June 4, 2011


Prestige for local student athletes

Homer Central’s Katelyn Buchanan and Joe Marchetti will be part of an elite crowd of senior athletes being honored this coming Monday by Section 3 for excelling in both the classroom and on the playing field.
Jacob Stone and Shondel Wright from Cincinnatus Central, along with DeRuyter Central’s Alan Cizenski, will also be among the 128 students receiving special recognition and certificates at the Section 3 Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner being hosted by the Rusty Rail in Canastota.
The annual event is presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York to celebrate the accomplishments of the section’s top scholar-athletes and recognize the achievement of each student.
This year the program is awarding over $5,000 in college scholarships to outstanding high school student-athletes.
Each Section 3 high school may nominate one male and one female candidate.
The individuals nominated by each member school will be designated as Section 3 Scholar-Athlete Award winners.
Each of these individuals will receive special recognition at the dinner and will also be awarded certificates from Section 3.
The Section 3 Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest academic honor bestowed by the organization.
To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 90 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in a Section 3 sponsored sport.
Other factors such as community service, exemplary citizenship or other extracurricular activities are taken into consideration.
Thirty-one of the 128 scholar-athletes are ranked number one in their class and 99 are ranked 10th or higher in their respective classes.
Buchanan, daughter of Scott and Elizabeth Buchanan, played soccer, volleyball, softball and lacrosse during her high school years.
She will attend Syracuse University in the fall.
Marchetti, son of Victor and Ellen Marchetti, participated in football, basketball and lacrosse for the Trojans.
Marchetti will attend Lycoming College in Pennsylvania.
Stone and Wright were both members of the boys’ soccer, basketball and track and field teams at Cincinnatus.
Stone will attend Union College in the fall, and Wright is headed to Medaille College.
Cizenski was involved in boys’ soccer, basketball, golf and track and field in his scholastic career at DeRuyter and will attend Fordham University this fall.


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