Senior Kevin Conroy is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Frank L. Boyden Award, an honor presented by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Conroy was honored at an award and dinner ceremony at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on April 1.
The Boyden Award, created in 1962 and named for the longtime Deerfield Academy headmaster, is given in recognition of outstanding achievement, both on the football field and in the classroom, to a prep school football player in Western Massachusetts. Schools eligible for the award include Northfield Mount Hermon, Deerfield Academy, Wilbraham and Monson Academy, Berkshire School, and Williston Northampton.
Conroy is the 13th recipient from The Williston Northampton School to win the prestigious award. Previous winners include Kevin Kelly (2010), Max Richards (2009), Mike Petegorsky (2007), Colin Elliott (2006), Bryan Bolte (2004), William Lopes (1997), and John Kane (1993).
Conroy distinguished himself both on Williston’s football fields and in the classrooms. Conroy, who has received letters in football over four seasons, had a terrific senior year and helped lead the Wildcats to a 5-3 record. Defensively, he was one of the top tacklers in the Colonial League. He averaged over 10 tackles per game and accumulated 84 tackles in eight games.
In addition, he was among the team leaders in several defensive statistics including tackles for loss (seven) and forced fumbles (two). Conroy was named to the post-season All-League team. Conroy’s coaches said what made Conroy exceptional was his combination of unselfishness, dependability, toughness, and intelligence.
A three-sport varsity athlete, Conroy is on track to earn 10 letters at Williston—four in football, four in wrestling and two in tennis.
In January, Conroy was also one of 11 seniors inducted into the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society. He has earned high honors throughout his academic career, is president of Arete, the Williston student tutorial organization, serves as a tutor in both the Writing and Math Centers, and is a member of the school’s Discipline Committee.
Conroy will be attending Middlebury College in the fall.