Rye High School seniors Brian Pickup and Kevin Hughes were selected as Lions Club Athletes of the Month for February and March, respectively. It is the second time Hughes has earned the distinction. He won it as a junior in 2010.
Pickup, a four-year starter on the varsity basketball team, helped lead the Garnets to the Class A Section quarterfinals in late February. The senior co-captain was selfless all season on the court, but stepped up when his team needed him most. He was named All-Conference for his efforts, and was also nominated as a McDonald’s All-American.
The hard court wasn’t Pickup’s only stage for excellence this year. He dominated the gridiron as well, earning a place on both the Westchester Golden Dozen and All-Section teams. Pickup was also voted winner of the Garnet Award, and was selected to the All-State Defense Third Team.
Pickup is an academic standout, too. He has taken Honors classes in English, History, and Forensic Science, and AP Philosophy and Economics. In his high school career, he has put together a 92% GPA.
The senior was honored with the Chris Mello Leadership award in the fall, and has worked as a counselor at both the Rye YMCA and Coveleigh Club.
Hughes capped a memorable swimming career at Rye with State championship victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events in March at the Nassau Aquatic Center in East Meadow, NY. He won the Section title in both races as well, and is a two-time All-American, as well as a Scholastic All-American. The team captain was also named the Westchester County Swimmer of the Year.
A member of the National Junior Swim Team since 2010, Hughes boasts an impressive resume in the classroom as well. He has made Honor Roll every quarter at Rye High, and takes AP classes in Psychology and Economics, and an Honors History course.
Hughes has worked at American Yacht Club since 2009, where he is a lifeguard and swim teacher. He also lends his time to Asphalt Green, where he volunteers to help young children learn to swim, and coaches swimmers at their meets. In 2007 and 2008, Hughes taught underprivileged children to read and write at the Ward Institute, and helped build the stage there for the students’ end-of-summer performance.
In late August, Hughes will head to the University of Notre Dame.