Cassandra Roberge of Seekonk, MA, a senior at Mount Saint Charles Academy, has signed her National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT to compete for their Divison I track and field team.
Roberge signed her letter at Mount with her parents, Paula and Ray Roberge, as well as her coach, Paul Jacques, by her side.
Roberge has been involved with Mount’s track and field team since she came to MSC in the seventh grade. Throughout her high school career, she has been a tri-sport varsity athlete. She was a captain of the indoor track team for her junior and senior years and she currently serves as co-captain of the outdoor team. “Being part of the team has taught me sportsmanship,” Roberge said. “Our whole team has always been really close so we’ve got a track family and we’ve carried ourselves throughout the years.”
Roberge will leave MSC with five indoor track school records and an MVP award for the 2012-2013 indoor track season. She has made All-State for both long jump and triple jump, and has made appearances at the New England Championships three times. Her leadership and performance were also key components for the indoor team’s class championship victory for the small school division in 2012 and 2013. She was recently honored by the Rhode Island Interscholastic League as the Student Athlete of the Month for December.
In addition to her track accomplishments, Cassie is also an accomplished soccer player. She anchored the MSC varsity defense for the last four years, and was a captain and named MVP for the 2012 fall season. She has been a member of the Explosion Futbol Club since age 11, and currently plays in the Massachusetts Premier League Division 1. “Cassie has been a tremendous student-athlete for the last 3 years I’ve had her,” Coach Jacques said. “She just brings a lot to the team. Her commitment is unbelievable to the team and also to her events. She is always willing to practice to get herself better. Even if she’s done her best she wants to keep improving.”
Academically, Roberge has also exceled. She is a member of the National Honor Society and currently serves as secretary for MSC’s chapter. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has made Excelsior honor roll throughout her high school career while taking a multitude of honors and advanced placement courses. In addition to her academics and athletics, she is a flutist in the MSC wind ensemble, has been a member of the pit orchestra, and is a member of the Excelsior hand bell choir. Roberge volunteers at the Doorways Food Pantry in Seekonk, MA, the Holiday Retirement Home in Manville, RI as well as at the Bernon Heights School in Woonsocket.
Cassie’s mom, Paula, shared a story showcasing Cassie’s drive and determination and how she ended with her admission into UVM. “When she applied to UVM, she was not in consideration for the team or for scholarship money or an athletic grant because her jump was not long enough by several inches. In the course of one season, she managed to hit the exact number that they needed in order to consider her for the team. She needed to jump 17 feet, 7 inches, and she jumped 17 feet, 7 inches on her last state meet, which is basically what made this whole opportunity possible. She improved on virtually every meet until she hit her goal. So we’ve seen some great dedication and wonderful leadership with herself and with her team. She has an amazing work ethic and is very committed. We’ve been very proud of her accomplishments.” She also recalled how Cassie wrote a paper that stated “I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for Mount Saint Charles.” Paula elaborated, “I think we all agree that being here in this culture, in this community has contributed in ways that we’ll never be able to measure or maybe identify, but it certainly has contributed to Cassie being the amazing kid that she is.”
The University of Vermont granted Roberge a Presidential Scholarship, an Academic Merit Award, as well as an Athletic Scholarship. “I felt really at home there,” Roberge said. “I could stay with the girls from the track team on my overnight and they all were really welcoming and they seemed like really fun people who’d be great to be with next year. They were funny and cared a lot about track and school. Plus the coach is really really nice. UVM seems like a really good environment with a big community that’s full of a lot individual people so you can be yourself.”
Roberge is enrolled in UVM’s College of Engineering and will be majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a specific focus in the biomedical field.