Amanda McElheran and Matthew Murrock are the winners of the respective Clarence “Boots” Gaffney Awards, given annually to the male and female graduating athletes for exceptional athletic performance and personal growth throughout their years at Immaculate Heart Central School.
McElheran, the daughter of Michael and Patti McElheran of Watertown, is also the female recipient of the Air Force Recruiting Service Scholar/Athlete Award and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Section 3 Scholar-Athlete Award for soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She’s also received the U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award and IHC’s Faith Community Service Award for Exemplary Service Hours (60-plus hours). She was also named the Female Athlete of the Year for Frontier League athletes at the Watertown Daily Times All-North banquet.
She is also the recipient of fifth-place New York State Mathematics League Certificates of Merit and the Diocesan Outstanding Student Award. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Yearbook Committee, Newspaper Club, Whiz Quiz, Mystery Players and Rotary Interact. McElheran will attend the University of Albany in the fall with intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse and will major in biology with a minor in criminology. She plans to be a physician assistant and continue her education to become a medical examiner.
Murrock, son of Todd and Kim Murrock of Watertown, is also the recipient of the $1,000 William P. Plante Memorial Scholarship and the Frontier League Scholar Athlete Award. He also received the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award. He is a member of the Mystery Players, Newspaper Club, Student Council, National Honor Society and represented IHC at Rotary Club of Watertown events during the 2018-19 school year. He was varsity soccer team captain for IHC and a league honorable mention selection. He also played varsity basketball and lacrosse, also receiving league honorable mention. Murrock will attend SUNY Oswego this fall and major in business.
Gaffney Award winners are decided after input from the IHC school faculty and a final determination made by the athletic director, two girls varsity coaches and two boys varsity coaches.