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King School's Diana Degnan '20 Finalist for PCA Triple-Impact Competitor Award
Vikings Senior and three-sport athlete excels in athletics, academics, and community outreach at King


 10/17/19

Congratulations to King School Senior student-athlete Diana Degnan for being named a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship award program as was recently announced by the PCA.

As a PCA Triple-Impact Competitor finalist, Degnan has embodied the model of making herself, her team, and her sport better by being a leader on and off the field and living up to the following PCA ideals:

• Personal Mastery: Making oneself better
• Leadership: Making one's teammates better
• Honoring the Game: Making the game better
 

As a three-sport athlete in Field Hockey, Girls Basketball, and Softball, she has excelled in athletics, academics, and through her community outreach efforts at King. Last Spring, Degnan helped lead and organize hundreds of Middle School and Upper School Students in packing 101,304 boxes of food for nonprofit Feed My Starving Children, which provides food to needy children around the world. 

“I hope I have inspired those around me to get involved in nonprofit work and do what they can to make a real impact on the world,” Degnan explained after the event that was part of Diana’s Capstone Project for Global Studies at King.  

Degnan has exemplified what it means to be dedicated to getting better and standing out as a leader on the field this Fall with King Field Hockey. A team-captain for the Vikings, she’s set the tone for the squad by bringing team unity to the forefront and holding herself accountable along the way. 

“Every single member of the team has something valuable that they contribute, and it is each person’s contribution that will make us a close knit and successful team,” said Degnan, who recently attended the Viking Performance and Leadership Day at Chelsea Piers Connecticut for female athletes from King’s Fall teams, including: Field Hockey, Girls Volleyball, Girls Soccer, Girls Crew, and Girls Cross Country. 

“We really focused on being accountable for our actions both on and off the field, and that whatever your role on the team, you always give 110% and stay committed and persevere.”

This marks the second straight year that a King School Senior has been selected as a finalist for the PCA Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship award. Last February, Riley Hicks (‘19) was named a 2018 scholarship award finalist, and then winner, joining high school athletes and scholarship winners from New York, New England, Houston, Minnesota, North Texas, Portland (Or.), Sacramento, and the Mid-Atlantic in receive the prestigious honor. A three-sport athlete in Field Hockey, Squash, and Lacrosse, Hicks is now a Freshman at Duke University. While Diana is also considering playing Field Hockey in college, she’s focused on closing out her Senior year in memorable fashion.
   
Author: Wendell Maxey    E-Mail: wmaxey@kingschoolct.org