Swampscott Youth Soccer Association has awarded the 2014 SYSA Scholarships to Leah Dawley and Neil Lahrizi. SYSA offers a $1,000 scholarship each year to a deserving high school senior girl and boy in the Swampscott community.
Both Leah and Neil exemplified the qualities required to earn the scholarships: outstanding teamwork, sportsmanship and service to the community while graduating from Swampscott High School with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
Neil began playing soccer when he joined SYSA at U5 and has played in SYSA every spring and fall since then. He was also active in the SYSA organization, helping with clinics and setting up equipment. More importantly, Neil gave back to the community through volunteer work with athletes in The Special Olympics soccer team. In high school, he earned many awards and received a lot of recognition. He was voted captain of the SHS men’s varsity soccer team and was also the winner of the Ron Langan Award. In the fall, Neil will be attending Providence College.
Leah also began playing soccer through SYSA at the age of 5. She was the only graduating senior who played all four years on the SHS varsity team, where she served as the team captain her senior year. Leah also served the community through her volunteer efforts with My Brothers Table in Lynn, The 2013 Special Olympics in Cambridge, and Haven for Hunger in Peabody. She will be attending Bridgewater State University in the fall.SYSA asks everyone to join them in congratulating Leah and Neil and wishing them all the best as they represent Swampscott in their continued education.