SCS student named to Little Lake Monster All-Star team: Community encouraged to attend baseball game this Friday

Mira Filion of Shelburne was presented with her very own Vermont Lake Monsters baseball card, which will also be the giveaway at the game on Friday, Aug. 22.
Mira Filion of Shelburne was presented with her very own Vermont Lake Monsters baseball card, which will also be the giveaway at the game on Friday, Aug. 22.

The New York-Penn League’s Vermont Lake Monsters in partnership with Northwestern Urgent Care has named 10-year-old Mira Filion of Shelburne to the 2014 Little Lake Monsters Community All-Star team.
Selected by an ad hoc committee based on answers to three questions that focused on sportsmanship, healthy lifestyles, and community, Filion and her All-Star teammates will be rewarded with an experience of a lifetime: to be a professional baseball player for a day.
“I found out I made the All-Star team about three weeks ago,” noted the Shelburne Community School fifth grader. “My mom surprised me with the news after soccer practice. I was so excited I screamed. It felt really good to be rewarded for all my hard work,” she commented.
“My mom told me about it [the Lake Monster’s promotion] and encouraged me to fill out the application,” Filion explained. “I thought it sounded like a good idea. Especially because my family and I do a lot of outdoor activities. I hike, bike, and kayak with my dad, while my mom and I love to dance. We are part of a traveling dance troupe that performs in front of different audiences. We also eat tofu, fresh vegetables from our garden, and lots of fruit to stay fit,” she added.
“Although I look forward to meeting the Lake Monster players and throwing out the first pitch,” the young baseball fan admitted. “I really just want to thank my family for keeping me healthy.”
“We set out to create a program that rewarded kids for doing the right things,” said Nate Cloutier, Lake Monsters General Manager. “We wanted kids and families to sit down and think about community, healthy lifestyles, and sportsmanship, and talk about what these things mean to them. In the end, we ended up with nine great kids, who are doing great things with their lives and in their communities. We are excited to have them as part of our team, and cannot wait to treat them like superstars for the day.”
Filion’s All-Star teammates include Ethan Fritz, Dustin Beloin, Connor Nielsen, Grace Arcovitch, Madeleine Montagne, Ethan Schwaner, Storm Rushford, and Brady Doorey.
In addition to the one-day promotional contract signed by Oakland’s Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane, the Little Lake Monsters All-Stars will:
• Be announced at a press conference where they will be presented with their own custom Vermont Lake Monsters jersey and official cap
• Take a limousine from the press conference to historic Centennial Field
• Have the chance to take batting practice with the Vermont Lake Monsters
• Be introduced to the crowd, recognized for their community efforts, and presented with their pay for the day, which will be donated to a charitable organization
• Throw out a ceremonial first pitch
• Have the chance to sit in the dugout with the team for an inning during the game among other rewards.