Julia Ortiz, a high school senior who is a cross-country, indoor track, and track and field athlete at Stoughton High School, has been named a Triple-Impact Competitor by Positive Coaching Alliance — New England.

Ortiz is one of 14 New England high school scholar athletes to receive this recognition and is a finalist for a PCA-New England Triple-Impact Competitor scholarship.

Positive Coaching Alliance selects Triple-Impact Competitors based on essays they submit explaining how they meet three criteria: personal mastery, leadership and honoring the game. Recipients must provide testimonials from a school administrator, a coach and at least one other individual who is familiar with the student-athlete and able to speak to his/her embodiment of the Triple-Impact Competitor principles.

“We were impressed by Julia’s essays and references, which demonstrate that she is a leader who supports her teammates and exudes great sportsmanship,” said Beth O’Neill Maloney, executive director of PCA’s New England chapter.

Maloney said that PCA selected Ortiz as a Triple-Impact Competitor because “Julia’s athletic career started in high school, where she blossomed while competing as a member of the cross-country team, and indoor and outdoor track. Through the past three years, Julia has seen incredible improvement. Julia’s constant enthusiasm, and slogan of ‘fit, fierce and fabulous!’ lifts and inspires her teammates. Always willing to lend a hand, Julia is described as ‘the heart and soul of her team.’ Julia is a terrific example of a PCA Triple-Impact Competitor.”

Current high school juniors can apply for a Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2020. For applications and more information, visit https://bit.ly/2nCZQEc.