By Wendell Maxey, King Sports Information and Social Media Liaison
On Wednesday, December 19, seven King School standout Senior student-athletes were recognized in the Upper School Gym and celebrated in front of friends, family members, and students for their tremendous accomplishment of moving on to participate in collegiate athletics at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels:
Kenny Dyson, Jr. signed his NLI to play Football at Bryant University
LeVaughn Lewis signed his NLI to play Football at the University of Delaware
Elizabeth Boeckman will Swim at Princeton University
Chris Della Jacono will play Lacrosse at Florida Southern College
James Hilton will Row at Columbia University
Jenna Macrae will Row at Princeton University
Joey Skarad will play Baseball at Sacred Heart University
Kenneth T. Dyson, Jr. (Bryant University)
Playing competitive football since Grade 4, Kenny has been a major contributor to the success of King athletics. A physical player, who competed in both football and lacrosse throughout middle school and high school, Kenny received the Football Coaches and Sportsmanship Awards in middle school, along with the Michael Wright Award for Grade 8 Outstanding Male Athlete in 2014. Kenny also earned the Daniel Hudson Outstanding Freshman Male Athlete Award before earning numerous accolades in Varsity Football and Varsity Lacrosse. For Lacrosse, he was named FAA Honorable Mention, FAA All-League and All-New England. A four-year Varsity Football starter, Kenny was recognized FAA Honorable Mention All-League twice and FAA All-League as a Junior and Senior, joining an elite club of Four-Year Letter Winners at King. Along with contributing to two NEPSAC Class C Football Championships in 2016 and 2017, Kenny was selected All-New England by the Coaches Association this past fall. When Kenny is not on the field, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and volunteering at local food banks during the holidays. Kenny signed his NLI to play NCAA Division I Football at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island!
LeVaughn Lewis (University of Delaware)
A standout student-athlete since arriving at King School in 2016, LeVaughn has been a three-year Varsity starter in both basketball and football. The Norwalk native has starred on the field playing multiple positions from tight end, to slot receiver, running back, quarterback, outside linebacker, kick and punt returner. During his three impressive years at King, LeVaughn earned FAA All-League (three times) and NEPSAC All-New England (two times) honors for football while being a part of two back-to-back NEPSAC Class C championships in 2016 and 2017. In a Senior year that concluded with a three-touchdown game against St. Luke's (one rushing, one passing, one receiving), LeVaughn was named All-New England by the Coaches Association before shifting his focus to King basketball. LeVaughn was named All-FAA and NEPSAC All-New England as a Sophomore and Junior and now provides Senior leadership, toughness, and scoring on the court for the Vikings. LeVaughn signed his National Letter of Intent to play NCAA Division I Football at the University of Delaware to continue his academic and athletic career!
Elizabeth Boeckman (Princeton University)
Elizabeth swims year-round for the Chelsea Piers Aquatics Club in Stamford, which she joined in 2016 after relocating to King from London, England (where she swam for the Chelsea Westminster Swimming Club). Elizabeth came in first place in the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle at the 2018 Speedo East Coast Sectionals in Ithaca, and just last week placed third place in the 1650-yard freestyle at the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro. Over the summer, Elizabeth came in first place in the 800-meter freestyle at the ISCA TYR Summer Senior Championship in Florida, where she also had five other top ten finishes. In England, Elizabeth finished in the top six at the British National Summer Championships in 2016 and won English Nationals in the 800-meter freestyle in 2015. Elizabeth is ranked third overall in Connecticut for her year group, is a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, and a King scholar. Elizabeth has volunteered for the New Covenant Center in Stamford and works at the Siasconset Casino Tennis Club in the summer. She is excited to attend Princeton in the fall and to swim for the Tigers!
Chris Della Jacono (Florida Southern College)
Since beginning to play lacrosse in Grade 7, Chris has grown into an elite goalie and outstanding athlete for the Vikings. After this season, Chris will be a four-year starter and the captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team. Chris led King to the FAA Championship his Sophomore year and earned FAA (All-League Honorable Mention) and NEPSAC (All-New England Honorable Mention) honors the past two seasons. On the football field at King, Chris played an integral part of two NEPSAC Championships in 2016 and 2017 and paved the way for his breakout Senior season. The team captain played six different positions and led the team in rushing and passing yards, receiving FAA All-League recognition. Chris has been a volunteer coach and referee in the Stamford Youth Football Program and also volunteered at the YMCA in Stamford teaching children how to swim safely. After graduation, Chris (who signed his NLI earlier in the year) will move on to play Men's Lacrosse for the Florida Southern Moccasins where he plans to study Marine Biology!
James Hilton (Columbia University)
James Hilton started rowing the summer before his Freshman year in 2014 when he joined the Maritime Rowing Club and is now the captain at MRC in the First Varsity Quad. Coached by Dan Walsh and Yan Vengerovskiy, James has successfully entered numerous regattas, and this past season placed first overall at the 5-mile long Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge out of 40 boats. During the Summer of 2018, James also finished first in the USRowing Club National Championships in the Double and Quad events. At the Youth Rowing Nationals, James finished 7th in the Quad, 4th at the San Diego Crew Classic, and 1st at the Head of Housatonic last year. Since coming to King, James has maintained a high honor roll status and is thrilled to attend Columbia and Row for the Lions!
Jenna Macrae (Princeton University)
Jenna Macrae is a Varsity rower and team captain at Connecticut Boat Club in Norwalk. Previously a competitive swimmer, Jenna began rowing at CBC midway through her Freshman year. In the summer of 2017, Jenna won gold at Club Nationals as a member of the United States Rowing High Performance Team in the U19 V8+ and the Intermediate 8+. Jenna started sculling her Junior year shortly before Northeast Regionals and went on to place 4th at the 2018 Youth Nationals in the Varsity Quad. Last summer, Jenna was selected as a member of the United States Junior National Team and went on to compete at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Prague in the Czech Republic. This fall, Jenna and her teammates placed third in the Varsity 8+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, the world's largest two-day regatta. Jenna is excited to head to Princeton in the fall where she will row for the Tigers!
Joey Skarad (Sacred Heart University)
Joey Skarad has shined as a versatile member of the King Varsity Baseball team as a catcher and infielder since coming to King two years ago. Joey began his high school career at Westhill High School in Stamford and saw playing time on Varsity as a Freshman before being named FCIAC Honorable Mention the next two seasons. As a catcher for King, he earned FAA Honorable Mention All-League in 2018 and competed in tournaments throughout New England for the Evolution Baseball Team out of Westchester County. Showcasing his abilities in the field and at the plate, Joey competed in a televised East vs. West All-Star Game at the end of last summer and now enters his Senior season at King as one of the team captains for the Vikings. When he is not playing in the spring and summer, Joey spends much of his time at the Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy in Stamford where he shares his baseball passion and experience with younger players. As one of Joey's coaches stated: "Joey plays the game at incredible speed and precision and he will become a great leader one day." Joey is extremely thankful and grateful to be moving on to play baseball for the Sacred Heart Pioneers!