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Volleyball Athete Juleimy Ambert Ortiz Honored

Putnam Student MIAA Athlete of the Month
Posted on 12/16/2019
Juleimy Ambert Ortiz, a senior at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, has been selected as the recipient of the “MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award" for November 2019.

A member of the Putnam volleyball team, Juleimy led the team to postseason play and the school’s first playoff victory. A versatile player, Juleimy excelled playing in all positions, executing many kills, digs, and aces during the season.

According to Bill Scott, Putnam’s Dean of Students, she is “not only a terrific player, but she’s also an outstanding role model, teammate, and overall person,” and he said, “her love for the game” is evident. Juleimy recently described to a reporter how she views her volleyball team as “being a family” and “working and supporting one another no matter what.” She was elected captain of her team.

In the classroom, Juleimy has been a four-year Allied Health student. She maintains an A average in this demanding and challenging shop program. An honor roll student, she has been involved in Putnam’s United States Marine Corps Jr. ROTC Leadership program for the past two years. Juleimy desires to pursue a career in criminal justice. Her teachers, coaches, and friends describe her as “a selfless and caring person who takes tremendous pride in everything that she does,” stated Scott.

Juleimy serves her school and community extensively. She is a student leader for Putnam Project Purple, an initiative based on The Herren Project, which helps educate youth about the negative consequences and risks of drugs and alcohol abuse. Juleimy’s leadership, along with her co-workers support, caught the eye of Chris Herren, resulting in a feature on NESN’s The Celebrity Spotlight to “show and highlight Putnam’s efforts to promote wellness.”

Additionally, her service work for Griffin’s Friends, a group of volunteers dedicated to providing support to children with cancer has been recognized. She is a student ambassador for the ‘See the Wish/Be a Friend Project,’ an anti-bullying initiative that allows student-leaders like Juleimy to promote self-worth and support others. Finally, Juleimy is involved with the Red Cross Blood Drive, the Holiday Book Drive, and the Rock 102 Mayflower Marathon Open Pantry Food Drive. Scott noted, “She is an excellent student and a young woman who appreciates and recognizes the quality of life that she
enjoys, and as such, is committed to helping others.”

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 www.miaa.net, 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 b 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 www.miaa.net.
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