My name is Cece Curtin. I will graduate Montpelier High School in Vermont in 2021 and attend Rice Prep 2021-2022 as a PG student.
Hockey started for me at age 7 when my dad built our first rink in our back yard, 3 doors down from a neighbor with a rink in her front yard, who grew up to be an Olympic Gold medalist. Watching her play made a lasting impression. The following year I joined the Barre Blades. Over the years, I played for CVSA Capitals and with the club Vermont Flames. Many teammates dropped off and by the Bantum years, I was the only girl playing for our club. By my second Bantum year, I started as Right Wing. Five feet tall but skating toe to toe with boys twice my size and weight. I had speed, determination and I was often underestimated, which worked to my advantage.
High School arrived and I decided to stay with my High School team. More friends parted for travel teams and prep schools. I wanted to stay with my local team to help develop the program and encourage more girls to play hockey at our rink. I started, Right Wing, freshman year. Sophomore year I was the second highest scoring player, second only to the highest scoring player in the State, my teammate and friend. I was awarded Team I All-Star 2020 and MVP of the team.
I was named Captain this year, my Senior Year, 202 . I was named a Vermont Rotary All-Star 2021 and awarded as a Vermont State Team 1 All-Star 2021. Ending my senior year with a total of 95 points in the four years: 40 assists and 55 goals.
I am a good student and maintain a GPA over 3.0. I was awarded Academic All-Star 2021. I play 3 sports: Ice Hockey, Field Hockey (Captain and Vermont All-State Team 1, and recipient of the Solons Award 2021; top team scorer and Offensive Player of the Year 2020 and Team 1 Vermont All-State 2020, and Lacrosse MVP 2019.
I have worked since age 15, scooping ice cream and bussing tables. First semester of my senior year, I took a college course, Intro to Business, and earned an A. I am currently enrolled in a second semester college course, Introduction to Early Education. The purpose of taking theses courses is to prepare me for college course expectations and determine a major.
Due to COVID limiting exposure camp attendance and college visits my Junior year, I have decided to attend Rice Prep for a PG year 2021-2022. I'm looking forward to the strong skill development offered at Rice Prep, as well as the academic challenges. I'm excited for this extra year as time to make a more informed college choice and play one more year in a full, traditional season.
I believe I have what it takes to be a college student athlete. The experience of playing Rice Prep will prepare me to balance the demands of a travel hockey team while maintaining strong study skills. I look forward to meeting coaches who will recognize my diligence, perseverance, loyalty and balance.