As Gill St. Bernard’s celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we’re proud to announce Anna Gnapp ’22 as this year’s nominee for the NJSIAA NJ Woman of the Year.
Each winter, an outstanding female athlete from each school across New Jersey is honored in NJSIAA’s state-wide presentation to recognize their accomplishments, accolades, and service to their school community.
As a five-time varsity letter winner in Girls’ Basketball and Track & Field, Anna's leadership, character, and team-first approach resonates in every aspect of her life at Gill. On the court, the senior captain has helped GSB to an 8-3 record to begin the season with a 2nd place rank in the Skyland-Delaware Division. Anna’s leadership qualities extend well beyond the court as she volunteers her time in several student-led organizations, including the Organ Donation Awareness Club, Project LIT, Reading Buddies, Student Mental Health Club, Excalibur, Gill for Diversity, Black Student Union, and GSB’s Mentoring Program.
While NJSIAA did not host an in-person ceremony this year due to Covid-19, Anna was recognized with her award before the Girls’ Basketball game on February 1 vs. Hunterdon Central.
National Girls & Women Sports Day is an annual celebration held on February 2. Founded by The Women’s Sports Foundation, the day is designed to recognize the accomplishments of female athletes and help girls and women realize their power to become strong leaders in sports and life. This year’s event coincides with the 50th anniversary of Title IX, happening throughout 2022, and encourages individuals to use their voice to advocate for gender equity promote equality for women’s sports.
Gill St. Bernard’s holds a proud history of excellence in girls' sports through the tireless commitment of our coaches, athletic staff, and student athletes. Since 2011, GSB girls’ sport programs have combined to win 21 conference championships, 5 Non-Public B state championships, and 4 county championships.
Many of our athletes have also continued their success after graduation. Over a dozen former female GSB athletes are currently competing in the NCAA, including Alexia Allesch '17 (Appalachian State - Basketball) Nicole Johnson ’18 (Middlebury College – Track), Kat Lioudis ’18 (Colgate – Lacrosse), Lauren Garcia ’20 (Davidson – Lacrosse), Tori Goldin ’20 (Tufts – Volleyball), Samantha Lowe ’20 (Scranton – Soccer), Devyn Scott ’20 (Fairleigh Dickinson – Basketball), Teresa Zimmer ’20 (Vassar – Soccer), Hayley Armstrong ’21 (Ithica – Lacrosse) Ella Baker ’21 (Trinity – Tennis), Sophie Chang ’21 (Lehigh – Golf), Ella Fajardo ’21 (Fairleigh Dickinson – Basketball), Daria Hadiyan '21 (Stevens – Lacrosse), Rachel McQueen ’21 (Haverford – Softball).