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Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced: Get Your Tickets Early

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Jul 072019
 

Coach Gary Lindgren (taken in 2013)

The Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame will induct six new members at the annual Amity Hall of Fame / Hall of Honor Dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange CT at 5:30 p.m.

The 2019 inductees include:

Gary Lindgren, Ice Hockey Coach, and School Counselor

Patricia Mascia, Girls Basketball and Field Hockey Coach, and Physical Education teacher

Dawn Stanton, Class of 1986, Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

Ted Czepiga, Class of 2004, Football and Lacrosse

Chris Diette, Class of 2004 Swimming and Lacrosse

Amanda (Vargo) Zapatka, Class of 2004, Soccer and Basketball

The dinner tickets for this event are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of October 8th.

Make checks made payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame and send to Amity High School Athletic Department Att. Lori Bonney 25 Newton Rd. Woodbridge CT 06525

Amity Education Award of Distinction – Rosie Du

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Jun 202019
 

The wind really picked up and nearly carried my camera away as Jill LaPlante, Director of Counseling Services presented Harvard bound senior Rosie Du with the Amity Education Award of Distinction during the June 14, 2019 Commencement Ceremony in Woodbridge.

Rosie represented Amity High School with distinction indeed. She played Tennis, and an instrument, was a Link Crew leader, Editor In Chief of the school newspaper, and treasurer of the Student Government.

She worked very hard on her studies and will attend an Ivy League College in the Fall.

Rosie is an amazing young lady and will accomplish great things in the future.

Congratulations on earning this prestigious honor.

Here is a LINK to the video with a very windy background.

 

Class Speaker: Academic Excellence – Jacob Feuerstein

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Jun 182019
 

Academic Class speaker Jacob Feuerstein may “really, really like the weather,” but, as you will hear, the weather wanted nothing more than take center stage and be heard over his extremely humorous monologue. — I’m sorry, but I don’t have the technology to fix it.

The wind gusts picked up beachballs, pulled caps from heads, tried to steal my camera, and Jacob’s papers.

We wish this future Kevin Arnone all the best in the future and many more opportunities to let his voice be heard.

Here is a LINK to the windy video of Jacob’s speech.

Photos: A Windy Graduation Day At Amity

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Jun 162019
 

The 2019 Commencement Ceremony at Amity High School on Friday had Mother Nature on Its side as far as temperature goes, but the wind was brutal on the Grads as caps went flying during the procession and once launched, beach balls simply disappeared down the running track instead of sticking around the students’ seats.

The wind also messed with the sound on our videos of the class speakers, which I will post on Sunday.

Once again, since there were hundreds of photos, I’ll post them in increments for easier viewing.

Here are the procession photos as the dignitaries and students entered the stadium.

Amity Middle School – Orange A Top Performer In New England Math Contest

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Jun 152019
 

Middle School Math Masters

Students from Amity Middle School in Orange participated in the New England Math League Contest earlier in the school year. 

Edward Han, a seventh-grader on Team X, received a high score of 33 out of 35 questions.  He and his teammates received a total score of 141 points. 

Amity Middle School in Orange was designated as the highest scoring school in the region.  Edward Han was identified as the highest scorer in the region and was invited to the 8th Annual Math International Summer Tournament at the College of New Jersey.  

Amity Middle School received a plaque to acknowledge the fine work of the students.

Pictured are the five students who contributed to this excellent high score for the school: Edward Han, Aarav Patel, Ellen Ko, Haseeb Chaudry, and Annika Yun.

Final Installment of Block A Dinner Award Recipients

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Jun 132019
 

So many awards were presented at the Block A Athletic awards dinner on Sunday, that we had to post them in increments.

Here is the final installment of this award series.

Each year, the versatility award is presented to one male and one female student athlete who plays in multiple sports at Amity.

Michael Young played admirably on the Varsity Basketball team and the Football team in 2018-19.

His Football Coach Craig Bruno said Michael could play any position on the team and played masterfully wherever he was on the field. When you attended games at Amity, announcer Rob Kennedy could be heard saying Young’s name after many of the plays.

He truly is an exceptional athlete and it was a thrill watching him on the field and on the court.

 

 

Madeline “Maddie” Adzigian was #16 on the Volleyball court and she ran track.

Volleyball Coach Seth Davis presented the Versatility Award and praised her for her awesome ability.

Skilled athletes like Maddie don’t come along every day.

 

 

The 2018-19 Booster Club Scholar-Athletes are two students who work as hard at their sport as they do in the classroom.

 

 

Thomas Livesay plays Tennis for Amity and excels in his studies. He will be headed to Duke University after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Yuan is a runner on the Amity Track team. One thing she doesn’t run from is hard work.

Kate has a 4.078 GPA and will be attending Dartmouth.

 

 

The Albert J. Seymour Memorial Award is presented to one male and one female athlete who is unselfish and unassuming.

 

 

The winners are Baseball player #8 Cole Kucharchik and Golfer Hannah Sosensky, who was overwhelmed and tearfully accepted her trophy.

 

 

The Thomas G Laugeni Memorial Award is presented each year to one male and one female who display an exceptional character on and off the field, track, court, or course.

 

 

 

This year’s male recipient is Lacrosse player #7 Jacob Lettick, a fine young man that everyone can depend on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  =[ the female winner said she had to fight to get her player the award, since some may think of it as nepotism.

Basketball coach Michelle Shoop said that #34 Tara Laugeni fits the criteria for the honor and that she’s a talented young lady who made her 1,000th point this season.

Tara’s parents presented her with the trophy, accompanied by Coach Shoop and Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin.

 

 

 

 

 

There was one unscheduled presentation that night. Amity Principal Anna Mahon announced that Girls Tennis Coach Hal Friedman was named into the Coaching Hall of Fame.

He missed the award ceremony, so she made sure he received his MVP/Hall of Fame ring before a large audience.

Congratulations Coach!

 

 

Congratulations to all of the fine award winners at this year’s Block A dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Awards from the Block A Dinner

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Jun 132019
 

The Annual Block A Awards Dinner took place at Racebrook Country Club on Sunday, June 9.

Orange Live already published all of the male and female MVPs, the male and female Athlete of the Year recipients, and the three Coaches Association Award winners.

Here are some of the special award honorees:

Athletic Director, Ernie Goodwin, Olivia Greco, Sharon Greco, Ryan Miller, and Hockey Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli.

As a teenager, Mark Greco was a Spartans Ice Hockey Goalie. He went on to college, joined the Orange Police Department and worked his way up the ladder to become the Assistant Chief.

The community was shocked and saddened by his death during routine hernia surgery. His wife, Sharon was in the very early stages of pregnancy at the time, and gave birth to their daughter, Olivia, several months after losing her husband.

A year or two later, Sharon established the Mark E. Greco Memorial Hockey Award which she has presented each year to an Amity Hockey player who shares Mark’s character, values and passions.

This year’s winner was #7 senior Ryan Miller, a very talented hockey player, and nice person off the ice.

 

The Jeremy Saxe Memorial Award as presented to Senior Soccer defenseman #16 Sam Koorejian

Jeremy Saxe was one of Amity’s memorable multi-sport athletes. He was known for his talent in every sport he played, positive attitude, and his upbeat spirit. He died from an undiagnosed heart condition while in college.

It is an honor for any athlete to take this prize home.

 

 

 

The James Dunleavy Memorial Hockey Award named for a former hockey coach was presented to Senior Captain #20 Kenny Page.

Page had a phenomenal year on the ice and proved his leadership skills and athletic talent.

He and his fellow senior teammates will be sorely missed next season. It was a pleasure watching them play in 2018-19.

 

 

There are many more awards that were presented on Sunday, so, in order to get all of them in by Graduation Day, I have to rush a few of them by giving a little less detail.

 

 

The Thomas J Ross Memorial Manager Award was given to Jake Bronson, whose commitment to the Boys Varsity Basketball team was greatly appreciated by Coach Jeff Neilsen and the entire team.

Bronson will be hard to replace.

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Sullivan won the Steven J. Zeider Memorial Swimming Award.

 

 

 

 

 

The Paul D. Mengold Award was presented to Track Runner Madelyn “Maddie” Ciskowski.

Recognizing her leadership skills and integrity.

 

 

 

 

 

The male athlete honored with the Sportsmanship Award was Hockey Captain Kenny Page.

 

 

 

 

The female athlete to earn the Sportsmanship Award was Senior Soccer player #12 Madelyn “Maddie” Pickett.

 

 

 

The Unified Sportsmanship Award went to Joey Wasikowski who was unable to attend the award dinner.

 

We will publish the final installment of the award announcements prior to Graduation.

Students Not The Only Honorees At The Block A Dinner

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Jun 112019
 

On Sunday, June 9, Amity student-athletes, their coaches and family members gathered at Racebrook Country Club for the annual Block A Dinner.

We know that the athletes are recognized for their hard work and success in their respective sports. But students are not the only ones to receive awards at this event.

The Amity Coaches Association Awards go to those adults who make a difference in the lives of these student-athletes.

Outstanding Service Award

Girls’ Golf Coach Michael Cofrancesco presented the Outstanding Service Award to a mom who volunteers her time to teach the game to girls who want to be on the team.

Jennifer Barnsley has donated her time selflessly for years.

Her assistance is greatly appreciated by the coach and girls alike.

 

Coach of the Year

Boys’ Basketball Coach Jeff Nielsen had the honor of presenting the Coach of the Year award to longtime Girls’ Basketball Coach Michelle Shoop.

Michelle, the mother of two small children has guided the talented girls to championship games and is known for her patience, passion, and respect. Former players often come back to watch the games and check in with their beloved coach every year.

 

Assistant Coach               of the Year

Boys Hockey Coach Michael “Scooter” Richetelli surprised his assistant coach Todd Dandelske with this award.

Todd has been working with the Spartans Hockey Team for a long time and was part of the coaching staff when Richetelli won this award back in 2014. The year the boys went all the way to the state championship final.

Todd is well liked, and always smiling. Richetelli was joined by three of this year’s players (Jason Csejka, Kenny Page, and Ryan Miller) for the presentation.

 

 

Amity MVPs Honored At Annual Block A Dinner

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Jun 102019
 

Amity High School has some phenomenal athletes, that can’t be denied.

On Sunday, June 9, the Amity Booster Club hosted its annual Block A Awards dinner, during which the best of the best in Spartans athletics were recognized.

Most of the MVPs were chosen by their teammates.

One by one, the varsity coaches came up front and gave a brief history of his or her MVPs accomplishments before revealing the name and calling that athlete up to receive his or her plaque.

Following are the 2019 Male MVPs:

Baseball – Senior Pitcher, #7 John Lumpinski

Basketball – Senior Guard, #20 James Van Hise

Cross Country – Senior Connor Visnic

Football – Senior #22 Michael Young

Golf – Senior, Dan Comeau

Hockey – Senior, #18 Jason Csejka

Indoor Track – Senior, Richard Papa

Lacrosse – Senior, Harry Brochinsky

Ski Racing – Junior, James Fortin

Soccer – Senior, #25 Austin Gilbride

Swimming – Senior, Shiva Gowda

Tennis – Senior, Chris Bullers

Track and Field – Senior, Richard Papa

Volleyball – Senior, #5 Christian Tzepos

Wrestling – Senior, Andrew Seaton

Following are the 2019 Female MVPs:

Basketball – Senior, #34 Tara Laugeni

Cheerleading – Senior, Ashley Thomas

Cross Country – Senior, Madelyn Ciskowski

Dance Team – Senior, Sophie Benjamin

Field Hockey – Junior, #18 Tess Csejka

Golf – Junior, Tess Csejka

Ice Hockey – Junior, Tess Csejka

Indoor Track – Senior, Julia Potter

Lacrosse – Junior, #30 Ana Carney

Ski Racing – Senior, Mary Foley

Soccer – Senior, #14 Cailey Esposito

Softball – Junior, #26 Marissa Dwyer

Swimming – Senior, Molly Cox

Tennis – Senior, Sarah Bullers

Track and Field – Senior, Katie Yuan

Volleyball – Senior, #21 Abby Harbinson

Here are photos of the 2018-19 MVPs

 

Meet Amity’s 2019 Athletes of The Year

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Jun 102019
 

2019 Athletes of the Year, Connor Visnic and Abby Harbinson.

The Amity Booster Club hosted its annual “Block A” Dinner at Racebrook Country Club on Sunday, June 9.

All of Amity’s top athletes were honored with plaques, trophies or scholarship awards for their exemplary work throughout the years.

The top prize, of course, is the Athlete of the Year distinction.

This year’s winners are runner Connor Visnic and volleyball player Abby Harbinson.

In addition, Connor was named MVP for Boys Cross Country and Abby received the Girls Volleyball MVP Award.

Both are phenomenal athletes and deserving of the recognition.

We will miss them next year, and wish them the best as they go on to college.