levine’s biggest goal this season was to lead her team conference title this season.  They were able to accomplish that feat, winning the CCC North Conference outright.  After that, South Windsor went on to win a state tournament, but the very successful season ended in the second round of the state tournament.

As far as Levine’s highlight of her high school career, she takes pride in the small accomplishments her team makes from day to day.

“I relish all the ‘little’ achievements we’ve made along the way. It is a special experience to go through highs and lows with close teammates. But if I had to pick one thing, it would be beating East Catholic to win the 2015 CCC North Division Championship. Seeing the expression on everyone’s face and how proud Coach Holt was is a moment I will never forget,” said Levine.

Levine’s biggest influence during her career was her friend Alana Ferrante who died recently. Losing someone close is never easy, but Levine knew how passionate her friend was about volleyball and uses the Alana’s memory, “as inspiration to work hard and challenge myself on and off the court.”

Her favorite athletes to watch include UConn alumni Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier.

Levine plans to continue her volleyball career in college, and will study occupational therapy in college as well.

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