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ELDRED CENTRAL SCHOOL Athletic Director Al Wojtaszek, center, congratulates the school’s 2003-2004 OCIAA Scholar Athletes – Jene Shafer, left, and David Albanese.

Academics, Athletics
Are Their Specialties

By Susan Monteleone
ELDRED — June 4, 2004 – Eldred Central School Athletic Director Al Wojtaszek recently announced the school’s top scholar athletes for this academic year.
“These two students have strived way above and beyond what has been asked of them,” Wojtaszek said. “They have had a lot of support along the way and I, as well as the district, am extremely proud of them for their achievements. Jene Shafer and David Albanese are truly the top scholar athletes.”
Wojtaszek noted that in order to be a top scholar athlete, each student must play at least two varsity sports and carry a high scholastic average.
Shafer, a senior, played soccer, indoor track, and softball during the 2003-2004 school year. In addition, she has maintained a 94.57 grade point average.
Albanese, who is also a senior, was a member of the football and track and field teams during the 2003-2004 school year. He has a grade point average of 94.07.
Shafer and Albanese both began playing scholastic sports in the seventh grade and both agree on one thing.
“We could not have achieved this goal without the help of our parents, teachers and coaches,” they said.
Upon earning the honor, Albanese and Shafer each received a plaque and a wind breaker. In addition, Albanese and Shafer joined the other 54 Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) scholar athletes for an awards breakfast on April 29 in Goshen.

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