Pioneer’s Lucy Koester tabbed as MIAA January Student-Athlete of the Month

  • Pioneer’s Lucy Koester STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 2/8/2022 6:53:51 PM
Modified: 2/8/2022 6:52:20 PM

Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Lucy Koester was rewarded Tuesday for her achievements on the track, in the classroom and in the community.

Koester was a recipient of the MIAA January Student-Athlete of the Month award, which is presented to two MIAA student-athletes each month who display excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and community service.

Koester is a three-sport athlete with the Panthers, competing in cross county, indoor track and outdoor track. She’s a three-time captain. 

“I had full confidence in Lucy’s ability to lead,” Pioneer track and cross country coach Gina Johnson said in a statement to the MIAA. “She consistently modeled what it means to be part of a team and take care of teammates. In my close to 30 years of teaching and coaching I would be hard pressed to find a more brilliant young person.” 

You’d be hard pressed to find someone more involved in her school community than Koester. She is a trainer for Training Active Bystanders, an anti-bullying program, she holds a seat on the Pioneer Student Council, serves as the drum major for the Pioneer band, is a member of the Western Mass. Senior Districts and is a member of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. She is a teacher aid in ecology, has served on the yearbook staff the last two years and is an active member of Envirothon — an environmentally-themed academic competition.

Koester was also inducted into the Pioneer Valley Regional National Honor Society, as well as the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is consistently a high honor student, excelling in both the classroom and in athletics.

“She is able to shine while taking this all on,” Pioneer Valley Regional principal Kevin Burke told the MIAA. “She has never been afraid to ask questions or voice her opinion, which is well received and valued.”

Outside of school, Koester volunteers at the local soup kitchen, works at a summer camp and is a marathon runner.

“She is a tremendous advocate for all students in her school community,” Johnson said. “She empowers those around her with her respectful, responsible and intelligent leadership.”

Koester, along with each recipient of the Student-Athlete of the Month award, will be eligible for the Harry Agganis Student-Athlete of the Year Scholarship provided on behalf of the Agganis family.

Koester joined Erin Condon of East Bridgewater High School as January recipients of the award.


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