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Sen. Shelley Mayer Congratulates Byram Hills Girls Varsity Tennis Team on State Title

New York State Sen. Shelley Mayer came to Byram Hills High School on Thursday to congratulate the Girls Varsity Tennis Team on winning their history-making state title and presented each girl with a certificate of achievement. 

Senator and StudentsNew York State Sen. Shelley Mayer came to Byram Hills High School on Thursday to congratulate the Girls Varsity Tennis Team on winning their history-making state title and presented each girl with a certificate of achievement. 

“This is a fantastic victory and it’s important they get validated for everything great they accomplish in school and sports,” Sen. Mayer said in Bobcat Hall.

She met the girls, asked them about their championship run and presented each girl with a certificate. She also recognized Coach Mike Racanelli and Rob Castagna, the District’s Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, and thanked them for their leadership.

In November, the team won the inaugural New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division 2 team championship after an undefeated season. They became the first girls team to capture a state title in the school’s 55-year history.

Sen. Mayer said it was important to acknowledge their accomplishment.

“I truly believe in women’s sports,” she said. “I think sports is a way to learn about losing and getting up the next day. The ‘we’ is a big part of sports and the confidence that comes from winning and even just from playing.”

Staff and the SenatorSuperintendent Jen Lamia thanked Sen. Mayer, who is chair of the State Senate Education Committee, for coming, and told the girls how impressive it was that she took time out of her schedule to meet them.

“She is a senator who cares so deeply about schools,” Dr. Lamia said, adding to Sen. Mayer: “To have you here, it speaks volumes to what you think about our community.”

Sen. Mayer and Dr. Lamia told the girls that while they both love their jobs, they won’t be in them forever, and they urged them to get involved.

“We need new voices in the world of civic life,” Sen. Mayer said. “We need new people, and we certainly need women. This is a good moment to express yourselves.”

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