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CREC Student-Athletes Make All-State Team NEW

(Hartford, CT) Two CREC soccer players have been named all-state athletes, further establishing CREC as a competitive athletic program.

Victoria Piechota, a junior at CREC’s Academy of Science and Innovation from New Britain, was recently named to the girls all-state soccer team. Hartford’s Cristhian Zaldivar, a senior at the CREC Public Safety Academy, was named to the boys all-state soccer team. Both are the first student-athletes at their respective schools to receive this honor. Zaldivar is the first CREC male athlete to ever be named to an all-state team.

Still in its infancy, CREC’s athletic program began in 2011 and competes in the Capital Region Athletic League conference. Soccer was offered for the first time as a junior varsity sport in the fall of 2013. Varsity teams were added in 2014, and the program has grown to develop outstanding and dedicated players like Piechota, Zaldivar, and Abbie Miller. Miller, a girls soccer player at the CREC Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies, was the first CREC student-athlete to receive all-state honors in any sport last fall.

“We are committed to building a high-quality athletic program that will help keep our students physically fit, mentally tough, and compassionate and giving community members,” said CREC Athletic Director Jonathan Winer. “We congratulate Victoria and Cristhian on their success, and we look forward to following their future accomplishments.”

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