Pine Bush honors 124 scholar athletes

There were many proud parents and students at the Jan. 8 school board meeting as the Pine Bush Board of Education honored its fall scholar athletes,

Woman with dark hair and a blue sweater shakes hands with a smiling young woman wearing a denim jacket.
Ashley Parkes, a scholar-athlete on the tennis team, shakes hands with board of education member Kristi Kheiralla.

all 124 of them.

In order to be considered a scholar athlete, students must maintain a 90 or above overall grade point average in the classroom and compete on the varsity level.

Pine Bush also recognized its eight fall scholar athlete teams, where 75 percent of the members are scholar athletes, per the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Those teams include girls’ volleyball, girls’ tennis, boys’ cross country, girls’ cross country, girls’ field hockey, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and girls’ swimming and diving.

Young man with blonde hair smiling in blue t shirt while shaking hands with man in a blue suit jacket.
Senior John Parsells, a member of the cross country team, is congratulated by Superintendent Tim Mains at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

School board Vice President Gretchen Meier noted that this is one of her favorite tasks as a school board member and that the numbers of students and parents attending seems to grow.

“This is my sixth year on the school board and tonight is one of the best jobs I have being on the school board,’ said Meier. “It seems like every year we offer this opportunity for you guys to come and get your certificates, more and more kids come back and more and more families come back and the room gets more and more filled. It really means a lot to us. Thank you for taking the time out of your crazy schedules.”

“On behalf of the administration, I want to congratulate these young men and

Approximately 20 middle and high school girls stand in a line next to a podium where their coach, a man with a blue hoodie talks into a microphone
The girls’ swimming and diving team had a phenomenal season, in the pool as well as in the classroom. Coach John Barth, right, recognizes the team for its accomplishments.

women for their dedication to their academics as well as competing at such a high level on the field, court and pool,” said Superintendent Tim Mains. “We acknowledge their achievements and encourage them to continue their academic and athletic pursuits. We are certainly proud of them all.”

Pine Bush Scholar Athletes for Fall 2018                     

Varsity Girls Volleyball Scholar Athlete Team Award

Coaches: Melyssa Amelio, Assisted by Jen Evans

  • Emily Bott
  • Elizabeth Deckaj
  • Nicole Dziadosz                                  
  • Shelby Eller                            
  • Rileigh Meyer                       
  • Tiffany Nye                             
  • Taylor Pannell
  • AnJalyna Talmadge                              
  • Elly Taylor 

Varsity Girls Tennis Scholar Athlete Team Award

Coach: Michael Sabini

  • Kristi Cheung
  • Julia Dimino
  • Jenna Fiorentino
  • Hailey Gundersen
  • Skye Hall
  • Julianne Lee
  • Gianna Nazzaro
  • Ashley Parkes
  • Madeline Roche
  • Jenna Rumsey   

Varsity Boys Cross Country:  Scholar Athlete Team Award

Coach: Al Schmidt

  • Jonny Aguilar 
  • Colin Best                                                    
  • Finian Brown                                                         
  • Justin Ceiley
  • James Gellman                                 
  • Kiyan Hocek                                
  • Tyler Landivar                            
  • Brandon Lopez
  • Matthew Lupinski                                 
  • Ryan McNamara                        
  • Alexander O’Flaherty                        
  • John Parsells   
  • Aryn Simmons                         
  • Alan Soto                        

Varsity Girls Cross Country:  Scholar Athlete Team Award

Coach: Gerald Risco

  • Alyssa Biondi
  • Abigail Carpenter      
  • Susan Fernandez
  • Meghan Herbert        
  • Kailee Loiodice           
  • Paige Loiodice
  • Danielle Lovelace
  • Brooke Reynolds
  • Amelia Tremper        

Varsity Field Hockey:  Scholar Athlete Team Award

Coach: Lisa Sorrentino

  • Helen Deretchin
  • Brooke Florin
  • Abigail Halpin
  • Olivia Lenza                                                                                                           
  • Lauren Moccio  
  • Courtney Palmer                                                                           
  • Courtney Pekusic
  • Wylaimee Shalders
  • Jennifer Sorrentino
  • Melissa Torchio
  • Kristi Zelonis 

Varsity Boys Soccer:  Scholar Athlete Team Award

Coach: Mike Mancuso, Assisted by Logan Roebuck

  • Antonio Amelio
  • Jack Bisaillon
  • Brendan Conklin
  • Christopher Corin                  
  • Blake DelaCruz                      
  • Vincent Galanda
  • Joud Ibrahim
  • Nicholas Kahrs
  • Gianni Latorre
  • Jacob Rosenfeld
  • Jonathan Shaw
  • Tyler Suchy

Varsity Girls Soccer:  Scholar Athlete Team Award

Coach: Dan Conley, Assisted by Candice Carillo

  • Gillian DeWitt
  • Emily Dimino                         
  • Becky Drumm
  • Krista Edwards                                   
  • Isabella Emond                                  
  • Kayla Grassi                           
  • Yadaris Guzman                     
  • Christina Kania                                   
  • Basma Mahmood                  
  • Julia Mance                            
  • Emily McLean
  • Francesca Mondelli               
  • Courtney Obregon
  • Mary Regelski
  • Isabella Sapio
  • Madison Schultz         

Varsity Football:  Scholar Athletes

Coach: James Wright, Assisted by: Mike McDonald, Tom Lamandola, and Mitch Silverberg

  • Mason Bowen
  • Steven Gage                           
  • Jonathan Grasso
  • Antonio Levato, Jr.                             
  • Donovan Long
  • Rory Longfield
  • Gunnar Meland                                  
  • Haakon Meland
  • Colin Thorn
  • Thomas Ulbrich, Jr.
  • Ethan Velez
  • Bryan Warren                        
  • Francesco Wise
  • Justin Yeadon 

Varsity Girls Swimming and Diving:  Scholar Athlete Team Award

Coach: John Barth, Assisted by: Kathy Gallagher and Michael Reineke

  • Sydney Bahrenburg
  • Sara Barry
  • Olivia Brown
  • Desiree Burgess
  • Deanna Caceres
  • Marcella Caceres
  • Nina Camacho
  • Savannah Donaldson
  • Amanda Eagan
  • Desiray Green
  • Mackenzie Gula
  • Elishka Hajek
  • Brooke Hornbeck
  • Sara Ippolito
  • Antonia Licardi
  • Sophia Licardi
  • Anita Licata
  • Rebeca Lockward
  • Ashley Martin
  • Nicole McCord
  • Samantha McKee       
  • Madaghan O’Shea
  • Abigail Pearson
  • Katherine Sassi
  • Ava Schultz
  • Melanie Tique Diaz
  • Gillian Valdez
  • Payton Vellenga
  • Katie Webster      
Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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