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STEINERT ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS . . .|
The executive committee of the Steinert High School Athletic Hall of Fame has expanded
its level of effectiveness in the community. In addition to recognizing the achievements of former
athletes, coaches, teams and special contributors, Steinert High's Athletic Hall of Fame has instituted
a scholarship program to annually benefit current students.
In addition to recognizing the achievements of former athletes, coaches, teams
and special contributors, the Steinert High School Athletic Hall of Fame also presents scholarships to
Four members of the Spartans' Class of 2017 were presented with scholarships during the Hall of Fame dinner at Stone Terrace. Each received a $500 SHS Athletic HOF Scholarship.
This raises the number of scholarships presented to Steinert student-athletes to 46 since 2008.
Pictured in the photo at left are the Steinert High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2017 Scholarship recipients.
Ryan Meszaros has worked very hard to attain lifelong goals he has set for himself. Ryan has worked hard in the classroom and on the athletic fields as well as volunteered his time to the community, and because of all of this he is being awarded a 2018 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Ryan has excelled in the classroom with a 4.6266 GPA with a ranking of 14 out of 316 students. Ryan has involved himself within the school community as well as he has been involved with the Key Club, Distributive Education Club of America, Physics Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Spanish National Honor Society, the National Honor Society, and Peer Leadership.
Ryan has been a one-year varsity letter winner in cross country, a three-year varsity letter winner in basketball, and a two-year varsity letter winner in baseball. Ryan was a starting forward for the basketball team and a starting pitcher for the baseball team where he went 5-1 his junior season and will captain the team in his senior campaign.
Ryan has been busy volunteering during his four years at Steinert, giving his time to landscaping and decorating the Enable Group Home, to the SKOR Basketball Clinic, Bikes for the World and Relay for Life. Ryan has held jobs as a lawn mower and deck painter as well.
Ryan shares with us about his lifelong goal of attending Princeton University, “Although being warned such a daunting task would not be easy, I never allowed myself to be anything less than the best student I could possibly be; this mindset translated flawlessly to athletics.” Ryan will continue his education and his baseball career at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.
Giana Pittaro has pushed herself to become the best she can be on and off the soccer field. Coming from a family teeming with athletic and academic excellence, she has always had that pressure to be the best. During her four years at Steinert, she handled that pressure graciously and thrived as a student-athlete, and for that she is a recipient of a 2018 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Giana has been a four-year varsity letter winner in soccer and captained the team her senior season and a one-year varsity letter winner for the basketball program. Giana was a force to be reckoned with on the soccer pitch, leading her teams to back-to-back 19-win seasons and a Mercer County Tournament Championship her senior season. She finished her career with 46 goals and 30 assists, leading the team her junior and senior seasons playing forward while her natural position was at central defense. She was named Top 20 All-State by NJGSCA and CVC Forward of the Year as voted by the coaches this past season.
Academically, Giana was also a force to be reckoned with a GPA of 4.8057 ranking her No. 2 out of 316 students. Giana was also active during her four years at Steinert as she was involved with the Key Club, Yearbook Club, Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Peer Leadership and the Student Government Association.
Giana has also helped the community by volunteering as a camp counselor for Steinert Girls Basketball Camp, and as a hostess/service worker for Joey’s Little Angels. Giana has also made time to hold down a job as a server at The Inn at Fernbrook Farms.
Giana shared what playing soccer at Steinert has meant to her, “Whether it’s on the field, in the classroom, or volunteering for my community, I am and will continue to be a successful young woman and make a positive impact on my community because of the values soccer has instilled in me.” Giana will continue her academic and soccer career at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
Erika Golik understands the importance of being a student-athlete, that the hardships you go through make you a better person after dealing with them. Erika has exemplified this mantra to perfection during her four years at Steinert and for that she has been awarded a 2018 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Erika has been a two-year varsity letter winner for soccer and a four-year letter winner for the basketball program and captained the team her senior season. Erika was the starting goalkeeper for the soccer teams that went 19-3 and 19-2-1 in her junior and senior seasons, garnering a first-team all-CVC coaches award her senior season while winning the Mercer County Tournament Championship. On the court, she was a starting forward and was the team’s scholar-athlete for three straight seasons and the team MVP her senior season.
Erika has been a stellar student at Steinert with a 4.7304 GPA, ranking her 4th out of 316 students. Erika involved herself within the school community as she has been a part of Peer Leadership, and the Yearbook Club.
Erika has volunteered many hours during her years at Steinert as a counselor in training at the CYO Day Camp, bagging at ShopRite, helping at St. Mary’s Cathedral Soup Kitchen, YMCA SKOAR in-house basketball program and family luau, the Susan G. Komen Horseback Ride for the Cure, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Basketball Clinic, and Inspira Occupational Therapy Shadowing. Erika has also found time to hold a job during her time at Steinert as a counselor at the CYO Summer Camp and as a babysitter.
Erika tells us, “Being an athlete allows me to give back to the community as I continue to discover myself through the game.” Erika will attend Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., to study pediatric occupational therapy.
Alyssa Kramarz is the epitome of a well-rounded student. Alyssa has involved herself in many aspects of high school life and has excelled at them all. These are the reasons Alyssa has been awarded a 2018 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Alyssa has been a three-year varsity letter winner for the field hockey team and a one-year varsity letter winner for the lacrosse team. She captained the field hockey squad her senior season and was the recipient of a Central Jersey Field Hockey Association Honorable Mention for her senior campaign.
Alyssa really put forth her best effort in the classroom and that reaped huge benefits for her as she has a 4.6635 GPA ranking her 7th out of 316 students. Alyssa has kept busy within the school community as she has offered her help with the following extracurricular activities: Student Government Association Officer, Steinert’s School Pit Orchestra, Peer Leadership, National Honor Society, Senior Class Officer, Junior Class Officer, Future Business Leaders of America Club, and the Key Club.
Alyssa has volunteered her time throughout her four years at Steinert where she helped out at CYO Bromley Center, PAL Field Hockey Camp, Resurrection Lutheran Church’s Parents of Autistic Children and their Food Pantry, and at Joey’s Little Angels. Alyssa also spent two weeks in the summer of 2017 at The College of New Jersey as a member of the Urban Teacher Academy.
Alyssa shares with us about her experiences at Steinert, “With all of the activities that I have been a part of, I have learned about myself, members of my community, in addition to learning life lessons that I will carry with me throughout my life.” Alyssa will continue her education on the campus of The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J.
To describe Samantha Woolf as a well-rounded student is an understatement. While garnering the No. 1 spot in the senior class, receiving 11 varsity letters, being involved with many school clubs and volunteering many hours to the community, it is easy to see why she is a 2018 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship recipient.
Samantha has been a three-year varsity letter winner in cross country, and a four-year letter winner in both swimming and track and field. She captained all three of these teams her senior season. Samantha was the cross-country MVP her junior and senior seasons. During the cross-country season she won the CVC Patriot divisional race, finished fifth in the NJSIAA Group 3 meet and finished 43rd in the NJSIAA Group 3 meet. This past winter in the pool Samantha had many first place finishes in the 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, the 200m intermediate medley, and the 500m freestyle and was awarded the Go Getter Award which goes to a swimmer with drive, motivation, and the ability to lead by example.
When it comes to academics, Samantha has been the leader of this year’s senior class with a GPA of 4.8696, ranking her No. 1 out of 316 students. She has scored a 1540 on her SAT and a 32 on her ACT. On top of excelling in the classroom, she has been involved with peer leadership, the Spartan Sentinel Newspaper, Student Government Association, the Science Club, Spanish National Honor Society, and the National Honor Society.
Samantha has also volunteered her time in the community at the Hamilton YMCA as a swim instructor, at Brookdale Senior Living entertaining the residents by playing the flute and piano and doing arts and crafts, and at Okamiyama Shotokan Karate as a student instructor. Samantha also holds a CPR/AED/First Aid and Lifeguard certificate, is fluent in the Japanese language, and semi-fluent in the Spanish language.
Samantha tells us, “Four years as a Spartan student-athlete has instilled in me the will to be the best version of myself.” Samantha will continue her education in Cambridge, Mass., on the campus of Harvard University.
PAST RECIPIENTS . . .
2017: Morgan Comfort, Kelsey Espenhorst, Will James, Cassidy Wood
2016: Anthony Francioso, Daniel Maida, Emma Meiczinger, Steven Moticha
2015: Gabriela Bennett, Alissa Brugnoli, Benjamin Espenhorst, Stephen Huie, Domenic Maruca, Sarah Persichetti
2014: Stephanie Miranda; Brendan Harshman; Christopher Scordo; Patrick Harchik; Rachael Peters
2013: Amber Dietrich; Zachary Mabin; Lauren Matrisciano; Patric Wiegartner; Carly Wood
2012: Mackenzie Schlosser; Adam Riese; Ashley Gonzalez; Megan Sibree; Dominique Michale; Lindsay Usarzewicz
2011: Garrett Braddock; Stephanie Huie; Melissa Koster; Kishan Shah, Amanda Toomer; George Zimmer
2010: Jason Dzuranin; Kevin Hom; Dana Jeter; Tori Leigh
2009: Alyssa Laird; Scott Anthes; Maeve Nielsen; Megan Schlosser
2008: Christine Petrilla; Kenny Ridge