WILSON – Standout Wilson scholar-athlete Alexandra “Allie” Bubar recently learned that she has made an impression on the NFL’s only female owner – Mary Wilson, the widow of longtime Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.
Wilson wrote a letter to Allie, which was read June 12, when Allie learned she received the Millie Neville Senior Champion Award at Wilson High School’s Class Night ceremony.
In the letter, Wilson applauds Allie’s “commitment to both academic and athletic excellence” as well as her “character, integrity, leadership and exemplary community service.”
“I was honored that Mrs. Wilson took the time to write to me,” said Allie.
Kathleen Neville, who founded the award in honor of her late mother in 2007, said she believes Wilson’s outreach to Allie “is so significant to her at this point in her life. It’s truly women mentoring girls at its best – something I believe changes lives.”
Allie, who is a multi-sport, four-year athlete, will attend Niagara County Community College this fall, with plans to eventually become a doctor. She hopes to play both volleyball and basketball at NCCC.
Allie was Most Valuable Player on the varsity volleyball team and was named first team All-League and second team All-Western New York in volleyball. She served as captain of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams, earning entrance into the Wilson Captains’ Club. She also has earned the Coach’s Award and has been recognized as a Wilson Champion for character, conduct and representation on and off the field and court twice this year.
“Allie is wonderfully deserving of the Millie Neville Senior Champion Award,” said Wilson High School Principal Dan Johnson. “She is the perfect recipient and has been involved in a number of activities. And the gracious offer of this letter from Mrs. Wilson added to that honor.”
A member of the National Honor Society, Allie is an honor roll scholar and is also very involved in community service, participating in Volley for Life, senior citizen outreach, the Kan-Jam Tournament for Juvenile Diabetes, entertaining at Niagara Hospice, and donating time to the library, hospital and community events.
Allie also is a member of the school’s Women’s Choir and A Cappella Choir, earned All-County Music honors, was in the Area All-State Women’s Choir and volunteered in the music department.
She is the daughter of Michael and Darla Bubar of Wilson.
“She’s a great kid,” said her mother. “We’re so proud of her. We had tears in our eyes (when we learned of the award). Mrs. Wilson wrote her the most beautiful letter.”
“You are a true example of how a female student-athlete can realize success at every level of her young life,” Wilson wrote Allie, offering her congratulations on receiving the award. “There is no doubt that you have been a role model to many. Throughout your entire Wilson High School experience, including 12 seasons of excelling in sports, it is clear that you have continued to show other girls that with dedication, determination and diligence, they can aspire to do the same.”
Neville added that what she found special was that, “putting aside all of the speculation as to who is going to be the next (Bills) owner, Mrs. Wilson, newly widowed, is taking time to reach out to a young woman in Niagara County to tell her she’s extraordinary.”
Neville pointed out that Wilson also has asked Allie to be a guest speaker at the Western New York Girls in Sports clinic in the fall at the Bills Fieldhouse, which is held for girls ages 9 to 12, and to serve as a volunteer coach at its volleyball station. Wilson started the clinic in 2004 as a way to teach lifelong skills like sportsmanship and teamwork.
Neville established the award in honor of her mother, Millie, a professional working mother of five who devoted a great deal of time to community service, especially projects concerning children and families. Barnes & Noble Booksellers supports the Neville scholarship with a grant of $2,500.
Johnson called Neville “a true advocate for the Wilson School District.”