Joseph Cararra '24 and the eighteen other graduating seniors selected as this year's Globe Foundation/Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athletes assembled for an awards ceremony at Fenway Park yesterday. The scholarship-award recipients are selected based on excellence in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.

Carrara excelled in football and baseball at Andover. He served as co-captain of the football team for the past two seasons and was named All-Northeast Prep both years. In baseball, he was a starter on the teams that won the CNEPSBL title in 2022 and were semifinalists in 2023 and 2024. Among Cararra's extracurricular activities was serving as the elected co-head of Andover's Athletic Advisory Board, volunteering for the school's Morgan's Message club, and several youth mentoring positions in Bourn, MA where his father serves as a deputy fire chief. He was awarded Phillips Academy's Raymond T. Tippett Award and will attend UMass Amherst next fall and play football.

2020 was the first year that NEPSAC athletes (one male and one female) were eligible for the award. Andover's own, Alex Fleury '20 was the male NEPSAC recipient that year and Lillie Cooper '21 won in 2021. In 2022, Myra Bhathena '22 was named the Boston Globe's, "NEPSAC Athlete of the Year", an honor announced at the same Globe Foundation ceremony.

After the award winners were announced, Cararrar shared his reaction, "It was an honor to be selected for the Phelps Scholar Athlete Award and to represent Phillips Academy. To be included in this group of student-athletes is a privilege and I am so grateful for that. My success at Andover wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and support from my parents, coaches, teachers, and peers."

From the Boston Globe:

"On Monday morning, the day after the official end of high school sports for 2023-24, they were honored at the 38th Globe Foundation / Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athlete Awards ceremony.

Seniors representing seven MIAA districts, the city of Boston, and prep schools in Eastern Massachusetts, were awarded $4,000 scholarships for their accomplishments athletically, in the classroom, and as members of the community.

The Globe started the scholar-athlete program in 1987, with Phelps* coming on board in 1991. The 95-year-old Watertown native, a longtime businessman and philanthropist, emphasized the importance of education to those in attendance.

Phelps (Phillips Andover, ‘45) highlighted what he calls “the three A’s”: academics, athletics, and attitude.

If you come away with one thing from today, I want it to be education,” he said."

*Dick Phelps ’46, P’73, GP’14