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Howlett, Roones named Allyson Rioux Memorial Award winners

Westhill High School seniors Claire Howlett and Steph Roones have been named the recipients of this year’s Allyson Rioux Memorial Award.

Howlett has been a star runner with the Vikings’ cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field teams. She will continue her athletic career at Stanford University in the fall.

Roones was a captain of Westhill’s volleyball, basketball and outdoor track and field teams. She will be attending Monmouth University in the fall.

• For bios of Howlett and Roones, click here

The Allyson Rioux Memorial Award recognizes a top senior female athlete in Stamford with a $5,000 award towards higher education. Winners must participated for one or more sports teams at the varsity level and should “exemplify sportsmanship, leadership, excellent character and athletic prowess.”

Allyson Rioux was a standout multi-sport athlete at Westhill High School, well-known for her great play on the softball diamond. She has been inducted into the Halls of Fame for WHS, Connecticut ASA, UMass, and National ASA softball.

Rioux died of a brain tumor in 1989 at the age of 27, and the Allyson Rioux Memorial Foundation was established to provide outreach support to the Stamford Community, particularly those experiencing financial hardship because of a family illness.

For more about the foundation, click here.

Westhill star runner Claire Howlett will be taking her talents westward to Stanford in the fall. (Dave Stewart/Hersam Acorn Newspapers Photo)

Westhill star runner Claire Howlett will be taking her talents westward to Stanford in the fall. (Dave Stewart/Hersam Acorn Newspapers Photo)

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