By Rob Potter
KIAMESHA LAKE June 15, 2001 Scores of Monticello Central School athletes were honored for their years of hard work and dedication to the schools sports teams at last Thursdays annual Senior Athletic Awards Banquet.
Administrators, teachers, coaches, family members and friends joined together at Fibbers Clubhouse at the Concord to thank those seniors who have competed for the Monticello Panther athletic squads. And it was noted more than once that a large percentage of those seniors not only excelled on the courts and fields of play but also in the schools classrooms.
Superintendent Eileen Casey noted that because of the accomplishments of these athletes, the school continues to hold the record for the number of state Scholar Athlete Championships. (In the past decade, a total of 26 Monticello athletic teams have been selected by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as the Scholar Athlete State Champions.)
We are confident that the skills of goalsetting and teamwork will be a great asset to you in all your future endeavors, Casey said. Through committment and hard work you have demonstrated your ability to accomplish your goals in both athletic and academic endeavors.
The evening was filled with mixed emotions for the athletes, coaches and families.
It is both a happy and sad time, Athletic Director Ken Garry said. Were happy to recognize the accomplishments of these senior athletes. And its sad because this marks the end of a relationship weve shared with these great kids over the past four years.
High School Principal William Stickney advised the honorees to look back on their scholastic athletic careers with fondness.
You have grown so much over the past four years, Stickney said. You have accomplished a great deal for yourself, your fellow players and for your teams. You have become a part of Monticello High School history.
Near the end of the evening, Village of Monticello Mayor Gary Sommers presented the prestigious Mayors Trophy to Samantha Tucker. Initiated by former Mayor John Duiguid, the trophy has been presented each year since 1991 to a most outstanding senior scholar athlete.
Before handing the trophy to Tucker, Sommers spoke of her numerous academic and athletic accomplishments. Among them are being ranked seventh in the graduating class with a g.p.a. of 3.98, being a member of the girls soccer, alpine skiing and softball teams and qualifying for the Section IX skiing championships five times. Tucker was a member of the state champion Scholar Athlete Champion Alpine Ski team for six consecutive years.
I had no idea that I was going to be the one to receive it, Tucker said of capturing the coveted trophy. It feels really good. I couldnt have done it without the help and support of my teammates, coaches and parents.
The other winners of the evening included:
Coachs Award (given to one member of each varsity team who exemplifies and upholds the highest standard of school service, athletic performance, integrity and sportsmanship. Most, but not all recipients are seniors.): Timothy Billias, Boys Indoor Track; Justin Bonner, Cheerleading; Benjamin Cohen, Boys Soccer; Kate Davidoff, Girls Tennis; Analey Dietrich, Softball; Kimberly Donohue, Volleyball; Ross Feller, Boys Cross Country Skiing, Boys Cross Country, Boys Track and Field; Jeffrey Garfield, Golf; Erin Garry, Girls Cross Country, Girls Cross Country Skiing; Jessica Konefal, Girls Soccer; Jorge Lee, Wrestling; Edwin Motl, Boys Basketball, Baseball; John Pavese, Boys Alpine Skiing; Kathryn Schlichtman, Girls Indoor Track, Girls Track and Field; Rebecca Sheerer, Girls Alpine Skiing; Diedre Smith, Girls Basketball and Conrado Szilard, Boys Tennis.
Senior Awards (medals/plaques given to senior athletes who have earned at least one varsity letter for three years, one of which must be the current school year. Three-year participation equals a silver medal, four years a gold medal and five or six years a plaque.): Boys Soccer Bryan Astras (three years) and David Valencia (three); Cross Country Edwin Motl (four); Girls Tennis Kate Davidoff (four), Jennifer Franklin (four), Rebecca Roberts (three) and Julie Stackhouse (four); Volleyball Cynthia Jessup (four); Girls Soccer Tina Billias (three), Jessica Konefal (four), Katie Manz (four), Rebecca Sheerer (three), Jen Suarez (three) and Samantha Tucker (four); Indoor Track Jennifer Holmes (four) and Clarissa Waterton (five); Wrestling Jorge Lee (four), Keith McLaughlin (four), Rene Perez (three) and James Trebilcock (three); Alpine Skiing Bradley Benson (four), Vincent Dollard (four), Emily Leidner (four), Rebecca Sheerer (five) and Samantha Tucker (six); Cross-Country Skiing Ross Feller (five), Matt Fox (three) and Katie Manz (six); Boys Basketball Edwin Motl (three) and Philip Stewart (three); Girls Track Jennifer Holmes (four) and Clarissa Waterton (four); Girls Basketball Cynthia Jessup (three); Boys Track Bradley Benson (three), Ross Feller (four) and Jorge Lee (five); Golf Vincent Dollard (three) and Matt Fox (three); Softball Cynthia Jessup (three).
Senior Plaques (awarded in three categories, Doctor of Sport, Master of Sport and Bachelor of Sport)
Doctor of Sport (for athletes who have earned at least nine varsity letters, including senior year): Vincent Dollard (nine), Ross Feller (11), Cynthia Jessup (10), Jorge Lee (nine), Katie Manz (10), Edwin Motl (nine), Samantha Tucker (12) and Clarissa Waterton (nine).
Master of Sport (for athletes who have earned at least six varsity letters, including senior year): Bradley Benson (seven), Jennifer Holmes (seven), Jessica Konefal (six) and Rebecca Sheerer (eight).
Bachelor of Sport (for athletes who have earned at least three varsity letters, including senior year): Bryan Astras (three), Benjamin Cohen (four), Kate Davidoff (four), Richard Fello (three), Stephen Figura (four), Matthew Fox (three), Jennifer Franklin (three), Emily Leidner (four), Rene Perez (three), Rebecca Roberts (three), Julie Stackhouse (four), Philip Stewart (four), Jennifer Suarez (four), James Trebilcock (three) and David Velencia (three).
Scholar Athlete Awards (presented to scholar atletes who have maintained a g.p.a. of 3.0 or better while participating in varsity athletics): Tina Billias, Benjamin Cohen, Casandra Clouser, Kate Davidoff, Vincent Dollard, Matthew Fox, Ross Feller, Jennifer Holmes, Cindy Jessup, Jessica Konefal, Elizabeth Klimasiewfski, Morgan Kulchinsky, Emily Leidner, Jorge Lee, Katie Manz, Edwin Motl, Rebecca Roberts, Julie Stackhouse, Rebecca Sheerer, Philip Stewart and Samantha Tucker.