CLARK, NJ—Governor Livingston students Skylar Dowling and Sean McCulloch were honored as the 2020 Union Country Interscholastic Association Conference Scholar-Athletes for their commitment to excellence in academics and athletics.
Each year, the school athletic department selects a male and female student athlete who embodies the qualities of an exceptional scholar athlete—leadership, intelligence, dedication, and motivation—striving for greatness in athletics and academics. The following criteria were guidelines used to choose the 2020 UCIAC scholar athletes: Nominee must be a graduating senior; nominee should have participated in extra-curricular activities; nominee must have participated in an UCIAC sponsored varsity sport; nominee must have exhibited athletic and academic excellence.
Dowling and McCulloch were chosen by the school along the previously stated criteria and were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Due to COVID-19, the student athletes received their award and check with a drive-by presentation at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark. In addition to receiving the UCIAC female scholar-athlete award, Dowling was also awarded the Frank J. Cicarell scholarship given to a top female athlete among the scholar-athletes in the county.
"There's no person more deserving for this honor than Sean," said GL head baseball coach Chris Roof. "Sean was a leader on the ball field, basketball court and classroom. I'm so happy for Sean receiving this amazing honor. I wish nothing but the best for Sean at Susquehanna. That University is getting an amazing student/athlete for the next four years!"
McCulloch was the senior captain of the basketball team that was second on the team in scoring and first in assists, said GL head boys basketball coach Chris Loeffler. "Sean displayed the ability to lead a team game in and game out. He worked in the off season to get himself in basketball shape and ready to have a great senior year. He was called on to take a lot of shots with the game on the line. While they all didn't fall, he stepped up each and every time his name was called." Loeffler added, "The most memorable shot that did fall was the 3 point basket on Super Saturday, down two points with seconds left against New Providence."
Dowling, a four-year varsity starter in both basketball and lacrosse, reached milestone levels. In fact, in lacrosse, Dowling reached the 200 point level with 97 career goals and more than 100 career assists. She holds the school record for most assists in a lacrosse season. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 canceling the 2020 spring season, we'll never know the additional milestones she would have reached.
In basketball, Dowling is among the members of the coveted 1,000 point club, scoring 1,442 career points (NJ.com). It was her clutch shooting against Union Catholic that helped the Lady Highlanders rally for the memorable 36-31 victory to advance to the county tournament final. Dowling was named to the 3rd team All-state Group 2 and was ranked in the top 20 in the State for free throws made.
"I couldn't be more proud of Skylar's recognition as the UCIAC female scholar-athlete," said GL head girls basketball coach Chris Eckert. "Having the opportunity to teach and coach her these last three years has been a pleasure and it was great to see her develop into a leader on and off the court. I wish her nothing but the best of luck next year in college. I have no doubt she will continue to thrive on and off the court."