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From CA to Team USA!

Cheshire Academy has a long history of successful alumni athletes, but two current students have already taken the country by storm—and it's only their junior and senior year!

PR_DarienDurham_1.31.13_photo2Cheshire Academy junior Darien Dunham of Cheshire was recently chosen as one of 24 women nationally to represent the U.S. Women’s Under-18 Soccer Team, and recently attended the first training camp of the year at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California in February. Well-accustomed to athletic preparation and competition on a national scale, Darien was also selected to attend last year’s National Development Camp in Las Vegas, where she represented one of six national regions to train and compete against other territories of the U.S.

Having played soccer since kindergarten, chiefly as a goalkeeper, Darien sees representing the U.S. team as a dream come true. “I checked my e-mail at 11 p.m. one night and saw the message that I had been chosen. I thought, ‘Is this really happening!?’” she said of receiving the news. “It’s exciting because if you play really well during the training camp, they may call you back to compete over the summer.” As CA soccer coach James Luis comments of Darien’s abilities, “She has always shown an unparalleled commitment to improve, working hard both on and off the field. This has prepared her to reach this great achievement. We are very proud of Darien and hope that it will influence others to follow suit.” CA Athletic Director Brett Torrey adds, “What an honor it is to have such a committed, high-level female athlete in our community. Darien is not only an accomplished soccer player, but also a major contributor to our basketball program, too.”

While prospects for Darien’s summer look bright, the ambitious junior has long-term goals in mind to represent the nation. “After I graduate, I’d like to major in psychology and join the Army Special Forces,” she says. Whether on the field, in the classroom, or one day serving the country, Darien is sure to be a powerhouse. Congratulations, Darien! You can read about her success in a recent Meriden-Record Journal article.

Cheshire Academy senior Cory Jasudowich recently returned to Austin, Texas, to PR_Jasudowich-Keith_photo2represent Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship. Cory was one of 45 players chosen from a national pool of talent to compete against Canada and Europe in a televised USA v. World game on February 5th on CBS Sports. The phenomenal, 6’2", 240 lb. linebacker and two-time captain for Cheshire Academy also served as captain of the US team this past summer at the U-19 World Tournament.

A varsity football player who started every game since his freshman year on offense, defense, and special teams, Cory ended his senior year season with a 29-6 final record, helping to secure his team’s spot in the past three NEPSAC bowl championships games. The home-state hero is headed to UConn next fall, a position he formally accepted on February 6th during National Signing Day ceremonies. Cory and his team have never lost a game on home turf since his entry into the Cheshire Academy football program in 2009. As CA head varsity football coach Dave Dykeman reflects on Cory’s ambitious athletic career and success, “You’d be hard pressed to find a player in the history of the Academy who has had the same effect on football as Cory. He is arguably one of the best athletes on paper to ever go through this school.”

You can read more about Cory in a recent article featured in the New Haven Register.

So proud of our Fighting Cat heroes! What US Team would YOU want to play for? It just may be a possibility at Cheshire Academy…

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