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Students receive Ned Obernesser Soccer Scholarship

The girl's team winner Gina Calabrese is thanked by Ned Obernesser. Reminder Publications submitted photo
EAST LONGMEADOW Each year, the East Longmeadow High School booster clubs for both the boys and girls soccer teams award the "Ned Obernesser Soccer Scholarship" in recognition of his many years of support and dedication to the game of Soccer at all levels in the Town of East Longmeadow.

It is presented to a graduating senior from both the boys and girls soccer teams that exemplify qualities that he has stressed while coaching and refereeing soccer at the youth level, including sportsmanship, leadership and hard work. The criteria for the scholarships are listed below:

The recipients of the Ned Obernesser Soccer Scholarship award must:

Be recognized as having demonstrated good sportsmanship throughout their soccer career;

Be recognized as being a leader on the soccer field throughout the regular season;

Be recognized for having a solid work ethic as defined by their play on the soccer field throughout the regular season;

Be recognized for demonstrating leadership qualities as defined by a record of involvement in extra curricular activities at the high school and/or in civic activities within the town of East Longmeadow

Be a graduating senior from East Longmeadow High School in the academic year the award is presented;

Be admitted to, enrolled in or planning on attending a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited institution of higher education including both community or junior colleges;

Be a member of the East Longmeadow High School Varsity Soccer for at least two years including the academic year the award is being presented;

Be in good academic standing.

This year's awards go to players that have worked doggedly on their skills through out their many years of play, and who have trained themselves to be able to play at the varsity level.

The winner for the girl's tam has served as a role model for her peers and the underclassmen in her soccer community. A true scholar in the classroom, and a community involved student, her career on the soccer field has been marked by many accomplishments. A hard working team leader who never loses her enthusiasm, and is always focused on what is best for the team. She plans to continue playing soccer at the college level, and who knows what might happen after that. Please join everyone in congratulating the winner of this year's award for the girl's, team captain Gina Calabrese.

The boy's team winner is a leader both on and off the field of play, while playing defense for most of his career, he was moved to the mid-field of play this year, and played as if he had always been there. His skilled and determined play allowed the other members of the team to be more creative in their attack, thus making the whole team better. He was a true role model for the underclassmen on the team. He is a high-honors student who is looking forward to continuing his education at the college level. Please join everyone in congratulating the winner of this year's scholarship award for the boy's, team captain Justin Woishnis.

The girls banquet was held Nov. 19, and the boys banquet was hosted Dec. 3, both at Elmcrest Country Club.