23 recognized as scholar athletes in Chesco

U.S. Rep Pat Meehan (R-7) with his district's Scholar-Athletes, including 23 students from Chester County.

U.S. Rep Pat Meehan (R-7) with his district’s Scholar-Athletes, including 23 students from Chester County.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7) recognized 23 Chester County students with the Congressional Scholar-Athlete Award on May 5, 2016. The award is given to students who exemplify the selfless dedication to school and sports that define the leaders of tomorrow. The students received the award at a reception held at Penncrest High School in Media, Delaware County.

Some two hundred students and family members were on hand as nearly a hundred high school juniors received the award. More than 40 high schools from throughout the 7th Congressional District selected one male and one female senior for recognition.

“It is an honor to recognize students that have demonstrated excellence both in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Meehan. “These students have shown what can be achieved through diligent work, drive and determination. Their success reflects favorably on their own ability and the commitment of their parents and educators. Each of these students should be proud of his or her accomplishments. I wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors.” 

Cheryl Colleluori, founder of the HEADStrong Foundation, was the keynote speaker at the reception and spoke of the importance of leadership both on the field and within the community. 

“Are you part of the team or are you the team?” said Colleluori. “Leave your mark. Be relentless on and off the field, and you will find great success. I hope you leave here tonight and take part of my Nick with you.” 

23 students from Chester County were presented with the award. They are listed below:

  1. Richard Brian Iovanisci – Bayard Rustin High School
  2. Elizabeth Susan Krikorian – Bayard Rustin High School
  3. Ashley Mendenhall – Coatesville Area Senior High School
  4. Matthew Popplewell – Coatesville Area Senior High School
  5. George Gordon – Downingtown High School West
  6. Katherine Sears – Downingtown High School West
  7. Jake Thomas O’Neill – Downingtown STEM Academy
  8. Emily Brechbill – Downingtown STEM Academy
  9. Austin Maxwell – Kennett High School
  10. Victoria Gallivan – Kennett High School
  11. Justin Tichenell – Malvern Preparatory School
  12. Christian Ostrowski – Malvern Preparatory School
  13. Jamonti Mayo – Octorara High School
  14. Brooke King – Octorara High School
  15. Allison Brunton – Owen J. Roberts High School
  16. Michael Deviney – Owen J. Roberts High School
  17. Virginia Bradbury – Oxford Area High School
  18. Eric Impriano – Oxford Area High School
  19. Hannah Menge – Twin Valley High School
  20. Joshua Mable – Twin Valley High School
  21. Nicholas Yang – Unionville High School
  22. Anna Juul – Unionville High School
  23. Morgan Monteith – Villa Maria Academy
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