Democrat Photo by Ted Waddell
THE MONTICELLO GIRLS Skiing team celebrated its third state Scholar Athlete championship at Fridays scholar athlete luncheon at Mr. Willys restaurant. In the front row, from left to right, are Joseph Altieri (NYSPHSAA Assistant Director), Jaclyn Bunce, Janelle Slutsky, Maxine Hoffman, Rebecca Concors, Casey Zier and Rachael Huffman. In the back row, from left to right, are Monticello Central School Athletic Director Ken Garry, Kristen VanHage, Jordan Kunis, Devinne Depuy, Maria Pavese, Joanna Goldfarb, Brittany Beckmann and Coach Steve Duarte.
Lauded by All
By Ted Waddell
MONTICELLO April 11, 2006 The athletic director was as proud as punch, a bunch of student/athletes were on cloud nine and their parents were in seventh heaven.
On Friday, the Monticello Central School District held its annual scholar athlete luncheon at Mr. Willys restaurant to honor the accomplishments of the girls skiing team, which was named Scholar Athlete State Champions, and a group of students picked for the Scholar Athlete Team of 2005-2006.
For the ninth time in the schools history and third time in a row, the girls ski team (alpine and cross-country combined) was selected as the best in the state in terms of the members academic and athletic performance. This winter, the Lady Panthers blistered the slopes and traveled the pristine countryside while maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the classroom.
We want to honor our student-athletes for not only performing on the playing field, but in the classroom, Monticello Central School Director of Athletics Kenneth B. Garry said. There should be a strong academic emphasis in sports, and these kids demonstrate that very effectively.
Garry wasnt without his own honors that day, as he was recently selected as president of the New York State Athletic Administrators Association.
The luncheon was held in close conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day, which was Thursday, April 6.
The Monticello coaches selected two varsity players, a junior varsity player and a player from the modified teams to be part of the 2005-2006 Monticello Scholar Athlete Team based on three factors: coachs recommendation, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a significant contribution to their school or community.
This is a fine group of kids, who balanced academic success with athletic success, Garry said. Its not one thing or the other, its a combination of the two
thats what its all about.
Monticello Central School Superintendent Eileen Casey, who is in her final year of leading the district, and will be replaced next year by Assistant Superintendent Patrick Michel, said it was a great source of pride to have the greatest number of scholar athletes in the state.
It is my great pleasure to congratulate you on your outstanding athletic and academic success, she told the assembled student-athletes.
Before handing out the awards, Joseph Altieri, who is the Assistant Director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), noted the Monticello girls varsity ski team had an average score of 97.71 and placed first in the state out of a total of 31 teams.
He also noted that this was the 29th Monticello team to be named a scholar athlete state champion since the program was established in 1991.
Other Monti varsity squads werent far behind the Lady Panthers alpine and nordic ski teams. The girls volleyball team posted a GPA of 93.87 last fall, while the girls soccer team had a GPA of 95.08, girls tennis (94), girls basketball (92) and boys skiing (91).
As all the awards were being handed out and parents lined up for a group photo, Joanna Goldfarbs parents proudly watched the ceremony.
Im very proud of her. Shes just a great kid and great student, and she knows how to manage her time, said Joannas mother, Helen Radon.
Joannas father James Goldfarb is Director of Campus Activities at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake.
I watch her run and am very impressed, he said. I just cant believe the distance she goes.
Their daughter is a 16-year-old junior who competes in three varsity sports: girls nordic skiing, girls tennis and track.
Come winter snows, the members of the Goldfarb family put on their skinny sticks, and goes cross-country skiing.
She leaves us in the dust when we go cross-country skiing, James Goldfarb commented.
Monticellos top student-athletes of 2005-2006 included:
Marisela Acevedo (girls modified track and field)
Faith Alleva (girls junior varsity tennis)
Jahde Barasch Grose (JV volleyball)
Brandon Beckmann (modified wrestling)
Chelsea Brennan (varsity cheerleading, modified softball)
Jeffrey Brink (boys varsity soccer, varsity baseball)
Alexis Brinkerhoff (girls varsity golf)
Emma Cohen (girls varsity cross-country)
Anthony DAbbraccio (JV wrestling)
Brendan Devine (boys varsity track and field, boys varsity cross-country)
Charlotte Ference (girls JV cross-country skiing)
Nicole Fox (girls varsity basketball)
George Tyler Gilmour (boys varsity golf)
Joanna Goldfarb (girls varsity cross-country skiing)
Jared Goldstein (boys varsity alpine skiing)
Thomas Gonzalez (boys modified basketball, boys modified cross-country)
Tanisha Gray (varsity cheerleading)
Keenan Hall (boys varsity indoor track, boys varsity track and field)
Mandee Heal (girls modified basketball)
Rachael Huffman (girls varsity alpine skiing)
Dior Jackson (boys varsity basketball)
Jennifer Kavanaugh (girls varsity soccer)
Lauren Kirschenbaum (JV cheerleading)
Krystian Krol (boys varsity soccer)
Desiree Laguna (varsity softball)
Meredith Levine (girls varsity tennis)
Trevor Loughlin (boys modified baseball)
Krista Mangabang (girls modified soccer)
Gabriela Medina (girls varsity tennis)
Brittney Morse (girls varsity golf)
Andrew Moss (JV baseball, varsity wrestling)
Anthong Ng (varsity wrestling)
Pollyanna Palhano (varsity volleyball)
Maria Pavese (girls JV soccer)
Iris Robinson (girls varsity basketball, varsity volleyball)
Jacob Rubin (boys JV soccer)
Brianna Slutsky (girls modified cross-country skiing)
Janelle Slutsky (girls varsity cross-country skiing)
Jesse Smith (boys JV basketball)
Ryan Smith (boys varsity tennis)
Marissa Smithem (varsity softball)
Ryan Sonnenschein (boys varsity alpine skiing)
Todd Sonnenschein (boys varsity golf)
Kristen VanHage (girls varsity alpine skiing)
Michael Washington (boys varsity basketball, varsity baseball)
Teneshia Washington (girls varsity track and field)
Matthew Young (boys modified soccer)
Michael Zadorian (boys varsity tennis)
Emily Zier (girls varsity soccer).