photo: Gretchen McMahon
Several standout athletes from Wilton High School were recognized by the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) at the end of the fall sports season.
Exemplary Scholar Athletes
Each season, two students are chosen from each FCIAC member school as Exemplary Scholar Athletes, what the league calls the most prestigious scholar-athlete award presented by the FCIAC. Student-athletes “should demonstrate leadership qualities by being a positive role model for other students both on and off the field; exhibit an ability to help a teammate overcome adversity; show commitment to self-improvement; [and] put the needs of the team before themselves.” For academic standing, “Senior student/athletes who apply for the FCIAC exemplary scholar-athlete of the month should have a minimum of a 3.5 average their high school career.”
Emma Babashak, Wilton Girls Swimming and Diving
Emma has maintained a 4.0 GPA while tackling a schedule laden with AP and Honors classes. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and currently an AP Scholar with Distinction. She co-captains the girls swimming and diving team and was a key contributor toward helping the Warriors win their second consecutive FCIAC Eastern Division championship. Emma has made the All-FCIAC Second Team for the past three years and achieved All-State First Team for the previous two years.
Emma is a recipient of the Columbia Book Award, member of the Spanish National Honor Society, cellist in the Wilton High School Symphonic Orchestra, and a four-year summer volunteer for the pre-competitive swim academy at the Wilton Family YMCA.
Rishabh Raniwala, Wilton Boys Soccer
Rishabh has an unweighted GPA of 4.0 in almost all AP classes and has achieved High Honor Roll every quarter of his high school career. He is a member of the WHS National Honor Society and received the Harvard Book Award as a junior. He has been a varsity goalkeeper on the boys soccer team for two years as a junior and senior after having previously been a co-captain for both the freshman and junior varsity teams.
Rishabh is the WHS Student Body President, captain of the Wilton Library robotics team, and board member on the Wilton Debate Team, where he has won multiple national awards. He volunteers with the Chinmaya Saraswati Enrichment Club as a lead teacher, Middlebrook DebateClub as a lead coach, and Builders Beyond Borders as a student advisor.
Wilton’s All-FCIAC Athletes
Girls Cross Country
Paula Perez Pelaez
Swimming & Diving
Abbey Gardner–500 Free
Ellen Holmquist–100 Breast
Emma Babaschak–100 Fly
Avery Newcomer–100 Breast
Liam McLaughlin (2019 CSCA Class L All-State Team)
Michael Zizzadoro (2019 CSCA Class L All-State Team)
Erynn Floyd (pictured, main image; 2019 CGSCA Class LL All-State Team)
OL–Matt Gulbin (also selected to the 2019 ‘Top 26’ team–the top 26 players in the state–by the CT High School Coaches Association)