Walter Johnson, Quince Orchard Students Named Outstanding Runners
Rockville, MD, March 7-Anna Bosse of Walter Johnson High School and Conor Spaulding of Quince Orchard High School won the Outstanding High School Runner awards presented by the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC) on Feb. 13 at the Rockville Hilton. The awards, which include $1000 college scholarships, honor high school club members for running, academic and community-service contributions.
Students Receive $1000 Scholarships
Both Bosse and Spaulding won individual state championships last month in the 3200 meters; Bosse the 4A championship in 11:14 and Spaulding the 3A championship in 9:46.
Bosse, a senior from Rockville, complements her running achievements with a 3.67 grade point average and being a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. She is a three-time First Team selection for Washington Post All-Met Cross Country, Maryland All State Cross Country and All Montgomery County Cross Country. A four-time MVP for Walter Johnson's cross country team, she was named the Gatorade Maryland Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2008 and selected First Team All-Decade MoCoRunning Cross Country.
"I felt honored to win this award, especially because I've been a club member since I was in elementary school, says Bosse. "It shows I've come a long way and all the hard work has paid off."
Spaulding is also an outstanding student with a 3.7 GPA. The Gaithersburg senior is a recipient of the AP Scholar Award and a member of the National Honor Society. Twice named MVP for Quince Orchard's cross country team, he is a two-time Maryland All State Cross Country team selection and a First Team All-Gazette Cross Country team pick.
"The long hours and endless miles have taught me the value of commitment and sacrifices," says Spaulding. "More than anything else, running has taught me that dedication and devotion are key factors in working towards success."
High school students interested in submitting a nomination for MCRRC's 2011 Outstanding High School Runner of the Year Award can obtain additional information at: www.mcrrc.org/awards/#high_school
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The mission of MCRRC is to promote and encourage running. One of the largest, most active running clubs in the nation, it is known for low-key but high-quality club races, training runs, special events and other activities. The club offers programs and opportunities for all types of runners, from newcomers to experienced. Whether people's goal is to run a marathon or just to get into shape, they will find members who share their interests. For additional information about MCRRC visit www.mcrrc.org or call 301-353-0200.
Photo by Jim Rich