Caitlyn Longwell earns Val Dickinson Scholarship

Caitlyn Longwell, the senior setter for the Trumbull High volleyball team, was the recipient of the Val Dickinson Memorial Scholarship Award for the 2012 season.

The award was presented on Jan. 30 at the team’s fall sports banquet.

The award is sponsored by the Connecticut Federation of Volleyball Officials (CFVO) to honor the memory of Val Dickinson.

Dickinson was a referee and assignor for the CFVO and a member of the Connecticut Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame. She lost her battle against cancer in 2008.

Seniors who play volleyball for high schools in Fairfield County are nominated by their coaches and then winners are selected by the CFVO.

Nominees also must submit an essay about why they should be considered for the award. Larry Loux of the CFVO was on hand to present the award.

This is the first time a Trumbull volleyball player has been chosen for the award.

According to the award application, the scholarship seeks players who have exemplary volleyball skills, exhibit leadership, teamwork, coachability, a love of the game and consistently demonstrate courtesy, respect and good sportsmanship on and off the volleyball court.

Longwell, Trumbull’s varsity setter for the past three years, helped guide the Eagles to a 14-4 record and first place in the FCIAC West Division,which includes rivals Greenwich and Staples of Westport.