Villa Maria Academy Honors The Fittest

Michael Bernard, VMA Physical Education director, welcomed Maxine Agee, widow of 1969 Met Tommy Agee and personal friend to the late Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel, to the gala.
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Vill Maria Academy commemorated three decades of student NYS Physical Fitness Test achievements at its second annual Detective Steven McDonald Evening of Champions on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18 at the school’s Visitation Center. The gala recognized VMA’s kindergarten through eighth grade Fitness Champions, emphasized physical education and honored McDonald’s memory. Retired professional heavyweight boxer Gerry ‘Great White Hope’ Cooney presented this year’s Detective Steven McDonald Courageous Spirit Award to sixth grader Anthony Venturino for his calm-under-pressure temperament.

VMA student Nicholas Granieri proudly displayed his NYS Physical Fitness Test achievement trophy.
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Kylie (l) and her cousin Mackenzie Dunn were honorary police officers for the evening.
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VMA students presented awards to Patti Ann and Conor McDonald.
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Conor (l) and Patti Ann McDonald received a commemorative basketball from NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill (c).
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