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Lewis Mills Student/Athletes announce College plans....From Dave Tanner, AD.

POSTED May 09, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Lewis S. Mills seniors Kevin Sullivan and Stephanie Deccy, honored last night at the 2012-2013 CAS-CIAC Scholar-Athlete Banquet, have announced post-graduation destinations for 2013-2014. 

Sullivan, a three time All-Berkshire League, two time All-State and an All-New England award winner in cross country, will attend Boston College.

He will participate in cross country and track & field. Deccy, a two time All-Berkshire League and two time All-State Cross Country and All-State in Indoor track, will attend Harvard University. 

She will also participate in cross country and track & field.


For Sullivan, the journey to Boston included a memorable high school experience, earning eight varsity letters as a three-sport athlete in cross country, basketball and baseball. Reflecting on his high school experience, he said, “high school sports only come around once and I wanted to enjoy the opportunity.” 

At Boston College, Kevin’s first choice for post-graduation schools, Sullivan is excited to be accepted into the Carroll School of Management, one of the top business schools in the country. 

“Sullivan is not only an exceptional competitor and runner, he is a top student and a great person.  Remarkably, he is also a four time high school captain,” said Lewis Mills Athletic Director Dave Tanner. 


While Sullivan is a tenacious competitor in basketball and baseball, he truly excels as a runner. As a senior, he was the Class M cross country state champion, finishing 6th in the State Open and eventually earning a 24th place finish at the New England Championships. 

Academically, Sullivan has made 15 consecutive honor roll appearances, including 10 at the high honors level en route to a 4.1 grade point average.   

When asked about his decision on Boston College, Sullivan responded, “I’m looking forward to attending the great school of Boston College. It has been my dream school ever since I was young. I’m ready to embrace new challenges and compete at the highest level.”


Deccy’s road to Harvard began as a soccer player for her first two seasons at Mills. After earning a varsity letter in her sophomore year, she made the decision to switch to cross country.

That decision has opened many doors for her.

To date, Deccy has earned 11 varsity letters at Mills. As a junior, Deccy earned a 9th place finish in the cross country State Open, followed by a 5th place in the indoor track 1600 open and a 4th place in the 3200 outdoor track open. She also won the 3200 at the Class M outdoor track Championship as a junior. 

In her senior year, she was the Class M state champion in cross country as well as the Class M indoor track 3200 winner, also earning a 2nd place in the 3200 in the indoor track open. 

As a senior, she recorded a 24th place finish in the New Balance Indoor Track National Championships in the 2 mile.  “Stephanie is also an incredible competitor. She is relentless in her training and preparation and takes great pride in excelling in everything she does. In addition, she is also a four time high school captain,” said Dave Tanner.


Academically, Deccy has also earned 15 consecutive honor roll appearances, including 11 at the high honors level en route to a 4.4 GPA.

Reflecting back on her time at Mills, Deccy said “I’ve met so many amazing people and some of my best friends through running. I hope to continue to grow as an athlete at Harvard and I’m looking forward to competing with some of the best runners in the country next year.”


Other Lewis Mills senior who anticipate continuing their post high school athletic careers include:


C.C. Murphy – Softball at Florida State College in Jacksonville

Patrick Claffey – Men’s Soccer at Utica College

Cam Flower – Crew at University of Connecticut

Mikaela Hillsberg – Women’s Soccer at Eastern Connecticut State University

Cullen McHale - Cross Country/Track at Bentley University

Molly Hoekman – Field Hockey at Washington and Jefferson College

Hope Shevchuk – Field Hockey & Softball at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)


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