By Eli Ruiz
MONTICELLO June 7, 2005 Monticello senior Erica Kalber is certainly used to lots of physical activity. After all, she has been a member of the varsity soccer, indoor track, and track and field teams since her freshman year,
But even Erica had to be a bit winded from all of her trips to the podium at last Thursday nights Monticello High School Senior Athletics Awards Banquet.
Monticello High School Director of Athletics Kenneth Garry was emcee for the ceremony
Kalbers first award was the coaches award for indoor track, presented by coach Peter Wysochanski. The coaches award is presented to athletes who exemplify and uphold the highest standards of school service, athletic performance, integrity and sportsmanship.
Next up for her was the scholar athlete award, which is given to seniors who have maintained a 3.5 GPA for their entire high-school career while being a varsity letter winner a minimum of three times. Her next award was the Doctor of Sport Award, presented to athletes with at least nine varsity letters. She has 10.
She then took home a senior award for participating in varsity track and field for four years.
Finally, Kalber walked away with the nights biggest honor, the Mayors Cup, an award initiated by former Monticello Mayor John Duiguid in 1991. Current Monticello Mayor Jim Barnicle presented the award to her.
Kalber then thanked the entire Monticello High School coaching staff for implementing in her and others the values of hard work, dicipline, and sportsmanship.
These are lessons that we will not only use on the athletic field, but we will carry with us through life, Kalber said. Without the disipline you all have instilled in us we wouldnt be where we are now
Another of Thursday nights big winners was Laura Ferranti. She recieved a coaches award, scholar athlete award, senior award and a Master of Sports award for her eight varsity letters.
Wrestler Christopher Ng also won multiple awards. He won a coaches award, scholar athlete award, senior award, and a Bachelor of Sport award for his four varsity wrestling letters. Ng had a very successful wrestling career at Monticello High. He recorded 94 wins, which is second most in school history.
Other award recipients were as follows:
Masters of Sport Victoria Carter, Robert Macedonio and Ryan Meddaugh.
Bachelors of Sport Cono Cirone, James Conway, Devin Jackson, Natalia Magalhaes, Benjamin Newburg, Taqiyya Robinson, Jesus Rodriguez, Janessa Shaw and David Berson.
Coaches Awards Richard Biggness boys tennis, Jeffery Brink baseball and boys soccer, James Conway boys golf, Brendan Devine indoor track, Brendan Ference boys track and field, Kayla Gager girls track and field, Meredith Levine girls golf, Liila Mack girls basketball, Luis Paredes boys basketball, Corey Price boys cross country, Pollyanna Palhano volleyball, Taqiyya Robinson cheerleading, Janessa Shaw girls tennis, Janelle Slutsky girls cross country and nordic skiing, Constance Stofko softball, Kristen VanHage girls soccer and William VanHage alpine skiing.