On May 24, the Arthur L. Johnson Athletic Department held their 2016 Spring Athletic Awards. The evening, sponsored by the Crusader Athletic Booster Club, was held in the Arthur L. Johnson High School auditorium.
All the Spring Athletic Teams and their seasons were highlighted by their coaches while handing out letters and awards to the student athletes. Over 125 varsity athletic letters were handed out throughout the evening, as participation in athletics at Arthur L. Johnson High School continues to grow.
The program continued with the Student Athlete Award, which was presented by the Principal of Arthur L. Johnson High School, Mr. Rick Delmonaco. The Student Athlete Award is given out each athletic season to a student athlete that is not only a champion on the field, but in the classroom as well. The 2016 Spring Student Athlete award recipient was Amanda Banek.
In addition, the Crusader G.P.A. Challenge was awarded to the team that finishes with the highest overall G.P.A. amongst athletic teams for the spring season. The recipients will be presented with certificates, have their team memorialized on a plaque, and be invited for a “Breakfast with the A.D.” to celebrate their actions both in the classrooms and on the fields. The spring G.P.A. Challenge was awarded to the Crusader Golf Team with a G.P.A. of 4.002. The following members of the Golf Team were named G.P.A. Challenge winners: Connor Burns, Matthew Iaccarino, Thomas Nadolsky, Samuel Skultety, Stephen Villaverde, Gabrielle Kaczan, Kevin Micheludis, James Moran, Erin Peters, Ross Wildes, Nicholas Ridente, and Daniel Burns.
The evening continued with the announcement of the Best Teammate Award winners. The BTAs were: Baseball – Andrew Sanchez, Golf – Stephen Villaverde, Lacrosse – William Horner, Softball – Shannon Brogan, Tennis – Luis Bergin, Boys’ Spring Track & Field – Eric Velasquez, Girls’ Spring Track & Field – Nicole Nugent.
The evening culminated with the announcement of the Team Most Valuable Players. The MVPs were: Baseball – Mitchell Becker, Golf – Samuel Skultety, Lacrosse – Kyle Meyers, Softball – Gianna Randazza, Tennis – Michael Demarco, Boys’ Spring Track & Field – Matthew Janowski, Girls’ Spring Track & Field – Rachael Johnson.
The Athletic Director, Gus Kalikas, had this to say about the event: “The Spring Athletic Awards was a wonderful event that allowed the administration, teachers, coaches, parents, and student athletes a chance to reflect on a wonderful spring athletics season while honoring our student athletes for their remarkable accomplishments. Our teams, coaches, and student athletes continue to raise the bar both in the classrooms and on the athletic fields and the Clark School District could not be more proud of their performance this past spring athletics season.”