Oswego County was represented by 16 of the 185 area high school seniors honored at the Section 3 Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner on June 10 at the SRC Arena in Syracuse.
The annual banquet was held to recognize the classroom and on-field achievements of the top qualifying male and female scholar athlete from each of the 105 member schools within Section 3.
This year’s dinner awarded more than $26,200 in college scholarships along with a slew of plaques and certificates, according to a recent press release from Section 3 executive director John Rathbun.
The area honorees consisted of: Jillion Mueller and Joshua Ostrander (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown); Courtney Fox and Joel Keohane (Central Square); Camille Stevenson and Ean Stevenson (Fulton); Brionna Emery and Logan Craig (Mexico); Melissa Chun and Anthony DiBlasi (Oswego); Emilie Hilliard and Marcus Berube (Phoenix); Samantha Hefti and Benjamin Carguello (Pulaski); Samantha Walter and Joseph Metott (Sandy Creek).
“Section 3 is proud to support these student-athletes as they round out their educational experience and we realize the value that athletics plays an important role of the high school learning experience,” Rathbun stated in the release.
The award is the highest academic honor bestowed by Section 3, and to be eligible, recipients must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 90 percent or above and participated in a Section 3-sanctioned varsity sport. Other factors such as community service, exemplary citizenship and other extracurricular activities are taken into consideration, according to the press release.
The Section 3 Scholar Athlete program was launched in 1988 under the leadership of Otis Sennett, Andy Jugan, and Jake Morse, with the intent of honoring scholastic and athletic excellence.