Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
HONORS: Allison Benson accepts the
Mayors Trophy from Monticello Mayor Gary
Sommers at Tuesdays banquet.
By Rob Potter
MONTICELLO June 9, 2000 -- Coaches, parents and administrators
joined together Tuesday evening at Mr. Willys in
Monticello to honor a special group of athletes.
Student-athletes in 18 varsity sports were recognized at
the annual Monticello High School Senior Athletic Awards
And as High School Principal William Stickney noted in
his remarks, the Monticello students who participate in
athletics are true student-athletes.
You cannot be on a team if you dont maintain
adaquate GPAs, noted Stickney, refering to the
schools policy for athletic participation.
But that was not a problem for the athletes honored at
the banquet, many of whom have excellent Grade Point
Averages and will be furthering their educations at
In fact, 11 of the 18 MHS varsity teams received Scholar
Athlete recognition by the New York State Public High
School Athletic Association during the 1999-2000 academic
year. To earn that honor, the composite academic average
of a particular team must be 90 percent or higher.
The athletic fields are a place not only for
muscles and strength, but quick, healthy minds as
well, Stickney commented. Tonight, we honor
you for all you have done on the fields and courts, for
all of the thrills you have given us.
The prestigious Mayors Trophy was presented by
Monticello Mayor Gary Sommers to senior Allison Benson.
Every year since former Monticello Mayor John Duiguid
initiated the honor in 1991, the Mayors Trophy has
been awarded annually to one exceptional student-athlete.
Benson, who sports a 3.95 GPA, has competed for the
girls track and field, girls soccer, indoor
track and alpine skiing teams in her four years at MHS.
She is also the current Section IX pole vault champion.
It was kind of a surprise, Benson said
moments after Sommers handed her the trophy. I
thought I was towards the top [of the senior athletic
candidates], but I didnt know exactly where. This
is very exciting.
Benson has received an academic scholarship to Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute and hopes to compete on the
schools track team as well.
I talked to the coach and he said he was excited to
get another pole vaulter, she added.
Other award winners are as follows:
Coachs Award (given by coaches to one member
of each varsity team; recipient must uphold the highest
standard of school service, athletic performance,
integrity and sportsmanship): Allison Benson (Girls
Outdoor Track and Girls Alpine Skiing), Angela
Brasington (Cheerleading), Bin Chen (Boys Tennis),
Shavonne Collins (Volleyball), Erin Garry (Girls
Cross-Country), Jennifer Holmes (Girls Indoor
Track), Phillip Jackson (Boys Indoor Track and
Boys Outdoor Track), Cynthia Jessup (Girls
Basketball), Laura Katzenberger (Girls Cross
Country Skiing), Melissa Kiss (Softball), Brian Kurta
(Boys Cross Country Skiing), Jonathan Mayberg
(Wrestling), Joshua Meddaugh (Boys Soccer,
Boys Alpine Skiing and Baseball), Benjamin
Morganstein (Golf), Edwin Motl (Boys Cross
Country), Amanda Newberg (Girls Tennis), Phillip Stewart
(Boys Basketball) and Samantha Tucker (Girls
Senior Awards (student-athlete must have received
at least three varsity letters in a given sport)
Boys Soccer: Justin Diaco, Joshua Meddaugh;
Girls Tennis: Amanda Newberg; Volleyball: Patricia
Tate; Girls Soccer: Anji Bakos, Allison Benson,
Tammy Gabriel and Christine Kaiser; Cross-Country: Jakki deSenglau, Phillip Jackson, Brian
Kurta, Billie Lucas,
Kandace Michelin and Mara Miller; Indoor Track: Phillip
Jackson and Kandace Michelin; Wrestling: Jonathan Mayberg; Alpine Skiing: Allison Benson, Justin
Jonathan Garfield, Jacob Lerner, Joshua Meddaugh and
Josesph Rivela; Cross-Country Skiing: Jennifer Johnson,
Laura Katzenberger, Brian Kurta and Mara Miller;
Boys Basketball: Jason Campbell; Girls Track:
Allison Benson and Mara Miller; Girls Basketball:
Kimberly Fore and Brianna Tolli; Boys Track:
Phillip Jackson; Golf: Michael Kaufman and Jacob Lerner;
Boys Tennis: Jarred Lyons, Tyler White and Arbi Zadorian.
Senior Plaques (students earn either Bachelor of
Sport by earning at least three varsity letters, Master
of Sport by earning at least six varsity letters, or
Doctorate of Sports by earning at least nine varsity
letters. Each student must have earned at least one
letter during his or her senior year.)
Doctorate of Sport: Allison Benson, Justin Diaco, Phillip
Jackson, Jacob Lerner, Joshua Meddaugh and Mara Miller.
Master of Sport: Scott Coddington, Jennifer Johnson,
Laura Katzenberger, Brian Kurta, Kandice Michelin and
Bachelor of Sport: Anji Bakos, Jason Campbell, Jakki deSenglau, Kimberly Fore, Tammy Gabriel, Jonathan
Garfield, Christine Kaiser, Michael Kaufman, Melissa
Lewis, Billie Lucas, Jarred Lyons, Chiana Massey,
Jonathan Mayberg, Amanda Newberg, Patricia Tate, Brianna
Tolli and Tyler White.
Scholar Athlete Award (students who have
maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 while competing on
varsity teams): Alexandra Angel, Allison Benson, George Brandes, Angela
Brasington, Bin Chen, Shavonne Collins,
Kristin DeGraw, Jakki deSenglau, Justin Diaco, Kimberly
Fore, Tammy Gabriel, Jennifer Johnson, Laura Katzenberger, Michael Kaufman, Melissa Kiss, Jacob
Lerner, Erin Lynch-Stefl, Jarred Lyons, Jonathan Mayberg,
Kandace Michelin, Mara Miller, Amanda Newberg, Joseph Rivela, Brianna Tolli and Arbi