Keovongmanysar named MIAA’s ‘Student-Athlete of the Month’

Shepherd Hill senior a multi-sport athlete with a 4.03 GPA

DUDLEY — Davone Keovongmanysar, a senior at Shepherd Hill Regional High School, has been selected as the recipient of the “MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award” for October 2019.

Davone “DJ” has competed in athletics during his four years at Shepherd Hill, participating in two seasons of soccer, two seasons of cross country and four years of indoor and outdoor track. According to Assistant Athletic Director Mark Kelly, DJ “is a student of the sport and is very inquisitive about our training programs and workouts.” He serves as a great role model and mentor for his peers, and his personality resonates with all individuals that he meets. He is friendly and willing to support his teammates in times of need. “He is just a great young man and a pleasure to be around” said Kelly.

Academically, DJ challenges himself with Advanced Placement and honors leveled courses. He is a high-achieving student, and a top member of his class. His GPA of 4.03 is just one reason for his induction into Shepherd Hill’s National Honor Society. He demonstrates his discipline and commitment to his academics by working on assignments during bus rides to and from competitions. Kelly stated, “DJ values his relationships with teammates and knows that by doing his work efficiently, he will have time to enjoy the camaraderie he has forged with his teammates.”

As an involved student-athlete, DJ looks for ways to make activities in his school successful and engaging for his peers. Whether he is setting up for a Homecoming Dance, being an active member of the Math Team or running a meeting of the Model UN to prepare for upcoming activities, DJ is involved. DJ is proud of his heritage and is “active in embracing the best that his culture has to offer” to share with his peers, Kelly noted. In spring 2019, DJ was recognized at the State House along with his teachers for excellence in environmental education. DJ hopes to pursue his passion for sustainability and the environment in college.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented on a monthly basis to one male and one female student athlete who display excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and community service. Students in grades 9-12 who attend MIAA member schools are eligible to receive the award. Monthly award recipients receive a certificate of recognition, are featured on, honored at the MIAA Awards Recognition Banquet in the spring and will be eligible for the inaugural Harry Agganis Student-Athlete of the Year Scholarship provided on behalf of the Agganis family. Nominations for the award may be submitted by principals, athletic directors, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or other school administrators. For additional information about the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award program please visit


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