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Spellman Block ‘S’ dinner honors athletes

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Cardinal Spellman High School recently recognized the contributions of nearly 300 student athletes at the Block “S” awards dinner. 

Rev. Trevor Nicholls, president, and Neil McCarthy, PhD., principal, welcomed guests to the school, located at One Cardinal Spellman Place, and acknowledged the dedication, competence and loyalty of its coaches and moderators who helped lead Spellman to another successful year. 

The night also featured the presentation of the Schiazza “S” which is given to students who have received eight or more varsity letters over their four-year high school career. 

The award is named in honor of Salvatore Schiazza, who taught at the school for over 40 years and is a former athletic director and current moderator of alumni at the school, and was presented to seniors Lauren Endres and Kekelly Ketemepi. 

In addition, Timoth O’Hara and Ursula Vero, were honored as scholar athletes for their excellence in both athletics and academics.  As a result of their efforts, both students will be attending Pace University in the fall. 

Also, Robert McIntosh and Ketemepi each received the Athlete of the Year award. 

The following received the Most Valuable Player Award in their respective sports:

Baseball: Michael Ruzzo and Michael Walsh; Boys’ Basketball: Brendan Murray and Chris Manhertz; Girls’ Basketball: Carol Johnson; Bowling: Nicholas Rivera; Cheerleading: Juliette Brandon; Football: Robert McIntosh; Ice Hockey: Nicholas Bellaby and Joseph Carfora; Boys’ Soccer: Jaffar Daly; Girls’ Soccer: Natalee Rivera; Softball: Catrina Kostelas and Janine Varella; Boys’ Indoor Track: Jaffar Daly and Lamar Johnson; Boys’ Outdoor Track: Maxwell Asante and Stephen Johnson; Girls’ Indoor Track: Patrice Johnson and Janiene McMaster; Girls’ Outdoor Track: Christina Abebresah; Boys’ Cross-Country: Robert Dziedzic; Girls’ Cross-Country: Lauren Endres; Boys’ Volleyball: Addison Rivera and Girls’ Volleyball: Marie Connelly, Anissa Witter and Nysha Davis. 

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