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CHHS Senior Anna Eng

CHHS Senior Anna Eng

CHHS Senior Anna Eng Commits to Fairfield University’s Basketball Program

Anna Eng, a point guard for the Croton-Harmon High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball team who averaged 19.3 points per game last year, has verbally committed to Fairfield University to play basketball. She chose Fairfield from among other schools because of the connection she made with the school’s basketball coaches, and because her first impression of the team was that they felt like a family - the same feeling she has for her team here in Croton. She also appreciated the rigor of Fairfield’s academic offerings and plans to major in Education.

Anna started playing basketball with the CYO team in 4th grade before moving to AAU basketball in 6th grade with NY Extreme Hoops and Coach Kristi Dini, and she has played Varsity at CHHS since her freshman year. In her three years on the team she has scored 1,005 points and has her eyes set on the all-time scoring record. She credits team sports with helping her become the person she is today.

“I’ve learned how to work with others, how to play a leadership role, and to work hard for what I’ve achieved,” said Anna. She specifically credited a mentor she met at Junior Liberty Camp for, “teaching me how to give 100%, build relationships with my teammates and always be kind and respectful to all players and coaches.”

The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team at Croton is a close-knit group, Anna explained, and she will miss being a part of the team after she graduates. Like many other student-athletes in their senior year, Anna is also struggling with the possibility of her final high school season being cancelled or heavily modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m just trying to stay optimistic,” she said. “Whatever happens, I want to continue developing my game.” The most important part of Anna’s game, she believes, is continuing to work hard no matter how much she improves. At 5’5, she is smaller than many other point guards, but Anna uses this as motivation—in fact, she chose #2 for her jersey as a reminder to move beyond the second spot and constantly strive to be the best player on the court.

In addition to improving herself as an athlete, Anna is committed to growing intellectually and is particularly enjoying the new lessons she’s learning in her AP macroeconomics class. She also believes it’s important to give back to her community. Anna is currently a ‘bud buddy’ at the high school, a program that helps incoming freshmen transition to their new surroundings. Outside of school, Anna has coached the 5th grade girls’ CYO team for the past three years. She strives to “help a new generation of girls be the best players and the best people they can be.”

“On behalf of the entire Croton-Harmon district, I want to say how tremendously proud we are of Anna,” said CHHS principal Laura Dubak. “Not only for her contributions to CHHS basketball and her commitment to Fairfield University, but also for continuing to mentor younger students and players. Her dedication to hard work and continuous improvement are precisely the values that are important to model.”