The Kristin “Krit” Kearins Memorial Scholarship Fund
This Scholarship was established in Krit’s memory by her loving family and friends.
In September 2008, we lost a shining example of all that is good in the world. Andover High School graduate, class of 2000, Kristin “Krit” Kearins, died tragically in a bicycle accident in Boston. She will be remembered for her heart of gold and her infectious enthusiasm for life.
Krit worked in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital while pursing a career in Nursing. She was known for her amazing ability to communicate with her young patients, even in the most trying of circumstances.
Krit was a top diver and gymnast at Andover High. In 1999 she helped lead the AHS Diving team to its first State Championship title. A year later, with her help, the AHS Gymnastics team captured its first state Championship title.
As captain of both teams during her senior year, Krit was an amazing role model and leader. She always worked hard, whether on the diving board or the mat, and while she had a competitive streak, she knew the importance of having fun.
The Scholarship Committee will be looking for recipients who show the passion and heart that Krit was known for during her 4 years as an athlete at Andover High.
The Kristin Kearins Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually.
The applicant must be a student in good academic standing who plans to further his/her education upon graduation.
The scholarship will be awarded to a senior student athlete who exhibits superior sportsmanship and team spirit in the sports of swimming/diving and or gymnastics.
Memorial Scholarship Recipients
2023 Scholarship Recipient: Rachel Cordio - Endicott College
Rachel is an honors student who will be attending Endicott College in the fall. She is excited to study Elementary Education.
For 10 years, Rachel has been a member of the Andover YMCA’s synchronized swimming team. She has competed in national competitions for each of the last 8 seasons. Through synchro she has built lasting friendships and developed her leadership skills, both by mentoring younger swimmers and serving as captain for the past 4 years.
In her Freshman year, she bravely tried out for the Andover High School Lady Warriors Swim and Dive team, having never before competed as a speed swimmer. She is proud to be a 4 year varsity member of the team, during which qualified for state and conference championships each year. In her senior year she was elected and served as team captain.
Rachel has combined her love of swimming, leadership, and educating young people in her job as a swim instructor. She loves music and concerts, and spending time at the beach with her family.
2023 Scholarship Recipient: Amanda Kim - Gordon College
Amanda is an honors student and a proud member and senior captain of both the Andover High School Girls’ Varsity Gymnastics and Tennis teams. She also trained and competed year round as part of the Yellow Jackets Gymnastics Club and Willows Tennis Club. She started gymnastics at age two and went on to win multiple State and Regional championships throughout her career. She picked up tennis during middle school and quickly excelled at the sport. While juggling two sports was not easy, she managed to balance them with her schoolwork. She loves her high-school and club teammates and cherishes the special bond they share of having grown-up training together.
Amanda will be attending Gordon College as a Global Honors Scholar and a varsity athlete on the Women’s Tennis Team. She is planning to study Biology and Education. Before heading out to college, she is excited to visit South Korea with her family in the summer. She is looking forward to enjoying the country and the food with a whole new appreciation for her cultural roots.
2023 Scholarship Recipient: Ella Waszkelewicz - Purdue University
Ella was a 4 year high honors student at Andover High School that thrived in her academic studies, her commitment to athletics and her desire to support community service. Ella participated in the Global Pathways Scholar program and DECA, as well as being a founder of the Global Goals Club. She helped organize many fundraising events that benefited children and loves being a good role model for younger students, especially when she participated in Warrior Way annually. She received a varsity letter in cross country and track, but her real passion is gymnastics. She started gymnastics at the age of five and worked her way up to Diamond level on the Reading Gymnastics Academy’s club team. Ella did not hesitate to join the high school team as a freshman and looked forward to the season every year. She proudly served as a co-captain her senior year and was honored with receiving the coaches award, an award that not only recognizes an athlete’s commitment to excellence but more importantly a teammate that supports her team and provides a positive influence. Ella was supportive of everyone on the team, regardless of their role. One of her favorite team memories was coaching young girls during a gymnastics clinic led by the AHS team. Ella will be attending UCONN next year as an undecided major.
When Ella isn’t studying or in the gym she can be found working at Crack’d Kitchen. She loves reading, exercising, being on the lake in the summer and spending time with her family and her amazing group of supportive friends.
2022 Scholarship Recipient: Neil Slotnick - Purdue University
Neil Slotnick is a kind, caring young man who has worked hard to earn academic and athletic honors during his high school years. He was a four-year varsity athlete for the men's swim and dive team at Andover High School where he served as captain in his senior year when the team won the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship. Neil began swimming competitively at age six. He also participated on the AHS Cross Country Team for four years and ran his first half marathon when he was 14 years old, also completing a triathlon the same year. Neil was an honors student in his senior year while taking five Advanced Placement classes. He gave back to the community as a volunteer coach with the Massachusetts Special Olympics Ski Team and at the Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence.
Neil plans to study Environmental Science at Purdue University.
2022 Scholarship Recipient: Georgia Allen - Santa Clara University
Georgia will attend Santa Clara University next fall. She plans to pursue a double major in Strategic Communications/Psychology and minor in Women and Gender Studies.
Georgia was an honor student at Andover High School for four years. She served as a peer mentor to incoming freshmen, and was also a spokesperson for Warrior Way, a youth outreach and sportsmanship program in the local elementary schools. During her senior year Georgia completed an environmental sustainability internship in collaboration with the Andover Conservation Department. Georgia has been diving since she was eleven and was a four-year member of the AHS Varsity Swim & Dive team. She was proud to serve as a Co-Captain her senior year. Georgia competed on the AHS gymnastics team her freshman and sophomore years and also enjoyed coaching gymnastics as a part of Special Olympics.
Outside of school Georgia enjoys painting, yoga, hiking and spending time with her friends. She works part time at Les Fleurs and provides compassionate care for multiple pets and children in her neighborhood. Georgia is honored to be a recipient of the Krit Kearins Memorial Scholarship and thanks her many wonderful coaches and teammates for contributing to her success.
2022 Scholarship Recipient: Charlotte Moulson - Hamilton College
Charlotte was a high honors student during her 4 year tenure at Andover High School. She loved being a member of the Girls Swim and Dive team all four years and earned many awards including All Scholastic Swimmer and Division 1 Swimmer Of the Year her senior year. She was honored to be selected as a captain for her final season with the team! Charlotte also swims for Crimson Aquatics and has been a member of the team for the past 8 years.
Outside of the pool, Charlotte is a strong advocate for sustainability and doing more to take care of our planet. She has been an active member of The Tomorrow Project, an organization which teaches kids K-5 about small changes they can make to save our planet. She hopes to be able to combine her passion for Sustainability and her fluency in French when she heads off to college.
Charlotte is beyond excited to continue her love for learning and swimming at Hamilton College in the fall !
2021 Scholarship Recipient: Emme Pitts - George Washington University
Emme was proud to captain both the Gymnastics and Swim and Dive teams to MVC Championships. Outside of the gym and pool, Emme has been an honor student for all 4 years at AHS, is a student leader for the National Honor Society and is a member of the Global Pathways Program. Additionally, Emme was an active member of the AHS Model UN team for the last three years, and interned for MA Representative Tram Nguyen last summer.
In the fall, Emme will attend George Washington University where she will participate in their selective Women's Leadership Program and plans to study International Affairs.
2021 Scholarship Recipient: Addison Earle - University of Tennessee
Addison was an honor student at Andover High School and was proud to be a member of the AHS State Championship Swim and Dive Team all four years. She went to Junior Olympics for synchronized swimming before deciding to transition to the high school swim team. In her sophomore season at AHS, she was honored to receive the Sportsmanship Award from her coaches. She crushed it at the 2019 State Championships, setting new personal bests in her events. Addison volunteered at the YMCA, coaching her former ANA synchronized swimming team.
Addison will be attending the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee.
2021 Scholarship Recipient: Amanda Morin - Vanderbilt University
Amanda is a 4 year high honor student and is also on the National Honor Society Executive Board. She was a four year varsity member of the AHS Gymnastics Team serving as captain both her Junior and Senior years. Amanda was also a member of the varsity Swim and Dive Team her Sophomore through Senior years.
Amanda participated in the St Augustine Youth Ministry program throughout High School and volunteered at Mary Immaculate Nursing home. Her other philanthropic activities included teaching gymnastics for The Special Olympics and volunteering at Lawrence General Hospital.
She has a part time job this summer and is looking forward to spending lots of time with family and friends. Amanda will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall studying Medicine, Health and Society.
2020 Scholarship Recipient: Maddy Francis - Bridgewater State University
Maddy was a 4 year honor student at Andover High School. She was a part of the AHS gymnastic team for all 4 years and Captained her Junior and Senior year. She also was a part of the Reading Gymnastics Academy Diamond club team year round. Maddy worked as an Instructor at South Elementary Schools Kids Care program for three years.
This summer Maddy will be babysitting for an Andover family with 2 girls. In the fall, she will be attending Bridgewater State University, majoring in Elementary Education & doing their 5 year Master’s program. Her future goal is to become an Elementary School teacher.
2020 Scholarship Recipient: Emily Ma - New York University
Beginning at age 6 Emily began doing synchronized swimming which went on for 12 years. She joined the AHS Swim team which sparked her love for swimming. After a successful freshman and sophomore season, she decided to join Crimson Aquatics and focus primarily on swimming. Emily is a multiple time state relay champion and an individual runner up. She is also a Boston Globe All-Scholastic Athlete and Speedo Futures qualifier. Emily committed to swim for NYU in the fall of her senior year and will be competing for the team in the fall of 2020. She will be in the liberal studies program as a Biology major with a Pre-Medical focus. She is an honors student and a member of the National Honor Society. During the summer, Emily coaches younger synchronized swimmers to connect with the sport that made her love the water. Also this summer Emily plans to train and prepare for college.
2019 Scholarship Recipient: Mia Galat
Mia is a 4x State Champion and a 3x Boston Globe and Boston Herald All Scholastic. In 2017 she was named Boston Globe Swimmer of the Year and in her senior year she was named Merrimack Valley Conference MVP. Mia has been a member of both the AHS swim and dive team and Crimson Aquatics throughout high school.
Mia is a part of the South Church community and Youth Group. Over her April vacations, Mia worked to rebuild homes for low-income families as a volunteer on South Church's Mission trips to South Carolina and Virginia. In the summers, Mia works at Indian Ridge Country Club as a life guard and swim instructor.
She will attend the University in Connecticut in the fall where she will swim.
2018 Scholarship Recipient: Zachary Beucler
Zac is one of our 2018 scholarship recipients. He possesses an incredible amount of self-determination to be successful. He is a talented swimmer, who was selected to be a captain of his team. He is a great role-model, and is very modest despite his exceptional talent. Outside of the pool, he is a strong student and kind young person with a lot of heart. Zac will attend Connecticut College in the fall.
2018 Scholarship Recipient: Katrina Babcock-Connor
Kat is our 2nd 2018 scholarship recipient. She will attend Norwich University in the fall. Focused, conscientious, and empathetic with an incredible work ethic, Kat is more than ready for the next phase of her life to begin. She also happens to be one of the nicest, most inclusive students at AHS who strives to help others in her school and the greater community. To that end, she has been a member of Amnesty International and dedicated volunteer for Project Home Again. Kat has also been an active member of the AHS swim team and has served as both a lifeguard and swim instructor. Moreover, she is well-respected by her peers and her teachers as she prides herself on completing assignments on time, participating fully in class discussions, and volunteering to lead group projects. Kat’s compassion, resolve, and sense of purpose will serve her well as she continues on her journey to become a nurse next year.
2017 Scholarship Recipient: Rachel Landry
Rachel scholastically has been an honor student for all 4 years at Andover High School. She was part of the Andover High School swim team that won 3 state championships during her high school career. She was also named MVC all conference all star all 4 years and named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald all scholastic teams. Rachel also swims year round for Phoenix swimming.
Rachel's passion is mentoring, developing and caring for children. She currently cares for many different children and will continue to do this throughout the summer along with being a swim instructor. Next year Rachel will attend Fairfield University and pursue a nursing career while continuing to swim . Her desire is to become a pediatric nurse so she can continue to work with children.
2017 Scholarship Recipient: Jenna Manning
Jenna was a 4 year member of the Andover Girls Swim and Dive team and Captain her Senior year. Jenna will be attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and intends to pursue a career as an officer in the US Coast Guard. While at the academy, Jenna will compete for the “Bears” as she continues swimming as a member of the USCGA Women’s Swim and Dive team. Jenna was an accomplished honors student at Andover High School and supportive member of Warrior Way. Outside of school Jenna enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her friends and family. She has been a lifeguard, swim instructor and swim team coach at The Andover Country Club for the past several summers as well as a member and coach of Crimson Aquatics. Jenna is so honored to be among the many great women recipients of this beautiful scholarship in memory of Krit.
2016 Scholarship Recipient: Caitlyn Fitzsimmons
Caitlyn is our 9th scholarship recipient! She was a member of the Andover High School’s Swim & Dive team and captain her senior year, leading the team to their 15th Mass State Championship. She was also a member of the track team. Caitlyn will complete her freshman year at Endicott College this spring, with studies in visual arts and a major in interior design.This past school year she had the opportunity to intern at Acorn Home and Design Center in Andover, gaining valuable job experience.She was also accepted into the Honors program this spring and is looking forward to beginning honors seminar courses in the upcoming fall semester. This summer she will begin interning at CBI Consulting Inc. in Boston.
2015 Scholarship Recipient: Maggie Verrette
Maggie is our 8th recipient. Her sophomore year at Ithaca College was full of many new experiences and great success. She continued her studies in the business school while competing for Ithaca's gymnastics team. She contributed to the team’s success on both vault and floor, setting personal career highs on vault and being a part of a record breaking season for the bombers. She has also completed her first year as a member of Ithaca's leadership academy. The academy consists of a select group of student athletes. They learn what it means to be a leader and how to apply leadership within our teams. Maggie will be studying abroad throughout May and June this summer in Florence, Italy.
2015 Scholarship Recipient: Sophia Allen
Sophia, our 7th recipient has currently finished up her second semester at Middlebury College as a neuroscience major and global health minor.She continued diving last fall, and currently training for a half marathon this spring. This summer, she will be traveling to Northern Ghana to work for an NGO called Saha Global implementing water purification systems in rural villages. After Sophia returns, she is planning on working in Burlington VT Next fall semester, Sophia will also be studying abroad in Cairns, Australia and learning to scuba dive.
Sophia will attend Middlebury College in Vermont next fall. She plans to study biology and environmental science, and was recruited as a diver for the Panthers.
2014 Scholarship Recipient: Jessie Livington
Jessie, our sixth recipient, has recently finished her junior year at Michigan State University. She is an elementary education major, adding the minor TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)working one on one with students in the class well.
Jessie also worked as the manager of the varsity gymnastics team, traveling all over this spring semester, including Rutgers, Iowa, Illinois and Penn State.
In the fall semester Jessie earned a 4.0 GPA She will be continuing her studies, staying in Australia - Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns. In Sydney she is excited to be training to surf. After spending five weeks in Australia,Jessie will be extending her trip and flying over to New Zealand.
Once back from study abroad Jessie plans to spend the remainder of the summer with friends and family before heading back to Michigan State in late August.
2013 Scholarship Recipient: MacKenzie Dutton
MacKenzie, our fifth recipient, will be graduating from the nursing program at Endicott this spring. She had a community health clinical in Gloucester Public Schools working with school nurses. and was at Holy Family Hospital and Lawrence General Hospital in their ICU's. She also had an internship at Mass General Hospital on Lunder 8 which has been an honor to be a part of.
Mackenzie went with friends to to Punta Cana on spring break - a welcome down time for her.
After graduation Mackenzie will be moving back to Andover with her mother and brother.
She is taking the NCLEX exam to get her nursing license and is currently looking for job opportunities in this area. Mackenzie is looking forward to becoming a nurse.
2012 Scholarship Recipient: Courtney Stone
The fourth recipient of the Kristin Kearins Memorial Scholarship was Courtney Stone. Courtney was a tri-captain of the 2011 – 2012 AHS Lady Warriors Swim and Dive State Championship team. She graduated last May of 2016 from Bentley University with a degree in accounting. Courtney was a lifeguard, active participant in the community service-learning program and a member of the academic honors Dean’s list at the university. She was also a diver on the Bentley University Swimming and Diving team. She is a two-time qualifier for the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. This summer she will attend graduate school to receive her masters and begin to study for the CPA exams. She will also be training for her first half-marathon this summer. In September she will start her career in audit at Wolf & Company, P.C. in Boston.
2011 Scholarship Recipient: Kanella Christopulos
On May 5, 2017, Kanella graduated from Northeastern University with her Masters in Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has proudly accepted a Clinical Fellowship position at the VA Medical Center in Boston; where she will be providing treatment to our country's veterans suffering from brain injuries, degenerative diseases etc, in acute care and acute rehabilitation. Kanella is excited to relax and travel this summer; and especially looking forward to an adventurous family trip to Central America!
2010 Scholarship Recipient: Kayla Baldwin
Kayla, our second recipient, is in her second year as an Oncology Nurse at Mass General Hospital. She recently finished her certification to be a chemo certified nurse as well. Kayla is looking forward to this summer where she will spend a lot of time outdoors. Between the beach, hiking, running, biking, etc. - you will find her in the sunshine!
2009 Scholarship Recipient: Leah Psoinas
Leah, our first recipient, has been living in Columbus, GA with her husband for the past year who is stationed at Fort Benning in the Army and plans to be there until about Christmas time when he will leave the Army. Leah is hoping to move back north. She is currently working at a yoga/fitness studio doing desk and admin work with the advantage of taking free classes. She is also working remotely as the Marketing and Promotions manager for her mother’s new secondhand furniture store located in Salem, NH called Just the Right Piece, which opened last July. She runs all the social media pages as well as creating advertisements, banners, etc. As for travel plans, Leah will finally take a belated honeymoon this summer, doing a Mediterranean cruise for a week in addition to road tripping from Barcelona through Southern France.