Harrison went years without having an athlete win the Con Ed Award. Now, not only do they have two in the same class, they have two on the same team.
Volleyball captain Jessica Segal has captured the award this year, months after teammate Jenna Webb won the award during softball season last spring.
“Jess is an outstanding athlete and teammate,” said Webb. “She is a great leader on and off the court and her work ethic rubs off on everyone on the team.”
Segal is a gifted athlete with an unrivaled work ethic and enough natural talent to make any team competitive. She plays the game she loves with an infectious smile that keeps the contest fun no matter the score and takes it upon herself to lead by example as well as vocally.
As a junior, Segal was the leader of a Husky team that went on a Cinderella ride to win Section I, she was named the conference’s player of the year and also plays lacrosse for Harrison. But her true passion is on the court, she plays volleyball year-round and has become the face of a very successful Husky program.
“Jessica is the heartbeat of our team, she keeps the team alive,” said Harrison Coach Candy Light. “In volleyball the big kill or big block gets noticed, but sometimes the setter that puts the ball into the hitters hands perfectly does not get the recognition she deserves. We are proud to honor Jess, our outstanding setter.”
Segal has been a fixture in varsity athletics at Harrison and has participated in the Empire State games as well. The senior is no stranger to winning awards, but said she was a little surprised by the Con Ed Award, which is given weekly to a student who excels athletically, academically and in the community.
“I did not find out that I was being considered for the award until I won it,” Segal said. “Mrs. Seligman pulled me out of the ninth period class last Wednesday and I was told that I had won the award.”
She hesitated to accept the award without giving some credit to her teammates.
“Volleyball is such a team sport that nothing is possible without the support of your teammates," said Segal. "I always say, ‘Individuals win games, but teams win championships’”.
Segal's older brothers were both Harrison football captains and each of them received the Mello award before the Harrison-Rye game. Her brother Daniel was a varsity hockey player as an 8th grader before graduating from Harrison in ’06. He went on to play rugby at Boston College. Segal’s other brother, Justin, played five years of varsity lacrosse and he is currently sophomore linebacker at Ohio Wesleyan University. Despite their accomplishments, neither Daniel nor Justin ever won the Con Ed Award.
With college right around the corner, it is no surprise that the senior will be looking to compete athletically in the NCAA. She has narrowed her search down to a few schools, but as of right now hasn't made a final decision.
In winning this award Segal was interviewed by WFAS radio, was featured in the Journal News and she will be attending an end-of-year banquet to honor all of the year’s Con Ed Award winners. She will be in the running for several scholarships at the event and knowing her, she’ll be bringing home a few of them.
Best of luck and continued success to Jessica Segal, Harrison Patch’s athlete of the week.