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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
Members of the Spartans' current class are presented with scholarships during the Hall of Fame
dinner at Stone Terrace. Each receive a $500 SHS Athletic HOF Scholarship.
58 scholarships have been presented to Steinert student-athletes since 2008.
Pictured in the photo at left are the Steinert High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2019 Scholarship recipients.
Nicole Cerasi’s athletic career got off to an inauspicious start, crying on the bench of her first T-ball game because she didn’t want to play. Nicole has turned that completely around as she has tried every sport and been determined to be the best at what she does. That determination during her four years at Steinert is a major reason she has been awarded a 2019 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Nicole has been a three-sport varsity athlete at Steinert, excelling in cross-country, winter track and softball. She has captained all three of these teams and was an integral member of the Spartan softball squads that won the Central Jersey Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Group 3 state champions of 2016 and 2018 and the Tournament of Champions winner in 2018.
Nicole has been a stellar student at Steinert with a 4.52 GPA, ranking her 15th out of 316 students. Nicole involved herself within the school community as she has been a part of Peer Leadership, Hamilton NEWS club, National Honor Society, Italian National Honors Society, SGA, the Italian Club and the Baking Club.
Nicole has volunteered many hours with the youth group at Saint Vincent de Paul Parish and at Relay for Life. Nicole has held down jobs as well at The Stone Terrace, babysitting, and at First Bank, with a summer internship with Maria Mayshura, SVP - Internal Audit and Risk Officer.
Nicole tells us, “Being so involved created a competitive drive and determination that made me love being an athlete...” Nicole will continue her academic and softball career at Ramapo College of New Jersey in the fall.
As a freshman, Hagen Delakowski listened to the upperclassmen when they told him that his high school experience would be what he will make of it. Hagen heeded their advice and has made the most of his four years at Steinert and for that he has been awarded a 2019 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Hagen has received 12 varsity letters during his career at Steinert, four for cross-country, two for winter track and two for swimming and four for spring track. Hagen was a big part in helping the cross-country team make the state tournament for the first time in years and captained the cross-country, winter, and spring track teams.
Hagen has been a stellar student at Steinert with a 4.68 GPA, ranking him 7th out of 316 students. Hagen has involved himself within the school community as he has been a part of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, German Club, Math Club, Physics Club, STEM Club, Science Club and Peer Leadership.
Hagen has volunteered many hours with the Steinert Robotics Team, Winter Wonderland, Earth Day Cleanup, and Special Olympics. Hagen has found time to have a job as a Lifeguard at the YMCA and has certifications through the Red Cross for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/ CPR/ AED and Administering Emergency Oxygen.
Hagen tells us, “Being a member of so many clubs and teams has truly allowed me to enjoy my experience at Steinert.” Hagen is undecided where he will study in the fall but has applied to UCLA, The University of Miami, Brandeis University, TCNJ and Rutgers.
When she was growing up, Emily Diszler always wanted to be a varsity athlete at Steinert. She knew that hard work was the only way to make that possible. Emily’s efforts paid off during her four years at Steinert and for that she has been awarded a 2019 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Emily has been a four-year varsity track and field athlete as a thrower where she was the throwing points leader in her junior year with 121, placed second in the Mercer County Tournament in discus with a personal record of 109 feet 7 inches and placed 8th in the New Jersey State Sectional meets in both shot put and discus. Emily also placed 12th at the New Jersey State Group meet in the discus. Emily has also been an integral member of Coach Kristin Jacobs’ varsity girls’ basketball program for three years.
Emily has been a stellar student at Steinert with a 4.25 GPA, ranking her 48th out of 316 students.
Emily has volunteered many hours at Hamilton PAL Safety Town, Steinert Girls Basketball Camp, Joey’s Little Angels, and the Hamilton YMCA Special Olympics. Emily has also been employed while at Steinert at Hamilton PAL Basketball and Dolce and Clemente Italian Market.
Emily tells us, “Over my four years at Steinert I have taken great pride in the effort I have given towards my academic, athletic, and community service career.” Emily has yet to decide where she will study in the fall but has applied to Clemson University, Penn State University, North Carolina State University, Coastal Carolina University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland.
Before Ashley Goimbert entered the halls of Steinert High School she never played an organized sport. Through hard work and a selfless attitude she became captain of two sports during her four years at Steinert and she has been awarded a 2019 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Ashley has been a member of the field hockey and girls’ lacrosse programs, being a captain for both of these sports her senior season. Ashley was named to the second team of the Central Jersey Field Hockey Coaches Association and was named Trentonian All-Colonial Valley Conference Lacrosse Second Team.
Ashley has been a stellar student at Steinert with a 4.33 GPA, ranking her 36th out of 316 students. Ashley has involved herself within the school community as she has been a part of Peer Leadership, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, SGA, the Pathfinder Club, and co-captain of the Step Team.
Ashley has volunteered many hours at Mercer Street Friends, the Hamilton Township Public Library, Edinburg Animal Hospital, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, and Unified Sports. Ashley has also found time for employment during her years at Steinert where she worked at Bethel SDA Church in many capacities, and as a babysitter.
Ashley tells us, “I always try to aid others and my community in any way I can while continuing to excel academically and athletically as well.” Ashley is undecided where she will study in the fall but has applied to Temple University, Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Misericordia University, Rutgers University and West Chester University.
Hannah Hart has excelled on the soccer pitch, the lacrosse field, in the classroom, volunteering in the community, and within the art community during her four years at Steinert and for that she has been awarded a 2019 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Hannah has been a four-year varsity lacrosse player where she has been the first lacrosse player in Steinert history to score 100 goals by the end of her junior year and hopes to break the scoring record for girls’ lacrosse this spring. Hannah has also been a three-year varsity soccer player where she was named to the Hibernian Senior 11 Team, 2nd Team All-CVC Coaches, and was an integral part of the 2017 Mercer County Championship team, the school’s first since 2007.
Hannah has been a stellar student at Steinert with a 4.69 GPA, ranking her 6th out of 316 students. Hannah involved herself within the school community as she has been a part of After Prom Fashion Show, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, the Mercer County Teen Arts Festival, and the Yearbook Club.
Hannah has volunteered many hours at Womanspace, YMCA SKOR Program, Family Guidance Center Corporation, Bob Smith Soccer Academy, and the Hamilton Wildcats. Hannah has also found time for employment during her time at Steinert working at Bob Smith Soccer Academy, Frank’s Italian Ice and as a babysitter.
Hannah tells us, “The lessons I have learned from playing sports at Steinert go far beyond what happens on the field. Being on these teams has shaped who I am. It has taught me about time management, friendship, teamwork and responsibility.” Hannah will attend Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to continue her studies and her soccer career.
Brendan James has pushed himself to be the best he can be on the athletic field, in the classroom and within the community during his four years at Steinert and for that she has been awarded a 2019 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Brendan has been a three-year varsity football player where he was captain his senior campaign. Brendan was named Second Team All-Patriot Division as a linebacker and First Team All-Capital Division as a tight end, named the 12th Man Touchdown Club Player of the Week twice and won the Rich Fornaro Award for sportsmanship and team spirit. Brendan has also been a three-year varsity baseball player as a starting first baseman and was named honorable mention All-CVC as a junior.
Brendan has been a stellar student at Steinert with a 3.82 GPA, ranking him 125th out of 316 students. Brendan involved himself within the school community as he has been a part of the Italian Club, National Honor Society and the Italian National Honor Society.
Brendan has volunteered many hours at CYO Bromley Food Drives, Sacred Heart Church and CYO Yardville.
Brendan tells us, “Over the years, Steinert has brought me so many new friends and opportunities to be great. I feel that I have made the most of everything Steinert had to offer me.” Brendan is undecided where he will study in the fall but has applied to The College of New Jersey and Rowan University.
Lucy Ann Taffner
Lucy Ann Taffner began her tennis playing career at Northwood Racquet and Fitness club in Easton, Pennsylvania, when she was only 3 years old. Lucy Ann has continued to play tennis with pride and passion during her four years at Steinert and for that she has been awarded a 2019 Steinert Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship.
Lucy Ann has been a four-year varsity tennis player. Lucy Ann really came on during her junior season with a 20-3 record, placing second in the Mercer County Tournament. During her senior campaign, as a captain of the Spartan Tennis Team, Lucy Ann had a 15-3 record and placed third in the Mercer County Tournament. Lucy Ann has also been a USTA Tournament player and has won numerous trophies and medals through the years. Lucy Ann is currently working on getting her Coach Youth Tennis Certification in preparation for her Professional Tennis Registry Certification.
Lucy Ann has been a stellar student at Steinert with a 3.634 GPA, ranking her 152 out of 316 students.
Lucy Ann tells us, “I am Steinert pride, I wear my varsity jacket every day to school and I live by the Steinert code… ” Lucy Ann will attend Mercer County Community College to continue her studies and her tennis career in the fall.
PAST RECIPIENTS . . .
2018: Ryan Meszaros; Giana Pittaro; Erika Golik; Alyssa Kramarz; Samantha Woolf
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