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S-GI student athletes recognized for achievements

SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute recognized its students’ academic achievement along with their athletic prowess, this past week.

Section 6 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association named one S-GI young athlete to the scholar athlete distinction, while providing honorable mention to 15 other students.

“These fine young ladies and gentlemen are being commended, not only for the commitment and hard work demonstrated, within the athletic arena, but also for their distinction within the academic walls,” said Joe DeMartino, director of physical education, health and athletics at S-GI.

Brandi Burgard was Springville’s lone recipient for the Scholar Athlete Award.

The following students received honorable mentions: Lauren Baker, Stephanie Bress, Victoria Chamberlin, Tara Felser, Hannah Gerber, Kalsey Geyer, Heather Hawayek, Emily Hens, Valentine Hills, Alexis Lines, Rebecca Maciuba, Sarah Owen, Lauren Robel, Alissa Roy and Corinne Schunke.

The students’ varsity coaches made the nominations for their players. The references included a written statement in support of each nomination.

Students must be seniors in high school, while maintaining a grade point average of at least 90 percent, during the last six semesters. These students must be a “starter or an important contributor” on a sports team at the school.

“On behalf of the athletic department, your efforts and successes achieved to this point have been nothing less than outstanding,” said DeMartino, to the recipients.

“Regards to you, your family and staff for a wonderful start to the 2012-13 interscholastic season.”

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